Discovering Córdoba: what to do and see in the city

A patrician and a sultan


If you are not sure what to do or see in the Andalusian city of Córdoba, you've come to the right place! Cordoba is a city packed with hideaways and monuments worth a visit. Its narrow streets, squares, festivals and gastronomy make Córdoba one of Spain's most special and characteristic cities.

This city's history boasts an authentic blend of Roman, Arab and Jewish cultures.

What to see in Córdoba

In Córdoba, wherever you walk, wherever you wander, you will come across somewhere that is bursting with magic. Here are just a few places that are particularly worth a visit in Cordoba:

  • Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba. The city's most characteristic monument and one of its most magical places. You won't know whether to admire its 1300, its 360 arches made of white and red stone, the light that filters through its stained glass windows or the blend of different artistic styles. And that's without mentioning the Patio de los Naranjos! A place packed with indescribable charm.
  • Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos. Another must-see in Cordoba. The Catholic Monarchs spent several years at this fortress. Inside its walls are remains dating back to Visigoth, Roman and Arab times.
  • Medina-Azahara. Located 8 km from Córdoba city centre, considered a World Heritage Site. This archaeological site was once the residential and administrative heart of the caliphate. 
  • Torre de la Calahorra. Dating back to Arab times, it served to defend the city and is located at one end of the Roman Bridge. Cross the bridge at sunset and marvel at the views over the Guadalquivir River and the Mosque in the background.  

Things to do in Córdoba

Still not convinced of the wonders that Córdoba has in store for you? Well, in addition to seeing and visiting truly stunning spots, Cordoba also has a lot more to offer: 

It's just part of its characteristic charm. Plaza de la Corredera is where locals meet up to grab a drink or a bite to eat. The city's residents are known for just how friendly they are! Take in the city's atmosphere having a drink at one of its most well-known spots.

Dig in! Córdoba's most famous dishes include fried aubergines with sugar-cane honey, huge flamenquines, cold cuts... And of course, a delicious salmorejo! Gastronomy doesn't get any better than it does in Córdoba, you simply cannot miss this opportunity to sample it!

Visit the city's hidden patios. The city's patios are bursting with magic and boast unique floral decoration. Put your 5 senses to the test and enjoy one of the most traditional aspects of the city, its patios!

On top of all of this, the climate of Cordoba is usually sunny... what more could you possibly ask for? If you are looking for an easy, safe and comfortable way to travel to Córdoba, remember that Renfe runs both Ave and Larga Distancia (long distance high-speed) trains to the city. What are you waiting for?

How to get to Córdoba by train?

Córdoba has it all. What more could you ask for? Sit back, relax and explore this city with Renfe.

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