Córdoba at a glance
Once the capital of Muslim Spain, today Córdoba is a typical bustling Andalusian city that keeps pace with the modern world while ensuring its history remains very much alive. An atmosphere that speaks of past glory days and current trends, Córdoba’s fascinating sites and intriguing small streets, lined with whitewashed houses, shops and restaurants, invite visitors to explore all that makes this provincial capital so enticing.
Córdoba is watermarked by an illustrious history that at one time placed it as one of the most populated cities in the world. A cultural centre revered across Europe, Córdoba was famous for having the largest library in existence, some 3,000 mosques, 300 public baths and a host of magnificent palaces, some of which still remain as testimony to the city’s glorious reign.
Today, Córdoba’s large urban area is the largest of its kind listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it lays claim to the second largest Old Town in Europe. Stunning, historical architecture draws visitors each year to many of the city’s sites, including the Great Mosque of Córdoba, considered to be one of the world’s best examples of Moorish architecture and the 1st century BC Roman bridge which spans the Guadalquiver River.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- Historic attractions
- Stunning architecture
- Art and culture
A public bus service is available in the urban areas of Córdoba. There is also a high speed train that connects the city to Seville (45 min journey) and Madrid (2 hour journey).
Dining in Córdoba
Eating out in Córdoba is undeniably a cultural experience rooted in tradition where the heady scent of Arabian spices combine with olive oil, fresh seafood and local produce to create time honoured dishes.
Must-try local dishes:
- Salmorejo cordobés – a cold, thick tomato soup that is made with tomatoes, bread, oil, garlic, and vinegar, often served with a Spanish Serrano ham and hard-boiled egg garnish
- Flamenquines – fried slices of ham stuffed with cheese
- Pastel cordobés – a puff pastry cake filled with a pumpkin jam and topped with roasted almonds, castor sugar and cinnamon
Get your tailor-made city break itinerary
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- All travel and transfers on days of your choice
- Accommodation from our handpicked range of Córdoba hotels, to suit your budget and requirements
Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.
- Important information
Population 328,488 Languages Castillian Currency Euro Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
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- Interesting facts
Visit the Mezquita, known as The Great Mosque of Córdoba, one of the world's greatest examples of Moorish architecture now a Catholic cathedral.
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- Distance from airports
Córdoba 6 km Seville 132 km Malaga 170 km
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