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Guide to Cordoba

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Cordoba Mosque Spain

Guide to Cordoba – Introduction

It is difficult to achieve what generations of poets – Muslim, Christian and Jewish – have struggled to do for centuries. That is, capture the beauty and romance of Cordoba in words. Everything you picture in your mind when imagining whitewashed Andalucia is here – the patios, the flowers the seemingly endless labyrinth of tight corners ending in hidden plazas. Colours abound, the air is sweet with the scent of flowers and heavy under the weight of history. Cordoba is an absolute must on any tour of Andalucia.

The history is simple enough to describe yet the effect that this city has had on Modern Europe, through trade and eminence of culture, medicine and poetry is mind-boggling. Cordoba’s occupiers read something like this: Romans, Muslim, Catholics – the classic Spanish combination leaving it indelible mark on the city. Cordoba’s greatest hour came from mid 8th century through to the mid 13th century when successive Muslim leaders, none more so than Abd Ar-Rahamn III helped develop Cordoba into a powerhouse, the largest city in Western Europe, a hotbed of medicine, philosophy and art and a Muslim stronghold on a par with Baghdad.

Cordoba has one of the greatest and most stunning examples of Muslim architecture in the world – the Mezquita de Cordoba (Cordoba Mosque) with its dazzling array of arches ranks amongst the finest of its kind. History eminates from this Andalucian city, from the Roman bridge to the Arab baths, and through to the old Jewish quarter, there’s so much to soak up here. That’s not to forget that Cordoba is a functioning, modern city too. Although it suffered years of decline, of late the local government has made grerat efforts to modernise Cordoba and exploit it’s obvious draw to outsiders. A bid for European Capital of Culture 2016 is underway and a great job is being done to renovate the new town and build attractive suburbs.

Guide to Cordoba…Don’t Miss

  1. Visit the Mezquita (mosque) and wonder at the architectural splendour in this magnificent edifice.
  2. Get lost in the warren-like Judería (Jewish quarter), and pop your head into the 700 year old sinagoga (synagogue) navigating the cobbled streets and chancing upon gloriously small sun-soaked plazas.
  3. Feast on Cordoba’s speciality dishes, Salmorejo (thick tomato soup served cold) and Rabo de Toro (succulent bull’s tail)
  4. Wander round the peaceful gardens of the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos (Fortress of the Christian Kings) and muse on the history that the place has seen.
  5. Stroll across the Puente Romano (Roman Bridge) and look back for a view of old Cordoba.

Guide to Cordoba – What to Look for on the Menu

We know how tough it can be in a bar or restaurant when you’re visiting a foreign country. Here’s our guide of what local specialities to look for on the menu in Cordoba.

Salmorejo – A refreshingly cold thick tomato based soup, normally served with grated egg and ham on top.

Rabo de Toro – Slow cooked Bull’s tail, succulently melt in the mouth.

Cordero a la miel – An old Arabic recipe, Lamb cooked in honey.

Pastél Cordobes – Another old relic from Muslim days, the regional sweet snacks and pastries are wonderful.


Where to Stay in Cordoba

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Recommended Further Reading – Cordoba

Andalucia for Holidays offers an informative page on Cordoba.

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