A casi todos nos pasa que lamentablemente no disponemos de todo el tiempo que nos gustaría tener para visitar las ciudades a las que viajamos y es por ello que muchas de esas visitas son de sólo un día, por lo que no nos queda otra que “estirar” las horas que vamos a pasar haciendo turismo para aprovechar al máximo nuestro paso por la ciudad.
Nowadays we have a very full and even stressful routine, so unfortunately we don’t have as much time as we would like to visit all the incredible corners and enclaves of the cities we visit. For this reason we bring you this article in which you will have planned your day in Cordoba so that you don’t miss anything and fall in love with everything this city has to offer.
In the case of Cordoba, we are very lucky that there are no long distances between the main monuments, so let’s go there!
Fortunately, the Freetour that we offer in Owaytours, will help us to know in a general way the main corners, historical stages and monuments of the city. It starts every day at 10.30 am from the Plaza de las Tendillas. It lasts two and a half hours, during which we will visit such emblematic places as the Roman Temple of Claudius Marcellus, the Plaza de la Corredera, the Plaza del Potro, the area around the Roman Bridge and the Jewish Quarter.
We finish at Puerta de Almodovar, just 3 minutes away from the Mosque Cathedral, we recommend our Guided Tour to the Mosque of Cordoba, so it is always a good idea to continue with a visit inside this unique monument in the world, World Heritage Site by Unesco since 1984 and recently elected by the same tourists as one of the 5 most beautiful monuments in the world.
We will focus on restaurants to delight us at lunchtime, as we need to regain our strength to enjoy this adventure to the full. And what better than to recover your strength in a restaurant in Cordoba, with the best traditional gastronomy of the area, known both in Andalusia and throughout Spain, based on the use of natural products and ingredients of very high quality such as olive oil and with full dishes, with which you will surely be well satiated. Some of these rich and typical dishes are salmorejo cordobés, flamenquín, aubergines with sugar cane honey, oxtail and much more. In addition, to facilitate digestion, we can accompany these dishes with a good local fine wine.
Located in a spectacular area, a few steps away from the Mosque, we can find Casa Pepe, the ideal place to try the delicious dishes that we have mentioned before, typical of Cordoba. Although its prices are not the cheapest you can find, the place and the quality of the food will make them seem right.
This place is very well known in Cordoba, as it offers a killer tortilla de patatas, right next to the Mezquita. Their omelettes are made with 20 eggs, hence the size of the omelettes. A pincho de tortilla is 2,30€ and with other tapas you’ll be satiated.
Also located in a spectacular spot, in this case in the corredera, you can enjoy salmorejo, rabo de toro (oxtail) and japuta en adobo (marinated squid) for the same spectacular price as the place where it is located. In addition, the half portions are very complete dishes, that is to say, in Bar Casa Patri the combination of place, price and dishes is perfect.
After resting for a while and regaining our strength with lunch, we can head towards two of the most famous narrow streets of the old Caliphate city: we are referring, of course, to the Calleja de las Flores (from whose final square we will find a beautiful frame of the bell-tower of the cathedral) and the Calleja del Pañuelo, which when we cross it to reach its end, we will find ourselves in one of the smallest squares in all of Europe.
In the heart of the Jewish Quarter, near the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, we find this peaceful alley, one of the most traditional in the city. The trellised balconies are filled with flowers, which add fragrance to the pleasant stroll of the visitor. It leads to a small square from where you can enjoy beautiful views of the Mosque.
Located very close to the Mezquita, this is one of the places you must visit in Cordoba because of its unique atmosphere. This Moorish-style street is no wider than a lady’s handkerchief and at the end of it is a small square considered by some to be the smallest in the world. In it is a small fountain with an aromatic orange tree. The murmur of the water falling from the fountain and the scent of orange blossom in this small setting will transport you to an idyllic place.
The Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, a fortification built in 1328 by the Castilian King Alfonso XI on the remains of the old Caliphate Palace, is located less than 10 minutes walk from this point, so it is our next recommendation to continue exploring the city. Here you can stroll through the beautiful gardens where the emirs and caliphs of Cordoba and the Catholic Monarchs themselves were recreated. You should know that you can climb the towers and admire the excellent state of conservation of the Roman mosaics that decorate the walls of what was the former Chapel of the Tribunal of the Holy Inquisition, and from this place you have the best panoramic views of the Alcazar, its gardens and the Mosque in the foreground, as well as the Guadalquivir River and the Roman bridge.
To end our day in the beautiful Cordoba, nothing like going to the viewpoint on the right side of the Calahorra Tower, crossing the Roman Bridge, to take one of the most beautiful pictures you can take in the city, with the Mosque in the background, the incredible Roman bridge, a view of the Sotos de la Albolafia and the Guadalquivir river. What more could you ask for? It is so beautiful that the view that stretches out before us from this point is the same that appears on the coat of arms of the Council of Cordoba since the 16th century.
We hope that all these recommendations will help you to organise your visit and that you will take away with you a precious souvenir of the places, monuments, gastronomy and people of Cordoba.
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