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Did you know that Cordoba, Spain, is the city with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world? Now that you know, do we even have to convince you to visit this ancient city in the south of Spain? If you’re still sceptical, we invite you to have a quick look below to see what exactly Cordoba has to offer.

What is Cordoba known for?

If Cordoba doesn’t mean much to you, we don’t really blame you. It is often bypassed by travellers since other Andalusian cities, such as Seville or Granada, tend to take all the glory. Still, if you have some time while on your holiday in southern Spain, or you can’t decide where to go for a city break, we encourage you to consider Cordoba. Although relatively small, there are quite a few things to explore in this underrated city. Not to mention that it is easily accessible (within 2 hours) from cities like Seville, Granada and Malaga.

During the Moorish Caliphate, Cordoba was the capital of Al-Andalus and a city of great importance. You can feel its cultural and historic heritage while walking along the ancient streets and admiring the city’s architecture. Best known for a remarkable mosque-cathedral from the 900s, it is also famous for wine (Montilla-Moriles) and Feria de los Patios (Patio or Courtyard Festival). During a visit to Cordoba, you can see the remains of the Roman Temple to feel just how old this city is. If you have more time, we recommend venturing a few kilometres outside of Cordoba to visit Medina Azahara – ruins of a palace built in the 10th century by the first caliph of Al-Andalus, Abd-al Rahman II. Once you build up an appetite for some food, you can stop for a taste of salmorejo (a cold soup that originated in Cordoba) and a glass of local wine.

Is one day in Cordoba enough?

Although one day may not be enough to get to see everything Cordoba has to offer, it is quite enough to see its biggest attractions. One day in Cordoba will be enough to take a stroll over the Roman bridge, visit the Great Mosque of Cordoba, stop for some tasty Spanish food and even join a walking tour. Of course, the earlier you can start your trip, the more of the city you’ll be able to experience.

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What to see in Cordoba?

If you’ve decided on a visit to Cordoba, but don’t know where to start your sightseeing, here are a few places that you definitely have to see, even if you’re in the city just for a day.

The mosque-cathedral of Cordoba

According to many, la Mezquita-Catedral, which is Cordoba’s most recognizable sight and its first World Heritage Site, is enough of a reason to visit this Spanish city. Once you see it with your own eyes, you’ll surely be impressed by its size – this religious structure covers 24,000 square metres! The interesting fact about this building is that it’s actually a cathedral inside of a mosque. Confused? Let’s give you a quick explanation.

Reportedly, the Moors (who at the time ruled in Al-Andalus) started building this enormous mosque in the year 785 in place of a basilica that used to stand there before. Once it fell back into the hands of Christians in the 13th century, they decided to create a cathedral inside instead of destroying the amazing monument. This is why you can see a mix of Islamic and Christian architecture when visiting Córdoba’s Great Mosque (and why it’s often referred to as ‘mosque-cathedral’). The site’s most renowned features are the red-and-white arches and hundreds of columns. You may want to count them, but apparently, there are 856 of them. If you like to take panoramic photos, then you can also climb up to the bell tower of La Mezquita and admire Cordoba from above.

Old Town and the Jewish Quarter

Getting lost in the old Jewish Quarter, known as La Judería, is an absolute must while you’re in Cordoba. This picturesque neighbourhood is another UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s characterized by narrow streets, white houses and balconies full of flowers. The Jewish Quarter is also home to the only surviving synagogue in the Andalusia region.

Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos

Located close to the Grand Mosque of Cordoba, Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos (Palace of the Christian Kings) is another of the city’s must-see monuments. As you can probably guess, it used to be a residence of the Catholic Monarchs (Fernando and Isabella being the most famous of residents). However, it started as a fortress and caliphate residence in the 8th century. This historic site is home to amazing gardens, patios and Arab baths. It also functioned as a tribunal for the Spanish Inquisition.

Roman Bridge

Looking for the best photo spot in town? You’ll find it difficult to find a better place than the Roman bridge. Originally built in the 1st century BC and crossing the Guadalquivir river, Puente Romano offers some of the most amazing views of the city (and the mosque-cathedral). If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, you may also recognize it from the show.

Tours in Cordoba

To properly explore the city, we recommend looking for organized tours in Cordoba. They will allow you to have the best sightseeing experience while learning about the city and its history. In addition, when opting for a guided tour, you can see more places in a shorter time. These tours are especially convenient if you don’t have a lot of time in the city. Apart from dedicated guides, many of them come with transport (even from other cities like Seville) and entrance tickets to visit some of the biggest attractions. And if you pick a walking tour, you can still do a lot of sightseeing, just in a more organized way.

Full-day walking tour to Cordoba from Malaga

For those of you who happen to be in Malaga, we have a great option to visit more of Spain. You can book our full-day tour to Cordoba from Malaga. This is a day trip, so you can easily see Cordoba’s highlights. We take care of the transport, the tickets and provide you with an experienced guide. Going on a tour with us is a good idea if you want to save a lot of time and hear about the city from a professional guide.

Need a ride from the airport or Cordoba Railway Station?

At MrShuttle, we offer convenient private airport transfers and interesting tours in many cities around Europe. If you’re bound to travel to Cordoba, you can opt for one of our private transfers for a smooth ride to your hotel. For a fixed price, you can have a safe and efficient trip to your destination with door-to-door service included. Plus, since the temperatures in Cordoba can get very high in the summer, you will likely be thankful to make the trip in a comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle. Depending on the way you travel, you can book a transfer from and to the airport or the train station. Here are the options:

Spanish tours with MrShuttle’s

Not interested in Cordoba tours? We are present also in other Andalusian cities, for example, Seville, Granada and Malaga, so make sure to have a look at the exciting tours we have on offer in each of them. If in the end, you decided to go to another region in Spain altogether, you can check in which Spanish cities you can book our tours and transfers. Get to know Spain with us!

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