So you’re planning on going to Spain, but can’t decide if it’s worth your while visiting Cordoba?
Well, let us put you out of your misery – it absolutely is!
It’s hard to put your finger on why Cordoba is so special, but we will certainly give it a go. Below are the many reasons why it’s worth visiting Cordoba, and a few reasons why not!
Traditional Spanish Charm
Unlike most major cities in Spain, Cordoba has an abundance of traditional Spanish charm! It will transport you back in time and submerge you in its enchanting blend of cultures. What makes Cordoba so different is its fascinating history coupled with the unique religious element that has had a major influence on the city, particularly the architecture. It is easy to feel like “one of the locals here”… even if you can’t speak the language!
Year-round great weather
One of the great things about Cordoba, and the Andalusia region in general is the almost guaranteed sunshine year-round. Whether you visit in January or August, you won’t be disappointed by the weather. If anything it can be too hot, especially if you are visiting in the height of summer when temperatures can soar up to 40 degrees.
Cordoba in fact has not only the highest average summer temperature in Spain but also in Europe – so make sure to bring sun suncream!
When we visited Cordoba in February 2022 it was 20 degrees celsius with not a cloud in the sky.
So much to do and see
Although Cordoba is a small city, there is plenty to do and see. From learning about the city’s rich history to sampling the local cuisine, it’s easy to be kept busy here.
Some things you can’t miss when visiting Cordoba include:
- Mosque-Cathedral Of Cordoba
- Explore The Jewish Quarter
However, there is so much more to this city than those two landmarks. To find out more about what to do in Cordoba, make sure to check out the post below.
Cordoba is steeped in history, and it is perhaps the primary reason to visit this stunning city.
Arguably, the most interesting fun fact about Cordoba is that it used to be the largest city in the world. Nowadays it is not even the largest city in Andalusia!
Furthermore, it may surprise you that Cordoba is home to the most UNESCO World Heritage sites IN THE WORLD! The original reason Cordoba was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site was due to the notable examples of Moorish Architecture. The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 and since then the UNESCO status has been expanded to recognise the whole historic centre of Córdoba, Medina-Azahara and Festival de Los Patios
Cordoba can be done in a day
One of the best things about Cordoba is that it can be done in a day. Due to its small size, you can walk between all the major landmarks pretty quickly. Whether you opt for a guided walking tour or want to walk to the beat of your own drum, you can hit up all the key landmarks within a day, making it the perfect day trip destination.
However, if you are looking to really indulge in the atmosphere of Cordoba, you may wish to spend a little more time in the city.
Located in the Andalusia region in southern Spain, it is conveniently located between 2 major cities; Madrid (400km away) and Seville (120km away). Both cities are well connected by road and rail routes.
From Madrid, it takes approximately 4 hours by road, and 1hr 42 by train. However, the train can be a little pricey
From Seville is approximately 1hr 30 by road, and 41 minutes by train.
To find out more about getting to Cordoba, check out the post linked below.
It feels undiscovered by the masses
When visiting Cordoba outwith the peak season it truly feels like you have stumbled on an undiscovered hidden gem. Its unique charm coupled with its narrow winding streets transports you back in time to a bygone era. Furthermore, due to there being next to no crowds, you can simply slow down, relax, and take in the local way of life. Whether this is eating out at a local restaurant or simply reading a book in the gardens of the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba.
Unfortunately, during the peak season, you will not experience this same level of Spanish charm and tranquillity and won’t feel like “one of the locals”. The hustle and bustle of tourists will be prevalent.
So, is Cordoba worth visiting?
Cordoba truly is one of a kind. Its rich history and fascinating architecture are reason enough to visit this stunning city. So the short answer is yes. Yes, Cordoba is worth visiting.
We were pleasantly surprised when we visited, our only regret is not staying longer!
When is Cordoba NOT worth visiting?
Firstly, if you are travelling from Madrid and are on a budget. The train from Madrid is reasonably expensive, and therefore we feel like by not visiting Cordoba you could enjoy your trip to Madrid much more without the financial budget of the train. Conversely, you could take a bus, which will take a bit longer but will be significantly cheaper.
Secondly, during July and August. Although we cannot deny that Cordoba is an extremely special city, we personally believe it would lose a lot of its charm during the height of summer when many other tourists visit. Furthermore, the excessive temperatures during this month are not conducive to spending a lot of time outdoors trekking around the city.
With that being said, if you are only planning on visiting Spain once, we would recommend going to Cordoba, whether you are on a budget or during peak season. There really is something special about this city that can’t be missed!
If you are still on the fence, check out our other post on Cordoba below.
Furthermore, if you are looking for more information about Spain in general, we’ve got you covered right here!
If you have any further questions about Cordoba, leave us a comment, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.