Cordoba in Andalucia was once one of the greatest cities of the medieval world, with stunningly beautiful palaces and mosques – the most magnificent of which, the Mezquita, is today one of the wonders of the world.
Jewel in the Andalucian crown
The Romans built the imposing El Puente Romana – the bridge across the Guadalquivir River. But Cordoba reached the zenith of its glory when it became the capital of the Moorish Kingdom of Al-Andalus and work began on the great Mezquita.
Over two centuries, workmen turned this mosque into the second largest in the Islamic kingdom.
After the re-conquest of the city by the Christians in 1236, the astonishing beauty of the mosque persuaded the city’s new rulers that it would be wrong to destroy the building.
Instead a soaring Renaissance cathedral was constructed at its heart, preserving the iconic 856 columns and double arches made of onyx, marble and granite which are now one of the most photographed structures in the world.
World Heritage Site
The Mosque-Cathedral, one of the world’s finest architectural accomplishments, is at the heart of the old town of Cordoba, and is now a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The narrow, twisting streets, bustling squares, botanical gardens, and ancient monuments offer a rich menu of sightseeing opportunities.
Everything in Cordoba is accessible on foot and it is a joy to wander through the narrow streets and sit at one of the many welcoming bars serving tapas, sipping on a chilled glass of wine from local producer Montilla-Moriles.
Dazzling flower displays
The charming and extravagant patios, an important part of the city’s rich Moorish legacy, fall under the spotlight every year at the beginning of May, during the annual, hotly contested Patio Festival when prizes are awarded for the most stunning displays.
In the days of the Romans, houses were built around a central courtyard and that tradition was continued by the Moors who introduced decorative tiles, water features and colourful plants as a way of keeping their homes cool.
These hidden treasures which delight the senses with aromatic smells and a riot of colour were tucked behind heavy doors until 1918, when the town hall organised a competition to find the most beautiful and created a festival that is now one of the most popular in Spain. The patios are free to enter year-round but donations are very welcome to help keep this colourful tradition alive.
How do I get there?
From the Club La Costa World, drivers should head towards Malaga and follow the signs for Cordoba and Granada. On arrival at Cordoba, drive over the bridge, and turn left at the traffic lights for car parks and on-street parking if you are lucky. Then just walk back across the road and through the medieval gateway set in the city wall to start your tour. The drive takes approximately two hours.
Alternatively, you can book a day trip excursion from one of our resort receptions or on-site outlets.