Cordoba is a city that oozes old-world charm and historic significance. It really must be seen to be believed. At one point Cordoba was considered the largest city in the world, now it’s not even the biggest in the region of Andalusia. Cordoba is a melting pot of different cultures and religions – this is what makes the city so special.
Below lists the top 5 things you can’t miss when visiting Cordoba.
Explore the Jewish Quarter in Cordoba
The Jewish Quarter is located in the historic centre of Cordoba; which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Jewish quarter has a traditional Islamic urban layout which consists of lots of narrow whitewashed streets lined with floral displays and hanging baskets. Many of the streets lead to a dead end. This quarter is surrounded by an impressive wall, there is a grand arched gate to enter the area. The Jewish Quarter is home to some of the most attractive streets in Cordoba. Its unique charm is hard to resist! In some areas, it does not look dissimilar to the iconic white streets in Santorini, and Greece in general!
Cordoba’s Roman Bridge
As the name would suggest, this bridge has Roman roots, like many other parts of Cordoba. Dating back to the 1st century BC, this bridge has literally stood the test of time. The bridge is incredibly old and jaw-droppingly large. It is amazing to see that a structure built so many centuries ago can still serve its purpose today. We recommend visiting the bridge in the evening as it is illuminated.
As you walk over the bridge you will be serenaded by buskers, and lured in by local merchants wanting to sell you something!
Gate Of The Bridge
The Gate of the Bridge (also known as Puerta del Puente) is a Renaissance gate built in the 16th Century on the site of the previous Roman gates.
Back in the Roman ages, Cordoba was a walled city. Like all walled cities, there are large, grand gates to allow access into the city. Although much of the walls have been destroyed over the years, there are still remnants of the walled cities past. The Bridge Gate is perhaps one of the best examples of the ancient towers and gates in Cordoba.
Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba
This Landmark has so many names so its easy to get confused, these include:
- Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba
- Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption
- Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción
This is arguably Cordoba’s most iconic, and well-known landmark. The Mosque dates back to the 700s, a time when Cordoba was one of Europe’s leading cities. Unsurprisingly, the Mosque is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also one of the 12 Treasures of Spain. The inside of the mosque is pretty unforgettable. There are hundreds of columns and arches all of which come together in the most beautiful way.
Entry into the Mosque costs 11€. Normally we would think this is a bit expensive for entry to a building, but this one is worth it! If you are not willing to pay 11€ to enter, their gardens are free to explore and are equally gorgeous!
The Corredera Square (Plaza de la Corredera)
This is the main square in Cordoba, it has a similar look and atmosphere to the Plaza Mayor in Madrid, both of which have a brilliant, buzzing atmosphere. There are many places to grab a bite to eat and socialize here. The square is the largest in Andalusia and is incredibly photogenic too. As well as being a great area to relax, this square also hosts many events throughout the year including “The White Night of Flamenco” where flamenco dancing takes over the square.
If you are looking for a place to kick back, relax, and people watch for an hour, you’ve found it here in Corredera Square.
Cordoba is one of Spain’s hidden gems despite only being a short train ride from the nearby city of Seville. It’s not overly touristy, and as a result, it truly feels like an authentic Spanish experience when visiting. We cannot recommend visiting Cordoba enough. Although this list points out the best attractions to see in Cordoba, part of Cordoba’s charm is simply getting lost in the city, immersing yourself in its culture.
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