(hotel with breakfast, meals, activities and local transportation included)
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Enjoy Cordoba, one of the most populated cities of the world in the Middle ages, in a 1 or 2 day city-break. Cordoba can be accessed by high speed train very easily from Madrid and this secure connection makes it easy to enjoy a break in Cordoba
Depending on your travel schedule you may decide to dedicate 1 or 2 days to Cordoba. One day is enough to enjoy the most important highlights and get a good feeling of the city. With 2 days you will be able to enjoy more attractions and even an excursion to MEdina Zahara. We have built this city-break in Cordoba including our recommendations for hotels, but bear in mind that you could enjoy 1 day in Cordoba travelling from Seville, or even Madrid, with the use of the High speed train. Besides just a city-break, this itinerary can also be part of any more extensive trip or vacation in Spain.
You will find recommendations to extend your stay and also to adapt it to your budget and travel style.
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Our budgets are based on average costs if you enjoy the different activities mentioned in the itinerary. But prices vary from month to month, or also in case of special events in Cordoba, which means you should treat our daily budget as an orientation.
You will be able to add any of the elements we recommend in the itinerary to your trip plan list to ease your planning.
On day 1 in Cordoba you will get to understand why locals claim that “Sevilla tiene un color especial” as a famous Spanish song says…
Cordoba was one of the most important cities in the world 1,000 years ago and a cultural super-power. During your visit, you will be able to enjoy this feeling, which remains alive in Cordoba still today. At the centerpiece, the gigantic Mosque and cathedral. This is one of the few places in the world where people can enjoy mass inside a mosque. But there is much more to enjoy in Cordoba: its narrow white streets, its famous Patios full of flowers…. We are sure you will Fall in love with Cordoba!
The mosque is not only a pastoral symbol for worshippers but is also a witness of thousands of years of fascinating history.
A wonderful traditional Andalusian tapas bar, decorated with bull fighting themes and small wooden tables. Great option if you are in the mood for tapas.
If there is one thing to enjoy in Cordoba, this is the Mosque.
During Mass you can enter free of charge. You will however not be able to visit it and the only area which you will be able to access is where the Mass takes place.
The tickets can be purchased using machines located near the entrance. You should arrive early to avoid long queues.
We strongly believe the best option to visit the Mosque is a guided tour. You avoid crowds and get guided by a local expert.
No matter how you decide to visit the mosque, we recommend you read about its history before you visit (we provide an enjoyable, reduced version of the history of the Great Mosque in this link)
Insider tip: we recommend to enjoy the views from the tower. 300 steps (with the option to stop at different levels to rest) . You wil be able to take fantastic pictures from here.
We strongly recommend you not to miss the views from the other side of the Roman bridge.
The walk from the Great Mosque to Viana Palace is full of interesting monuments, streets and squares.
– Calle del pañuelo (handkerchief alley) . This street receives this name because in its narrowest point it is no larger than an handkerchief being hold by two people that face each other
– Calleja de las Flores (Alley of the flowes) This is one of Cordoba´s most beautiful streets in Cordoba, Due to its size it often gets crowded. As its name indicates flowers hang on all the white houses in this street (most of which have been transformed into souvenir shops) Insider tip: turn your head if you arrive from the mosque to enjoy views of the tower or wait for the small square at the end of the alley.
– Plaza del Potro. This square gets its name from the foal above the basin of the charming fountain. This square served as a livestock market and became famous thanks to Cervantes, who mentioned it in Don Quixote. The writer is said to have slept at the Meson del potro.
– Plaza de la Corredera. When you get to this square you may think you have left Cordoba and have been transported to Castilla. There is nothing strange on this since the architect in charge was born in Salamanca. This large plaza is the only square plaza in Andalucia. It is also known as the Plaza del Mercado andwas used an an arena for bullfighting for many years.
–Time for lunch? In this are of Cordoba we recommend Ermita de la Candelabria to enjoy a relaxed traditional meal. If you prefer a tapas style lunch, we recommend bar Santa Marina, near Palacio de Viana.
– Roman temple An open air temple near the Town Hall. The building has been restored and boosts a façade decorated with impressive Corinthian columns.
– Cristo de los Faroles square. This is one of our favorite squares in Cordoba. Exceptionally charming and little, this cobbled square is surrounded by white walls in front of the Capucin monastery. The square offers a genuine Andalusian atmosphere and it is most of all famous for the cross that stands at its centre. The cross is surrounded by eight wrought iron lanterns, and the marble figure of El “Cristo de los Farandoles” or Cristo de la Agonía.
-Palacio de Viana.