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Historical Cordoba in 2 Days

Destination(s): Cordoba

Cordoba’s rich and interesting history comes from its role as a prominent fortress during Roman, Muslim, and Christian rule. Once the intellectual capital of Europe, Cordoba is now a prominent Andalusian city and commercial metropolis with a wealth of monuments that make it a popular destination for Spanish and international tourists.

The Eurostars Maimonides hotel is conveniently located in the Jewish quarter, just a few steps away from the Mezquita. In this historical district, you’ll find a number of other destinations on your journey, including the synagogue and the Alcazar.

Whether you’re traveling with friends, kids, or on a romantic weekend, this guide covers the basics for a 2-day trip to Cordoba. Just don’t go on a Monday-many of the attractions and some of the restaurants will be closed. Feature image: flydime/Flickr read more about Historical Cordoba in 2 Days

Eurostars Maimonides

Eurostars Maimonides

Eurostars Maimonides provides comfortable, three-star accommodation in the heart of Cordoba's Jewish Quarter. Most of its clean, luminous rooms enjoy views of the Mezquita, which is just under 100m away. The hotel is named after Maimonides, a medieval Jewish philosopher who was born in Cordoba. Its location is ideal for tourists planning to visit Cordoba's main attractions, such as the Jewish Quarter (World Heritage Site), synagogue, Arab baths, Roman bridge, and the Torre de Calahorra. The hotel's Patio Andaluz has an abundance of flowers and a relaxing fountain, which makes it a nice place to start or end the day with breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The restaurant's menu includes traditional Cordovan and Andalusian as well as international recipes, but if you want to get to know more of the city, there are a number of good restaurants down the street near the Palacio de Congresos, such as the well-known El Churrasco. Notable amenities include free Wi-Fi in all common areas and indoor parking. read more about Eurostars Maimonides

Café Gaudí

Café Gaudí

  • Avenida del Gran Capitán, 22
  • tel:+34 957 471 736, +34 957 485 842
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  • Cordoba, 14001
Bar Moriles

Bar Moriles

  • Calle Antonio Maura 21 y 23
  • tel:+34 957 23 26 28
  • Visit website
  • Cordoba, 14004

Moriles is bustling with regulars at all hours of the day. This popular bar and restaurant serves superior quality traditional tapas in a relaxed environment. Everything is homemade and extremely flavorful, like the carne con tomate (stewed meat in a savory tomato-based sauce) and rabo de toro (stewed oxtail with french fries). Córdoba is known for its salmorejo, which is made of puréed tomatoes, breadcrumbs, garlic, vinegar, and olive oil, and you have to try it at Moriles. The first floor has simple chairs and tables, a diner-style black and white floor, and busy bartenders behind a long bar. You'll be surprised to find an incredibly peaceful, elegant dining room downstairs, which is decorated with pale yellow walls and warm, modern, wooden accents. If it's nice out, relax on the outdoor patio, which is just across the street from the gardens Jardines de Juan Carlos I. read more about Bar Moriles

Sinagoga

Sinagoga

Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

  • Calle Caballerizas Reales s/n
  • Caballerizas Reales
  • tel:95-742-01-51
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  • Cordoba, 14004
Taberna Casa Pepe de la Judería

Taberna Casa Pepe de la Judería

  • Calle Romero 1
  • tel:95-720-07-44
  • Cordoba
Taller Meryan

Taller Meryan

  • Calleja de las Flores 2
  • tel:95-747-59-02
  • Cordoba
La Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba (The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba)

La Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba (The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba)

  • Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1
  • Calles Torrijos and Cardenal Herrero s/n (south of the train station, just north of the Roman bridge)
  • tel:+34 958-225-226, +34 677-417-790
  • Visit website
  • Cordoba, 14003

The Mudéjar, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture of the Mezquita speaks of the rich history of Christian and Muslim rule in Andalucía. Its construction began in the year 600 as a Visigoth church. It was later divided between the Muslims and the Christians after the Islamic conquest, and eventually, the Muslims bought it from the Christians and spent two hundred years building it as a mosque. The Mezquita was completed in the year 987 and later reconquered by the Christians, who built a gothic cathedral in its center. Córdoba was one of the most important cities for Muslims during the reign of al-Andalus, and the Mezquita was a symbol of power for Cordoba's strong government and economy. Stroll through beautiful rows of arches and relax in the Patio de Naranjos, a beautiful outdoor courtyard decorated with orange trees. This World Heritage Site is now the home of the Roman-Catholic diocese of Córdoba. Adult: 8€; ages 10-14: 4€; 10 and under: Free.
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El Churrasco

El Churrasco

  • Calle Romero 16
  • tel:+34 957 290819
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  • Cordoba, 14003

El Churrasco is an antique meson (inn) that has been converted into a wonderfully traditional restaurant adorned with cordobés paintings and decor throughout its interior arches indoor patios, and numerous dining rooms. Professional service and excellent food has been perfected over more than thirty-five years of service. Animated, informative waiters enthusiastically guide guests in choosing from a long menu and extensive wine list. Known for its high-quality chops and tenderloins cooked over an open fire, El Churrasco's signature meal is the churrasco cordobés (grilled pork tenderloin with Arab sauces). Fresh, in season ingredients add to the flavor of the gazpacho blanco de piñones (white gazpacho with pine nuts) and berenjenas crujientes con salmorejo cordobés (crunchy eggplant with a tasty tomato-based cream). The well-rounded menu also features a good selection of seafood, vegetarian mains, and desserts. Many consider this one of the best restaurants in Cordoba, and it's just a short walk from the Mezquita.
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El Caballo Rojo

El Caballo Rojo

  • Cardinal Herrero 28
  • Plaza de la Hoguera
  • tel:95-747-53-75
  • Cordoba
Tablao Cardenal

Tablao Cardenal

  • C/Torrijos 10
  • tel:+34 95-748-31-12
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  • Cordoba, 14003

Córdoba's most prestigious flamenco club, Tablao Cardenal, hosts performances by internationally recognized flamenco artists including winners of the National Prize of the Art of Flamenco. Shows include many of the most traditional styles of Andalusian flamenco, including fandangos, soleás, bulerías, and alegrías. Even those who aren't flamenco fanatics will appreciate the superior talent and colorful, captivating performances of these outstanding singers, dancers, and guitar players. Entertainment is full of passion, and the service is friendly. Tablao Cardenal is located in the heart of the Jewish Quarter in a building with Mudéjar architecture built from 1512-1516, and it shouldn't be difficult to find, as it is next to the tourist office and just across from the Mezquita. This is an excellent choice for anyone in search of Spanish tradition and outstanding entertainment. Shows Tues-Sat 10:30pm. Price: 18€ (includes first drink). Feature image: StrudelMonkey/Flickr
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