16 essential places to see and things to do in Córdoba in one or two days

Mosque of Cordoba

If you are looking make a getaway to a city with great heritage attractions, charming corners and delicious cuisine, that is Cordova in Andalusia.

Visit Córdoba It is very easy because it is a very manageable city when it comes to moving around it, in which the main corners you can meet them on foot.

Fleeing the rigors of summer, any other time of the year is ideal to discover this beautiful Andalusian city that we show you in this video, which summarizes what to see and do in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

I remind you that Cordova It is part of the list ofPatrimonies of Humanity of the Unesco thanks to your historical Center, where the wonderful highlights mosque monument.

In addition this city is very well connected thanks to the bird which, for example, will take you from Madrid in just one hour and 45 minutes, which is an invitation to make a getaway to visit Córdoba in one or two days.

What to see in Córdoba

If you are one of those who like to sign up for a city ​​tour, here we leave you the link where you can hire the visits, excursions and guided tours in Spanish more interesting.

If, on the contrary, you prefer to explore it at your leisure, we will propose a route to visit Córdoba in 16 steps after our most recent visit to the city.

Flower Alley in the Jewish Quarter of Córdoba

Based on this information, you regulate the time you spend on visits, according to your availability and preferences.

Tendillas Square

Ourvisit to Cordoba We started it in the Tendillas Square, the axis where the commercial life of the Andalusian city is developed and organized, and which serves as a connector of the main commercial avenues that are the streets of Cruz Count Y Gondomar.

Although the origins of this enclave date from the fourteenth century, in 1908 the process of formation of the square began, widening from east to west.

The square is crowned by an equestrian statue of Monument to the Great Captain, from 1927.

Roman Temple of Córdoba

Though Cordova It has the remains of several Roman temples, this is the most important found by excavation.

He Roman Temple of Córdoba It is of Corinthian style, 32 meters long and 16 meters wide, and was built throughout the middle of the first century and then underwent several modifications in the second century.

Currently, the only remains that we can see are its foundation, the staircase, the altar and some columns and capitals.

The forms that are seen today are the result of the reform of the mid-twentieth century during the construction of the Cordoba City Hall.

Courtyard of the Viana Palace in Cordoba

Viana Palace

He Viana Palace It is a valuable sample of the manor houses of the Cordoba nobility.

Actually the visit to the palace It is a double visit, because in addition to touring the interior of the building with a guided tour, you can also see the courtyards and gardens.

In our case we visited the entire complex, starting with one of its main attractions, the twelve courtyards and the garden Surrounding the palace

Then we sign up for the guided tour inside the palace of Viana where we could see the rooms that occupied the Marquises of Viana with its original decoration, as well as collections of objects and artistic works.

Viana Palace in Cordoba

Sliding Square

TheSliding Square It is one of the most emblematic places in the city of Córdoba and that we liked the most.

It is the only quadrangular main square in Andalusia, which you find in the center of the city, and has its entrance and exit through the so-called High arch Y Low arch.

With the passage of time the square has had numerous renovations and has been used for different purposes, mainly holidays, such as bullfights, from which the current name of the square derives.

On December 18, 1981 it was declaredWell of Cultural Interest.

Mosque of Cordoba

Mosque of Cordoba

The old mosque It is undoubtedly the great monument of the city, which is currently considered to be Christian cathedral of Cordoba.

It is a great exponent of arabic art in Spain, being built between the eighth and tenth centuries, at the time of greatest strength of the Umayyad Caliphate in Cordova.

The visit of the mosque of Cordoba It has many sections because in the outer wall you find interesting corners, such as gates of Al Hakam II.

Patio de los Naranjos in the Mosque of Córdoba

Once you enter through one of the entrance doors, or through the main one, the door of forgiveness, you will be in the beautifulPatio de los Naranjos.

Inside you will have many places to see, from the archaeological remains of the original Visigoth church, to the places with the greatest artistic richness of the old mosque, the mihrab and the macsura.

You can also see the gothic ship which was built inside during the twelfth century after the Reconquest, and of course the renaissance basilica of the catholic cathedral.

In sum, the most essential of the visits in your getaway to Cordoba.

San Rafael statue in Cordoba

San Rafael statue

As soon as we left the Mosque we headed towards the river and we found the Triumph of San Rafael, which is one of manytriumphs existing in the city.

Dedicated toArchangel Saint Raphael, guardian angel of the city, you will find this monument located in the Triumph Square of theCathedral neighborhood, giving to theRoman Bridge Gate.

Door of the Roman Bridge in Córdoba

Roman Bridge Gate

The Bridge Gate It is one of the only three doors that are preserved in the city of Córdoba, next to theAlmodóvar Gate (which we went through later) and theSeville Gate.

The current door is located in an enclave where once there was also a roman door that united the city with theRoman bridge and theVia Augusta,and where a Muslim door was later placed.

The configuration of this door as we see it now is the result of a remodeling carried out in the 16th century.

Calahorra Tower and Roman bridge of Cordoba

Roman Bridge of Córdoba

Also know as "the old bridge«, It was the only bridge the city had for 20 centuries until the construction of the San Rafael Bridge, in the middle of the 20th century.

Built in the early 1st century during the time of Roman domination inCordova, the current structure of Roman bridge goes back to the Middle Ages, when an initial wooden bridge could possibly be replaced.

Calahorra Tower

When from the center we cross the Roman bridge, on the opposite shore we find the Calahorra Tower, which was used since the time of Muslim domination as a watchtower.

Throughout its history it has had numerous reconstructions, mainly one in the Caliphate era, and another with the reinforcement that was carried out during the twelfth century.

Gardens of the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos in Córdoba

Currently the Calahorra Tower houses the so-calledAl-Andalus Live Museum, which shows the existing coexistence between the Jewish, Christian and Muslim cultures.

Alcazar of the Christian Kings

Returning again by the Roman bridge, you arrive at Alcazar of the Christian Kings, a fortress built in 1328 by the Christian king Alfonso XI in the place occupied by the former Califal Palace of the Omeya.

In the visit of this fortress where the Catholic kings you can climb the walls and the tower of tribute, from there you will have beautiful views of the historic center of Córdoba.

But you can also stroll through its gardens and visit the interior of the building that now houses a museum with objects and mosaics from the Roman era recovered in excavations carried out in the city.

Royal Stables in Córdoba

Royal Stables in Córdoba

In front of Alcazar of the Christian Kings you have the Royal Stables, enclosure that you can even see from the walls of the fortification.

The Royal Stables they are founded in the 16th century, when Philip II ordered to develop a genetically perfect horse breed, the purebred spanish.

The king sought to get a horse with the elegance of Arabian horses, but that would serve for war; for it reinforced the Arabian horse raised it and led to the development of a more powerful neck and legs.

Currently in the stables you can enjoy all kinds of equestrian shows; In our case we are left wanting to see some, but we certainly signed up for our next visit to the city.

Patio of the Alcázar Viejo neighborhood in Córdoba

Courtyards of the Alcazar Viejo in Córdoba

Every year in Córdoba during the month of May theFestival of the Cordovan Patios, a contest that takes place throughout the city so that the courtyards are open to the public to visit them.

But originally the contest was limited to the area of Alcazar Viejo, which is where the idea of ​​showing the yards to visitors came up.

If you want to make one route through the courtyards of Córdoba you have to know that there are Spanish tours in which a local guide teaches a selection of the most beautiful and best decorated.

Tea shop in the Jewish quarter of Córdoba

District of the Jewish Quarter of Córdoba

Visit Córdoba is synonymous with walk around the Jewish Quarter, the neighborhood that extends next to the Mosque, and in which the Jewish population lived between the tenth and fifteenth centuries, until their expulsion.

Now it is a network of narrow alleys where you find craft shops and souvenirs, as well as tapas bars and restaurants.

It is the neighborhood through which tourists move during the visit of Córdoba, and where you can find places like the old Synagogue of the year 1315 or Sefarad House museum.

Taverns in the Jewish Quarter of Córdoba

Almodóvar Gate

The Almodóvar Gate it is one of the only three that are preserved today of the medieval wall from the city of Córdoba.

Of Arab origin, from the time of Abderramán I, what you can currently see is a later reconstruction carried out in the fourteenth century by Christians, which you can cross very close to the Alcazar of the Christian Kings.

Victoria Market in Cordoba

Our tourist route through Córdoba We ended up having dinner at the Victoria Market, a gastronomic corner in the style of San Miguel Market in Madrid or that of the Boqueria in Barcelona.

In it we can find a wide range of kitchens, both national, with Cordoba and Spanish products, as well as international.

It is also a nice place to end a day of sightseeing in the city and relax to return home the next day.

Corner of the Jewish Quarter in Córdoba

Flamenco show in Córdoba

Perhaps one of the most emblematic icons of Spain is the flamenco.

It is part of the tradition of a part of the population in Andalusia and is one of the most representative cultural aspects of our country abroad.

There are many tourists who come mainly to Andalusia to see one of these magical shows.

Therefore you can conclude your day in Córdoba by attending one of theseflamenco shows while you enjoy an authentic Cordoba dinner.

Medina Azahara near Córdoba

More visits in Córdoba

Now, we have stayed in the inkwell other various interesting places to meet and visit in Cordoba.

Among them, the Julio Romero de Torres museum, the Capuchin Square with the famousChrist of the Lanterns and the nearby Bailio slope, the Fernandinas churches, or the nearby archaeological remains of the palatial complex of Medina Azahara.

Of course, making these visits already requires extending your visit to the Andalusian city in one or two days, which is well worth it, which will already allow you to make the highly recommended Night visit of the Mosque of Cordoba.

Surely you will not regret it.