With a population of over 320,000, Cordoba is definitely a city rather than a town. Yet it’s small enough to get around on foot or bike, and has more old-world charm than many places half its size.
How many cities in the world can boast having 4 World Heritage sites AND all the conveniences of modern life in the way that Cordoba can? But don’t take our word for it – come and see for yourself!
Arriving in the city centre, you might think you’re in downtown Madrid or Barcelona. But take a short stroll past the palm trees, fountains and parks that lead to the old Jewish Quarter, and soon the whitewashed walls and cobblestone streets will reassure you that you are indeed in Cordoba.
Cordoba‘s vibrant, bustling city centre has all the attractions of a modern Spanish city.
Cobblestone streets lead the way to the Old Jewish Quarter (one of four world heritage sites in Cordoba)
White–washed walls and potted geraniums are features of the Old Town.
In a city with an amazing wealth of architectural treasures, the ninth-century mosque is the jewel in the crown and a must-see for anybody ever visiting Spain.
The ‘Patio de los Naranjos’ is the gateway to Cordoba‘s emblematic Mosque/Cathedral (another of Cordoba‘s four world heritage sites)
No photo can do justice to the breath-taking architecture of the interior of Cordoba‘s world-renowned Mosque/Cathedral
Back in the city centre and surrounding neighbourhoods, you’ll find the shopping malls, restaurants and nightlife you’d expect to find in any modern city.
Shops, departments stores and malls can be found throughout the city
Outdoor bars and restaurants are extremely popular
There’s no shortage of clubs and live music venues
And if you tire of what Cordoba’s city life has to offer, the surrounding countryside offers a host of opportunities to get away from it all. If travel is your passion, you can be in Madrid within two hours and in Seville, or even down on the Costa del Sol, in less than an hour, thanks to the AVE high speed train.
Madrid is less than two hours away by high–speed train
Seville is just a 45-minute train ride away
You can be in Malaga, on the Costa del Sol, in 55 minutes
Weather-wise, Cordoba, like the rest of southern Spain, is warm and dry almost all year, with a short winter (from November to February) and soaring temperatures in the summer months.
The sun shines more than 300 days a year in Cordoba
Winters usually only last from November to February
Temperatures in the 30s, or even the 40s, are the norm in summer
Although usually a relatively quiet and peaceful place, Cordoba really lets its hair down for the local festivals in spring. Of course spring comes early in southern Spain with people taking to the streets in fancy dress for the Carnival in February. Soon afterwards, Easter is celebrated with candle-lit processions through the city streets. The month of May consists of a succession of local festivals including the festival of the crosses (cruces), the wine-tasting festival (la cata), the patios festival and the local fair (feria). Dancing traditional local dances and partying into the small hours make the month of May very special in a very special city.
Don’t miss Cordoba’s Holy Week processions if you’re here at Easter
Flower-covered crosses are a feature of the ‘Cruces’ Festival in May.
Cordoba‘s nine-day ‘feria‘ is perhaps the most spectacular local festival
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