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Things To Do In Cordoba
Cordoba is nearly 1000 years old and was once the world’s largest city and the capital of the Caliphate of Cordoba. The city draws influences from the Moorish, Roman and Christian rulers who have inhabited the city over the course of their 1000-year-old history. The world-famous Mosque-Cathedral is a glowing example of the same. The sheer number of ancient wonders on offer here make it a dream for historians, architect lovers and visitors just curious to know about the evolution of the city and of Spain as a country. Additionally, the rich Tapas scene here is a bonus between all the sightseeing visitors will be doing. There is something interesting to do here for every kind of visitor.
The focal point of the city, a trip to this incredibly historic and unique structure is definitely the best thing to do. When Moorish Empire had captured the city, construction on this structure started as early as 711. Centuries later in 1236, the Christian rulers who reclaimed the land turned it into a church. Today, the structure remains a spectacular hybrid of cultures and design styles and is a dream to explore for all visitors.
Once the main city of Andalusia, exploring this ancient city outside of Cordoba is another must-do activity. The city is another shining example of Moorish architecture and was created as early as the 9th century. After the city was looted in the 10th century it became forgotten, only being rediscovered directly in the 20th century. It is an archaeological wonder of the world and a highly recommended place to visit.
Check Out the Old-School Tapas Bars
Being the hottest city in Europe, tourists are more than likely to work up an appetite through all that sightseeing. Luckily, Cordoba is famous for its traditional Tapas culture. The city is scattered with some of the finest places to enjoy a selection of local and international wines and small plates of delicious, locally sourced meats and vegetables. This is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening in the city. Taberna La Sacristia is one of the best Tapas bars in the city.
Cordoba’s defining trait as a city lies in the unique combination of cultures that have shaped it. This includes the Moorish, Roman and Christian rulers who inhabited this city over the course of history. The remains of this Roman Temple are highly recommended to be explored owing to sheer age of the structure. It was formed in 1st century AD and later renovated in the following century. Made from high-quality marble, this place is a dream for historians and people curious about the city’s history.
Also known as Puente Romano, this structure was formed back in 1st century AD, later being worked on in the 10th century by the Moorish Dynasty. The structure has 12 arches where the River Guadalquivir flows out into the Atlantic Ocean. There is statue of Saint Raphael located here. This point offers visitors stunning views of the surrounding city and is a great place to catch the sunset.
Patios and Courtyards
Another popular activity in Cordoba is to enjoy the historic patios and courtyards that are built around the city. Initially they were formed to a cool space and haven, owing to Cordoba’s incredibly hot weather. Now these atriums are famous tourist spots where visitors can grab some food, a cup of coffee and just unwind. This is a nice way to spend the day for young couples and families alike.
Palacio de Viana
A historical landmark created in the 15th century, this palace is a fantastic place for visitors looking to take in the stunning architecture of the city. The palace grounds have 13 patios that are all expertly curated with fountains, statuettes and gardens. This is one of Cordoba’s most exquisite public spaces. There are orange and jasmine trees scattered all over that the palace is famous for.
Calleja de las Flores
One of the best things to do in the city is to explore this charming little street. Located across from the Mosque-Cathedral this lane is filled with charming, almost fairytale-like houses that are not to be missed. The building facades are gorgeously curated with flowers and shrubs, making it a great spot for photography.