Once the star of Al-Andalus and the seat of the Spanish Inquisition, the historic city of Cordoba and the spectacular great Mezquita /Cathedral is the magnet that attracts people to Cordoba province.
Remnants of the acclaimed Caliphate of Cordoba hold a tremendous historical and architectural importance, but it is the city and its inhabitants that bring Cordoba to life.
Away from the cobblestoned streets and the winding lanes, the province of Cordoba is less trodden by visitors allowing you to enjoy it without the crowds.
To the north, you have the Sierra Morena mountains, a range of rolling hills littered with ruined castles, civil war battlegrounds, and the legend of a boy raised by wolves. To the south, you have miles of olive trees, vineyards, and villages with restaurants serving up homestyle local dishes.
You could spend an entire week in Cordoba and not run out of things to see and do. The Mezquita is a must-see attraction, as is the city’s old Jewish quarter.
Away from the city, Cordoba offers visitors the chance to sample the real Andalucia in places where tourists have never set foot.
Being on the tourist trail and only 1 hour and 49 minutes from Madrid by high-speed AVE train, Cordoba has a vast array of accommodations to suit all budgets.
Backpackers and single travelers can find an inexpensive roof over their heads at one of the many hostels, while those used to the more beautiful things in life can pamper themselves with 5-star luxury.
Because Cordoba is so popular with tourists, the city has plenty of hostels all competing for your business.
Described as a 5-star hostal with fantastic staff, the Option Be is located close to all the attractions on one of the city’s main thoroughfares.
The good news for people visiting Cordoba is that accommodation is much less expensive than either Madrid or Barcelona.
Tucked away down Cordoba’s narrow streets, you will find plenty of mid-range hotels close to all the major attractions. One hotel, we particularly like, is the boutique Hospedería Del Atalia in the Old Town, just a two-minute walk to the Mezquita.
Set back away from the main road by a gated patio, this mid-range hotel features a beautiful rooftop bar with city views. Prices at the Hospedería Del Atalia start at 49€ per night. – Check hotels here
When traveling as a family, it can be challenging to find resort-style accommodation within a city.
For this reason, we recommend renting an apartment or villa through Airbnb.
If you visit Cordoba during June, July, or August, try and find a place with a swimming pool where you can hang out as a family and cool off from the scorching heat. – Check hotels here
When it comes to 5-star opulence, Cordoba has several options from which to choose. Rather than go with one of the well-known international chains, we prefer the 10-room Balcón de Córdoba in the Old Town, a stone’s throw from the Mezquita.
While Cordoba does have an airport for general aviation, it does not have any regularly scheduled flights. The closest airport to Cordoba that is practical for travelers is Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport.
Seville and Granada are both nearer, but Malaga is more useful due to its airport rail link. – Check flights here
With Cordoba being on Spain’s high-speed rail network, it is easy to get to from Seville (45min), Malaga (1 hr), and Madrid (2 hrs). – Get tickets here
Traveling by bus in Spain is simple, with nearly every town and village having some service. With Cordoba being a city, there are regular buses to Seville, Granada, Malaga, and Madrid. – Get tickets here
Thanks to Spain’s impressive motorway network, driving to Cordoba is essential and straightforward if you want to explore some out of the way places. Once in the city, however, a car becomes a burden due to a lack of parking.
If visiting the city of Cordoba by car, leave it between the Roman Bridge and the San Rafael bridge on the south side of the river and walk. – Check car rentals here
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With Cordoba having so much to see and do, there never is a wrong time to visit.
In the spring and fall, the temperatures are a little cooler, and the crowds have gone. If you visit during the height of summer, prepare for the heat and more tourists.
With its roots firmly entrenched in Andalusian history, the food in Cordoba has elements of spice and sweets introduced by the Moors.
Eating seasonally and only using the freshest of ingredients foodies will be in their element while traveling around the province of Cordoba. Below we have compiled a list of foods you must try while in Cordoba.
As we mentioned in the introduction, once you leave the capital, you have the province all to yourself.
Hikers will love the Sierra Morena mountains, the unspoiled countryside, and the Guadalquivir river’s permanent presence.
With Cordoba being on Spain’s high-speed AVE rail network, you can explore many of Andalucia’s attractions all within a day trip.
Home to one of the most impressive Gothic cathedrals and the breathtaking Moorish Alcazar, Seville offers plenty of things to see and do for the intrepid tourist.
You have seen the Mezquita, so why not now go to Granada and visit the Alhambra palace and the winding streets of the Albaicin Moorish quarter. – Check tours here
In recent years Malaga has seen somewhat of a makeover making this coastal city a hip trendy place to be. In Malaga, you will discover a historical legacy dating back to the Phonecians that includes an intimidating castle, a Moorish palace, and a Roman amphitheater. – Check tours here
Home to some of the world’s greatest museums and Picasso’s Guernica, a day trip to Madrid and a stroll through Retiro Park should be on everyone’s list. It’s well connected via high-speed train.
Declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their impressive Renaissance buildings, Ubeda and Baeza, are a testament to Spain’s wealth during this period of its history. – Check tours here