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Cordoba-Spain

Country
Spain
State
Andalusia
City
Cordoba
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

Córdoba, chief town of its province and the most important city in Andalusia after Seville, lies at the foot of the Sierra de Córdoba, an outlier of the Sierra Morena, in a plain which slopes gently down to the Río Guadalquivir. Narrow winding streets, small squares and low whitewashed houses, most of them with beautiful patios which can be admired from the street, give the town a Moorish atmosphere inherited from its past. It is still a kind of western European Mecca, with the famous Great Mosque, now the Cathedral, which in spite of later alterations ranks with the Alhambra in Granada as one of the two most splendid examples of Islamic art and architecture in western Europe. Córdoba is also famed for its silverware and its leather goods. Around the old town has grown up a modern Córdoba, with metalworking plants, factories producing electrical goods and foodstuff industries. The surrounding country is still given up to agriculture.



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How to Reach

By Air

Cordoba Airport is located about four miles outside of the city, but it does not serve any regular scheduled flights. It is a small aerodrome which is open to national and international airlines (countries that are part of the Schengen Pact only)  There are no customs or passport clearance facilities, so the airport cannot receive travellers from non-EU or non-Schengen signatories. There are other international airports in the region that you can fly into including Malaga, Seville and Gibraltar. All are within easy reach of the city. The airport is only a 10-minute drive from the city, with buses running regular services and taxis waiting outside.

By Rail

Cordoba is linked with other cities in Spain by the AVE high-speed train network. Seville is only 45 minutes away by train and Madrid can be travelled to in 2 hours. The main train station can be found in the northwest of the city centre. From this station, you can reach most of the main Andalucían cities as well as places such as Barcelona. European and American rail networks, including Eurorail,  pass through the area. The national train service is reliable and makes for a comfortable and fast alternative to taking the bus

By Bus

Travelling by bus or coach throughout Andalucía and the whole of Spain is very popular. It is a cheaper alternative to taking the train and due to a vast improvements in the road network, journeys are much faster and therefore more enjoyable. However, if you are thinking of travelling during the many public holidays that take place in Spain, travelling by bus can prove to be more difficult and less comfortable. The stations and buses can become very crowded and departures may be delayed as roads are busier than normal. The main coach station is located near the RENFE train station. It is well signposted and offers an information desk as well as a shopping centre.

Key places to visit
Cathedral Mosque, Puente Romano, Birds of Prey Reserve, Jewish Quarter, Calahorra Tower


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Places to Visit

Cathedral Mosque

Is world famous and can be found in the heart of the historic old city. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful pieces of Muslim architecture in the world. It is the world’s third largest mosque and is an exceptional example of Islamic art. Construction of the mosque started in 785 AD and it was completed in 987 AD. In 1523, following the Christian conquest of Cordoba, a cathedral was built inside. The decoration behind the altars in the cathedral and the mihrab are famous throughout the world for their beauty and uniqueness.

Puente Romano

Beside the Triunfo rises the Puerta del Puente, a Doric triumphal arch (16th century) at the end of the 16-arched Puente Romano over the Río Guadalquivir in Córdoba. The bridge was originally built after Caesar's victory over Pompey, and a Moorish bridge, 223m/244yd long was later built on its foundations.

Birds of Prey Reserve

This park can be found just outside the city centre, to the west of Cordoba. It is set in a beautiful location and is home to the main colony Analucia's of griffon vultures. One of the very last colonies of black vultures in Sierra Morena can also be found here.

Jewish Quarter

Symbolises the many cultures and religions that have lived peacefully, side by side, in the city. Jews have lived next door to both Muslims and Christians over the years. The Jewish Quarter is made up of a maze of little alleyways, all with a typical Andalucían character. It is easy to get lost in these streets, but there is so much to see that getting lost can be an altogether pleasant experience. The synagogue is situated in the centre of the neighbourhood and is one of only three to be found in Spain. The statue of the infamous wise Jew, Maimónides, can be found here along with other sights. Throughout history, the Jewish Quarter has been home to many intellectuals and scholars.

Calahorra Tower

This tower was built in the Middle Ages and was renovated in 1369. Originally built to defend Henry II from his brother Peter I (Peter the Cruel), the tower was built on the site of an old Arabian castle. It can be found next to the Roman Bridge and has been the site of many battles. It is made up of 14 rooms, which today, are home to three museums.

Right Time to Visit

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Temperature

January - February -> 9(°C) - Winter
July - August -> 31(°C) - Summer


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