The Andalucían city of Cordoba is one of those underrated locations most travelers overlook in favor of larger, more popular cities. Situated in between Seville and Granada, Cordoba is best known for its Mezquita. The ancient mosque turned cathedral is one of the three great Moorish monuments in Spain alongside Seville’s Alcazar and Granada’s Alhambra. If you plan to visit Andalucía, make sure to take the time to explore Cordoba. In addition to the Mezquita, the city also has a well-preserved Juderia or Jewish quarter; and hosts one of the great Spanish ferias. And for you Game of Thrones fans, you’ll recognize parts of the city, which stood for the Valyrian city of Volantis.
Explore Cordoba, Spain
When to Go
May is likely the best month to visit Cordoba because of the Cruces de Mayo competition and the Feria de los Patios – both of which takes place during that month. Autumn is also a good time to visit. The temperatures are milder and the crowds to the Mezquita aren’t as dense. Though Cordoba is a lovely place to explore all-year round; if you’re not a fan of the heat, it’s best to skip July or August since temperatures can be as high as 48 Celsius (118 Fahrenheit) during the day.
What to See
Undoubtedly the jewel of the city, the Mezquita-Catedral of Cordoba is THE place to see while staying in the city. This amazing structure has stood for over 1,000 years and has grown tremendously since. Originating as a mosque, it was fully converted into a cathedral after the Reconquista. Its most striking features are the candy cane horseshoe arches supported by some 800+ columns made of marble and stone and the stunning Mihrab.
The Mezquita is open daily from 10:00-18:00 and cost 10 euros per adult. Children under 10 enter free while seniors and kids 10-14 pay 5 euros each. If you want to take a tour with an audio guide, it costs an extra 4 euros. It’s worth the money since there aren’t any signs or information plaques within.
The Jewish Quarter
When you explore Cordoba, you’ll hear a great deal about Juderia or the Jewish quarter. Tucked within the city’s historic center, it is a charming set of narrow, tangled streets that reveal small patios and feature stunning iron works. Don’t miss the Calleja de las Flores, an alley decorated by pots of flowers; and the synagogue, which is one of the only three that survived the Reconquista.
Explore Cordoba and you’ll understand why it’s an Andalucían gem. Its impressive Mezquita stuns from the moment of entry while its Jewish quarter, with its charming alleys and patios, will take you back into the city’s glorified days. Have you visited or taken a road trip to Cordoba? Share your travel tips – from where to stay and what to eat – below.