Step into the land of beautiful Andalusian white-washed homes, colorful patios & gardens, and historically unique architecture in Córdoba. In this southern city, the culture blends the historic pasts of the Romans, Visigoths, Moors, Jews and Christians. Originally a Roman city, Córdoba was taken over by the Muslims in the 700s at a time where it was one of the most powerful cities in Europe. Later becoming a part of Christian Spain, the city’s landscape and culture evolved once again.
Today, Córdoba’s historic city center boasts a UNESCO World Heritage Site – The Mosque-turned-Cathedral de Córdoba, the city’s most famous site. Originally, a large mosque from the 8th century, it served as a dual place of worship for Visigoth Christians and Muslims for many years. It then served as solely a mosque before converting completely into a Catholic cathedral under the Spanish monarchs in the 13th century. The cathedral is housed within the noteworthy Moorish architecture and design. History and garden lovers visiting Córdoba will also want to visit the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, or the Castle of the Christian Monarchs. The palace reflects Córdoba’s various eras in the residence, gardens, museum, and courtyards. This too is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its rare, mixed representation of cultures and styles. While here, don’t miss another cultural marvel, Córdoba’s Jewish Quarter (the Juderia) to witness an incredible example of a Gothic synagogue, the city’s only remaining one, all within this charming neighborhood.
The Juderia is filled with patios famous for showcasing bright and intricate flowers. In light of this, a spring time festival is held where locals open their homes to the public with the aim of featuring their displays. In the evening, enjoy a flamenco show or try a refreshing salmorejo, the typical chilled soup of the region. For a more hearty dish, meat lovers might try flamenquín, a fried pork entree, or Valesitas always recommend the Andalusian fried eggplant with a drizzle of molasses. When in doubt, the region’s olives serve well paired with an evening aperitif or for a light snack while touring.
When planning your trip, you will not regret one to two days in Córdoba, whether that be a day trip or combined with Sevilla or Granada. Ask your Customer Service Manager for further details when planning for your clients in the south of Spain.