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Coach Excursion to Cordoba from Costa del SolCoach Excursion to Cordoba from Costa del Sol  Enjoy a full day excursion from the Costa del Sol to the historic Cordoba...more...
Cordoba Coach Excursion from Seville  Enjoy a full day excursion to Cordoba from Seville. Guided tour of the ALCAZAR, the MOSQUE, the Jewish Quarter, the old market and the old SYNAGOGUE...more...
Cordoba Monumental Walking TourCordoba Monu- mental Walking Tour  Walking tour visiting the Mosque-Cathedral, Synagogue, Fortress of the Catholic Monarchs and the Jewish Quarter...more...
Cordoba Mosque Alcazar and Old Quarter Walking Tour  Half-day guided walking tour to visit Cordoba’s Mosque (La Mezquita) and Jewish quarter, walk the Calle de los Judios (Street of the Jews) to the ancient synagogue and then the Alcazar…more...
Cordoba Mosque and Old Quarter Walking Tour  Half-day guided walking tour to visit Cordoba’s Mosque (La Mezquita) and Jewish quarter, walk the Calle de los Judios (Street of the Jews) to the ancient synagogue…more...
Cordoba Mosque and Old Quarter Walking Tour with transportation from Seville  On this tour a private chauffeur will take you to Cordoba where you will meet a guide for a Half-day walking tour to visit Cordoba's Mosque (La Mezquita) and Jewish quarter, walk the Calle de los Judios (Street of the Jews) to the ancient synagogue…more...
High Speed AVE Train Excursion to Cordoba and Seville from Madrid  On this 2 day excursion from Madrid you will take a high-speed train to Cordoba and Seville where you will enjoy walking tours of the cities monumental highlights. more...
High Speed AVE Train Excursion to Cordoba from Madrid  On this full day excursion from Madrid you will take a high-speed train to Cordoba where you will enjoy a walking tour of the city's monumental highlights...more...
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A day trip to Cordoba, Spain   by Warren Ward

Like the Seville region, the province of Cordoba is landlocked, though that should not be a reason for the more adventurous traveller to not visit either for they both are fascinating.... read more
Visit The Historic City of Córdoba in Andalucia  by Ruth Polak

Córdoba is a magnificent city in Andalucia with many beautiful sites to see, not least of course the famous Mezquita.
The Mesquita at Night, Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain
The Mesquita at Night, Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain Photographic Print - McKinlay, Doug
Interior of the Great Mosque, Unesco World Heritage Site, Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain
Interior of the Great Mosque, Unesco World Heritage Site, Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Busselle, Michael
Arches Inside Mezquita, Cordoba, Spain
Arches Inside Mezquita, Cordoba, Spain Photographic Print - Strewe, Oliver
Roman Bridge Across the Rio Guadalquivir, Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain
Roman Bridge Across the Rio Guadalquivir, Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Busselle, Michael
Originally founded by the Romans Cordoba’s strategic position at the highest navigable point on the Rio Guadalquivar meant it soon became an important port and from here there was much activity shipping Spanish olive oil, wine and wheat back to Ancient Rome. The Romans also built the famous "El Puente Romano" which is the impressive bridge that crosses the river.

The Arabs dominated Cordoba from 711-1263 a.d. and during this period built the wonderful Mezquita (mosque). They started it in 784 and by the 10th century it was the largest mosque in the world. Cordoba reverted to Christian rule in 1236 but its new rulers were so impressed with the beauty of the mosque that they decided to build their own Cathedral within its impressive rows of arches and columns and today it forms an extraordinary mosque-cathedral of outstanding and awe inspiring beauty.

Alminar Tower, la Mezquita, Cordoba, Spain
Alminar Tower, la Mezquita, Cordoba, Spain
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The Gardens of the Alcazar of Catholic Kings in Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain
The Gardens of the Alcazar of Catholic King
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Alcazar De Los Reyes Christianos, Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain
Alcazar De Los Reyes Christianos, Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain Photographic Print  - Cousins, Rob
Bougainvillea Flower on Balcony, Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain
Bougainvillea Flower on Balcony, Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain Photographic Print - Banagan, John
As well as Moslem and Christian influences Cordoba also had a strong Jewish presence the influence of which can bee seen in "La Judera" which makes up the old part of Cordoba. This is a wonderful labyrinth of winding, narrow streets, shady flower-filled courtyards and patios and picturesque squares such as La Plaza del Potro. During early May the local residents compete in the city’s most beautiful courtyard competition by festooning their patios and any available space with a mass of flowers. They open their private courtyards to the public and they are an absolute delight to wander around.

Other sites of interest in Cordoba are the Alcazar de los Reyes whose beautiful gardens are the main reason for visiting the palace. At the south end of el Puente Romano is the Museo Vivo de Al-Andalus. This is a good point at which to start your tour of Cordoba as it gives you a good introduction to the history of the city and is one of the few places where you will find this in the language of your choice. From the top of the tower in which the museum is housed you get excellent views of the city and also two old Arab water mills one of which has a marvelously restored waterwheel. 

Episcopal Palace and Mosque, Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain
Episcopal Palace and Mosque, Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain Photographic Print - Winter, Timothy
Palm Trees Framing Tower of Iglesia de San Miguel, Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain
Palm Trees Framing Tower of Iglesia de San Miguel, Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain - Lladó, Martin
Children in Masks and Holding Sticks for Semena Santa Celebrations, Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain
Children in Masks and Holding Sticks for Semena Santa Celebrations, Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain Photographic Print - McKinlay, Doug
Interior of the Great Mosque (Mezquita) and Cathedral, Unesco World Heritage Site, Cordoba, Spain
Interior of the Great Mosque (Mezquita) and Cathedral, Unesco World Heritage Site, Cordoba, Spain Photographic Print - Emmerson, James
There is also an interesting archeological museum in the city. This is housed in a renovated Renaissance palace admission is free to EU citizens.

Apart from the sites of historic interest Cordoba is also famous for it's ceramic and hand tooled leather products with a wonderful variety of goods on offer in the shops.

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About the Author: Ruth Polak is the owner of www.costadelsol-vacationrentals.com, a web site specializing in holiday villas and apartments on the Costa del Sol and in Rural Andalucia. You will also find lots of information about Spain and Andalucia, in particular.