A day in Córdoba
In my previous post I was telling you about the perfect 3-day city trip in Seville. But while you're there, why not discover Córdoba, which I experienced as the Spanish version of Disney's Agrabah! Today many parts of it are in ruin, but in the Middle Ages this was one of the greatest cities in the world. The city was ruled by several cultures over the years and had its glory days under the Islamic rule. This is when its main attraction was built: the Mezquita. Córdoba is less touristy than Seville or Granada and it is relatively small, which makes it a perfect day trip destination.
Walk on the Roman bridge
There's actually little Roman left from Córdoba's bridge as it was reconstructed many times over the centuries, but still it is an impressive monument and it offers a great view on the city's skyline dominated by the Mezquita. It might seem familiar to fans of Game of Thrones as it served as base for the Long Bridge of Volantis in season 5.
Visit of the Mezquita | Calle del Cardenal Herrero 1, Córdoba
The Great Mosque of Córdoba has been described as one of the wonders of Europe and that is not without a reason. With its incredible architecture and its 856 columns, it is a symbol of the sophisticated Islamic culture that flourished here in the 11th century. Later it was turned into a Cathedral so you'll find a Catholic choir in the middle, which makes for a surprising mix. Outside, there's a lovely courtyard with orange trees, similar to the one at Seville's Cathedral.
Lunch at Casa Mazal | Calle Tomás Conde 3, Córdoba
Hidden in a small street of the Jewish quarter, you'll find Casa Mazal, the "House of Fortune", where they serve Jewish meets Arabic cuisine. The restaurant has the cutest courtyard and the plates are equally colorful as they are delicious! Make sure to try the Salmorejo, an Andalusian specialty that's like a thick gazpacho. And watch out for the spicy dishes. When they say they're spicy, they're not kidding (even if you ask for a light version).
Walk in the Jewish and Muslim quarters
To get a feeling of what the atmosphere must have been like in medieval Córdoba, you have to wander the narrow streets of the quarters North of the Mezquita. The most famous one is Calle de Las Flores, with its white washed walls adorned with flower pots on both sides. Other places worth stopping at are the Plaza de la Corredera and the remains of the Roman Temple, but the best is just to get lost and see where you'll end up (while slowly going up North).
Visit of the Palacio de Viana | Plaza de Don Gome 2, Córdoba
To experience the best patio gardens of Córdoba, you have to go to the Palacio de Viana. In this old palace, you'll go from one courtyard to another - 12 in total - and you'll be amazed by so much architectural and green beauty. This place really is heaven for plant lovers.
How to get there:
It will only take you approximately 1 hour to go from Seville to Córdoba by train. To plan your journey, go to www.renfe.es.