Day visit to Cordoba
Walk on Puente Romano, the Roman bridge over the river Rio Guadalquivir across from the 14th-century tower Torre de la Calahorra to the old town.
A walk around the old town with its Jewish quarter located to the west of the Mezquita is a must and it gives you a glimpse that Cordoba was once (10th century) one of the greatest cities in the Western world. Cordoba’s Mezquita the great Mosque dating back over 12 centuries. More than 800 columns support the roof.
The over 93-meter high bell tower, Torre del Alminar, is a well-recognized building in the high walls surrounding the Mezquita. The tower was built on the site of the original minaret.
A cathedral was built in the heart of the reconstructed mosque during the 16th century. Mezquita-Catedral de Cordoba’s website, loads of information, open times, buy tickets online and so on. Here is the link.
For a restful break, we recommend a visit to Alcazar de Los Reyes Christianos (built in the 14th century) with its calming water terraces and fountains in the palace gardens. There are much more to discover in this beautiful city, museums like Museo Taurino (museum of bullfighting). Plazas, like Plaza de la Corredera. Excellent restaurants, bars, shops, it’s all there for you. Walking around the old town is the best way to experience Cordoba’s past. A good use is the excellent Hop on Hop off bus
Medina Azahara a glorious Moorish palace built in the 10th century is located 8 km west of Cordoba. The Palace was named after Caliph Abd al Rahman’s wife Azahara. The magnificent palace was constructed on three levels, the caliph’s residence, great gardens with water features and a Mosque. A short-lived splendiour as the palace was “taken” in 1010 by Berber and for centuries ransacked.