Panoramic view of Cordoba city festival door in Arabic style

Things to do in  Cordoba

Three cultures, one city

Home to the magnificent Mezquita (Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba), one of the greatest examples of Islamic architecture in the world, Cordoba has a history that sets it apart from other Spanish cities. Once the hub of Islamic Spain and now a cultural crossroads, this Andalucian town harbors mosques, synagogues, churches, and Roman ruins dating back a millennium. Spend the day marveling at Cordoba’s one-of-a-kind cityscape and delving into the Old Town's maze of medieval lanes and hidden courtyards, and end your visit with a flamenco performance, one of the top things to do in Cordoba.

Top 12 attractions in Cordoba

Mezquita (Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba)

Originally the site of the Christian Visigoth Church San Vicente dating back to AD 600, the Mezquita (Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba) stands as the city's most proud monument and one of the most exquisite Islamic structures in the Western world. Learn about its rich history while taking in the 850 columns of jasper, onyx, marble, and granite.More

Córdoba Synagogue (Sinagoga de Córdoba)

Located in the heart of Córdoba’s Jewish Quarter, and just blocks away from the Mezquita, the Córdoba Synagogue (Sinagoga de Córdoba) is the Juderia's (Jewish Quarter’s) main attraction and is a one-of-a-kind site in the Andalusia region. Built in the 14th century, the small synagogue houses a courtyard, prayer room, and women's gallery.More

Cordoba Jewish Quarter (Judería de Córdoba)

Córdoba, which was once considered the most populous city in the world, was once home to a thriving Jewish community, and now its ancient neighborhood of white buildings is considered one of the most famousjuderías (Jewish quarters) in Spain. Wander the area’s narrow lanes and visit its famous synagogue and souks.More

Roman Bridge (Puente Romano)

Several bridges traverse the Guadalquivir River as it weaves through Cordoba, but one really stands out: the Roman Bridge (Puente Romano). Anchored by Calahorra Tower to the south and Puerta del Puente to the north, this bridge was originally built in the 1st century BC. Highlights of the structure include the statue of San Rafael at its mid-point.More

Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs (Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos)

Guarding the southwestern corner of Cordoba’s Historic Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs (Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos) is among the city’s most memorable monuments. The Moorish-style fortress has a history dating back to Roman and Visigoth times, before it was transformed into a Christian palace by Alfonso XI in the 13th century.More

Medina Azahara

The Caliphate City of Medina Azahara, a new UNESCO World Heritage Site, dates back to the mid-10th century, when it served as the seat of power for the Umayyad dynasty in Córdoba. When the caliphate ended after a civil war in 1010, the city was laid to waste and forgotten until its rediscovery in the early 20th century.More

Tablao El Cardenal

Situated in a former archbishop’s palace, Tablao El Cardenal is one of Cordoba’s most coveted spots to watch Spain’s beloved art form: flamenco. Southern Spain is steeped in flamenco history, as it is believed this is where the tradition originated, andtablaos (flamenco venues) are the ideal place to experience the soulful tradition.More

Viana Palace (Palacio de Viana)

Cordoba has become synonymous with courtyards, and Viana Palace offers a stunning look at these famous southern patios. Also called the Museum of Patios, the Renaissance palace is home to 12 courtyards as well as centuries of history. It was originally built in the 14th century and was lived in, enlarged, and modified until the 1900s.More

Plaza de Las Tendillas

Cordoba’s Plaza de Tendillas sits in the very heart of Cordoba and at the crossroads between the older part of town and the relatively newer modern one. Its construction dates back to the 1920s, when it was built to be used as a central meeting place in the big southern city.Nowadays, the almost entirely pedestrian-only square is home to various events, including protests, markets and celebrations. Arguably its biggest celebration is New Year’s Eve, which is marked by the Spanish tradition of eating 12 grapes in sync with the midnight strikes of the clock — which, here in Cordoba, are always marked by the musical strums of a flamenco guitarist rather than the sound of bells. Come to the plaza to check out the famous El Gran Capitan statue (erected in honor of the famous military commander Gonzalo de Cordoba), to people watch while having a drink al fresco, and, during summertime, to cool off in the geyser-like fountains especially loved by the kids.More

Caliphal Baths (Baños del Alcázar Califal)

Back in the 10th century, Cordoba was home to as many as one million residents and up to 600 Moorish bathhouses, the latter a true symbol of the southern Spanish city’s importance in those times. Once serving as the bathhouse of the caliphs, Cordoba’s Caliphal Baths (Baños del Alcázar Califal) are among the very few that still remain today. In fact, they spent centuries hidden until in 1961 they were rediscovered and restored.The hammam, as this type of Arab bathhouse is often called, consists of various rooms, most notably, in the Caliphal Baths’ case, the cool room. Back in its day, it had the most elaborate features, and is where the caliphs would spend most of their time bathhouse time. The cool and hot rooms displayed typical hammam characteristics such as the star-windowed ceilings and horseshoe-shaped arches, both elements that you can still see today. During your visit you can explore these serene spaces, as well as learn more during an informative introductory video.More

Julio Romero de Torres Museum (Museo Julio Romero de Torres)

Dedicated to the local painter Julio Romero de Torres, his namesake museum is one of Córdoba’s highlight cultural destinations. Home to the largest collection of his work, the museum is located in a historic hospital building where the artist once resided. Today, the building is also home to the Museum of Fine Arts of Córdoba.More
Art of Flamenco & Flavors of Córdoba (Tablao Flamenco Arte y Sabores de Córdoba)

Art of Flamenco & Flavors of Córdoba (Tablao Flamenco Arte y Sabores de Córdoba)

Situated in the converted 10th-century Arabian Baths of Santa María, Tablao Flamenco Arte y Sabores de Córdoba is one of the city’s most important artistic venues. At this intimate locale, you can dine on traditional Spanish dishes while enjoying a nightly performance of flamenco, Spain’s national dance.More

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All about Cordoba

When to visit

Cordoba’s southern Mediterranean climate means the city is sweltering in the summer—temperatures are often the hottest in Spain. Avoid the months of June, July, and August to bypass the soaring mercury. Instead, visit in spring and fall when the city hosts its most popular festivals. Semana Santa (Holy Week) over Easter is a particularly animated time to visit, as is May when the Fiesta de los Patios Cordobeses brightens up Cordoba with flower-festooned courtyards.

Getting around

The relatively compact size of Cordoba’s Old Town makes it easy to get around on foot, though the city also has a robust urban bus system that covers most of the old town and outskirts. Alternatively, the hop-on-hop-off route is an easy way to get between the main sights and comes with pre-recorded commentary to help you get your bearings. Both city buses and taxis make the trip between the train station and the old town for arrival and departure.

Traveler tips

For centuries, Cordoba was a beacon of religious tolerance, and Jews, Muslims, and Christians lived in relative harmony for the 500 years between 700 and 1200 known as the Convivencia. Though this eventually came to an end, its legacy lives on in the city’s architecture and cuisine. Beloved local dishes such as salmorejo (a type of thick gazpacho), berenjenas con miel (fried eggplant with honey), and pinchos morunos (spicy pork skewers) are all said to have roots in Moorish Spain.


People Also Ask

Why is Cordoba famous?

By far the most famous attraction in Cordoba is the Mezquita (Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba), a triumph of Islamic architecture and vestige of coexistence between Jews, Muslims, and Christians. This sun-soaked city is also famous for its historic Jewish Quarter, Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs (Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos) fortress, and ancient Roman bridge.

Is Cordoba worth going to?

Yes, Cordoba has some of Spain’s most spectacular architecture and a UNESCO-listed Old Town. Once you delve into the winding lanes and hidden plazas, the history of the town becomes palpable. Cordoba has a famed Michelin-starred restaurant Noor and plenty of classic tabernas, and a lively Flamenco tradition.

What food is Cordoba famous for?

With its multicultural roots, Cordoba has an eclectic cuisine that combines influences from across the Mediterranean. Try local specialties such as flamenquín (jamón serrano ham wrapped in pork loin cutlets and deep fried), berenjenas con miel (fried eggplant with honey), salmorejo (cold tomato soup), and rabo de toro (stewed oxtail).

Is Cordoba or Granada better?

That depends on what interests you most. Cordoba and Granada are two of Andalusia’s top cities, and both are worth a visit. Cordoba has a romantic Old Town with a clutch of important sights and a laid-back pace. Granada has an urban verve, with more attractions and shopping, plus a vibrant nightlife.

How many days in Cordoba is enough?

Cordoba’s historic center is quite compact and easy to visit in a single day if you time your sightseeing right. Head straight to the Mezquita in the early morning to beat the crowds (and the heat), then spend the rest of the day exploring the Old Town with its Jewish Quarter, Roman bridge, and picturesque lanes.

Is Cordoba a walkable city?

Because of its compact size, you can cover the Old Town of Cordoba on foot. Keep in mind, however, that the city has one of the hottest climates in Spain and the temperatures can be oppressive during the summer. Plan to tour on foot in the milder morning and evening hours and spend midday in the cool indoors.

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