In Spain, the tourism sector is the main economic engine, and although its boom and beginnings started in the 60s, in the last decades we have seen that the sector has been consolidating more and more, offering better products with more qualified entrepreneurs. It seemed to be the perfect time for the tourism sector in Spain, until COVID-19 arrived and left the world without tourists, hotels, museums and bars empty for months. Although these months have been very hard for everyone, we can finally say that we are getting back to normal. Thanks to the end of the state of alarm, Cordoba is regaining its essence, with streets full of tourists, bars and hotels full. As more and more people are being vaccinated and always complying with the necessary safety measures, in this article you will learn about all the activities and experiences you should not miss in Cordoba, as this is a perfect city to be chosen as a post-pandemic destination.
More than 8,400 people passed through Cordoba’s tourist information points in May. These are not great figures, but they do show that little by little the tourism sector in Cordoba seems to be reviving after the lifting of the state of alarm and the end of mobility restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Logically, more than 86% of these people have been from Spain, the rest being from France. And although if we compare the figures with previous mayos, they have nothing to do with each other, we can see that little by little we are returning to the old normality in which Cordoba is full of tourists.
After the end of the state of alarm and now that the hot summer is coming to Cordoba, we will be able to enjoy long walks in the evening in Cordoba without having to keep an eye on the time to go home. We will also be able to go out for dinner again until 12 midnight, when the bars close, which means dinner without rushing, which is much appreciated and the pubs will close at 2 am, so we will also have time to have a few drinks in places like the Sojo Ribera with its spectacular terrace in the Amazónica with its magnificent terrace and decoration or the Mercado de la Victoria, where you can enjoy good music, drinks and an infinity of stalls to try delicacies from different cultures.
As we mentioned before, the bars and restaurants will be open for longer, so the first thing we recommend you to do is to visit the taverns and bars of Cordoba and enjoy their delicious food such as salmorejo cordobés, aubergines with honey or oxtail, which are just three of the delicacies of Cordoba. As well as enjoying some delicious tapas, raciones and beers, you will enjoy incredible views as the Cordovan taverns are located in emblematic places such as the Jewish quarter, around the Mosque, the Plaza de las Corredera, etc. Here you can find the tickets for our Guided Tour of the Mosque in Cordoba.
Another great plan will be to visit the patios, if you are not visiting Cordoba during the contest, you should go to the San Basilio neighbourhood, there you will find some of these magnificent courtyards open, knowing its great history and beauty that these host, the entrance to these has a very low price that will go towards the maintenance of these as the courtyards are privately owned houses that devote much time and effort to these.
A visit to the Arab baths of Cordoba is a unique experience that will leave you in awe. In the hammam facilities, with a marked Arab influence in the architecture, you will enjoy an atmosphere full of elegance, beauty, humidity, dim lights and, above all, peace, a lot of peace.
Of course, a visit to the Mosque-Cathedral is a must. This is the most important monument in the Islamic West and one of the most amazing in the world. You can learn about its rich and long history, as well as appreciate the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles of Christian construction.
Another must is the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, a fortress and palace that encloses a small Andalusian paradise. Its exterior may not have caught your attention, but you will be impressed by its interior and its extensive gardens. Click here for the timetable of our Guided Tour of the Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs.
Finally, we recommend you to visit the spectacular Flamenco “tablaos” in Cordoba, which will take you into an experience of singing, guitars and foot tapping and enjoy the gypsy-Andalusian art. You should also visit the Royal Stables and their exciting equestrian shows accompanied by flamenco, and learn about the history of this place.