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10 must-visit attractions of Córdoba

Andalusia is the best place for an unforgettable journey. Here you can find a perfect balance between relaxing and sightseeing, history and nature, art and traditions. Everything you could desire for the most exceptional adventure of your life!

Whether you plan a weekend trip or holidays in Andalusia, this region can offer a wide choice of destinations. There are many spectacular cities, like Seville or Granada. But if you are looking for some peculiar experience, Córdoba definitely should appear in your itinerary!

Are you ready to explore the city of caliphs and kings? From Córdoba Tips Tour we have prepared for you this list of 10 must-visit attractions of Córdoba. Enjoy your trip!

What are the 10 must-visit attractions of Córdoba?

1. Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba

The most famous treasure of the city, the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, rightfully heads this list. If you have only a couple of hours, visiting this monument is something that you definitely must do in Córdoba.

The Mosque-Cathedral has a curios history being a Muslim o Christian temple depending on who controlled the city. As a result, the building represents a unique example of how two different cultures coexisted and created an incredible masterpiece. You will be impressed by its stunning arched hall and ancient organ. And to know more about its history, book your Mosque-Cathedral tour!

2. Roman bridge of Córdoba

Córdoba is a very ancient city founded by the Romans. Today we can find the rests of this incredible chapter of Córdoba's history all over the province. Nevertheless, the most spectacular one is situated next to the Mosque-Cathedral - the iconic Roman Bridge.

The bridge was built over the Guadalquivir river by the Romans in the 1st century BC. During the Moorish occupation, the bridge was rebuilt and got its emblematic arched structure. The Christian kings added a statue of Saint Raphael that perfectly completed the construction.

10 must-visit attractions of Córdoba - Roman Bridge
Photo by Saad Chaudhry on Unsplash

Today the Roman Bridge is a well-known tourist attraction and a popular place loved by locals, especially in the evening.

3. Roman Temple of Córdoba

If you are excited to learn more about the Roman past of this colourful city, the Roman Temple should be your next stop. In the city landscape of Córdoba, the ancient columns of the temple look like a portal to the world of mythological gods and gladiators.

The interesting fact is that this construction originated in the 1st century AD, was discovered only in 1950 during the expansion of City Hall.

10 must-visit attractions of Córdoba - Roman Temple
Alessandro Bonvini, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

4. Jewish Quarter

To find out the hidden beauty of Córdoba, get lost in the narrow streets of its historic centre. The Old Town is a charming part of the city that consists of a few neighbourhoods, and Jewish Quater is one of them.

The best way to explore this zone is by entering la Puerta de Almodovar, an ancient city gate. Here you would find true hidden treasures: private patios, an old market and the prettiest houses full of flowers. Want to learn more about the history and legends of this neighbourhood? Join our Jewish Quater Free Tour and enjoy your visit!

10 must-visit attractions of Córdoba - Jewish Quater
Photo by Jean-Baptiste D. on Unsplash

5. Córdoba Synagogue

Situated in the heart of the Jewish Quater, the Synagogue is the main attraction of this neighbourhood. The temple was built in the 14th century and is one of the best examples of the Mudejar architecture style in Córdoba.

Like many religious places in Andalusia, the Synagogue changed its functions after the Christian Reconquista epoch. Thus, after the Jewish expulsion from the south of Spain in 1492, the Synagogue was used as a hospital. Later, in the 16th century, it became a headquarter of a shoemaker's guild.

10 must-visit attractions of Córdoba - Synagogue
Roberto Chamoso G, CC BY-SA 3.0 ES, via Wikimedia Commons

Nowadays, the Synagogue is open to the public, and it's for sure one of 10 must-visit attractions of Córdoba.

6. Córdoba Courtyards

Have you heard about the beautiful courtyards of Córdoba? The hidden corners of the city, full of light, colours and scents.

The tradition to decorate courtyards (patios) and balconies with flowers and plants is a poor reflection of the Cordovan way of life. The best epoch to enjoy this unique experience is springtime. In the first fortnight of May each year, Córdoba holds the Courtyards Festival, during which you can visit more than 40 local courtyards.

7. Viana Palace

If you are looking to enjoy the Córdoba Courtyards all year round, we highly recommend visiting the Viana Palace. This colourful, quiet and romantic place is open to the public, putting at your disposal, not one but 12 variants of patios.

This jewel of Córdoba, with five centuries of history, is a perfect example of local traditions and architecture. Here there are corners for all tastes, from the medieval courtyard to the Renaissance patios. Worth your visit!

10 must-visit attractions of Córdoba - Viana Palace
Jocelyn Erskine-Kellie from London, UK, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

8. Plaza de la Corredera

The Plaza de la Corredera is a grand 17th-century square, which represents an Andalusian Baroque style. The history of this monument is very colourful. For many centuries, the Plaza de la Corredera was used for public spectacles, including bullfights and Inquisition burnings.

Nevertheless, its origins come from the Romans time. This square was one of the centres of commercial life and was a place of the Roman Circus.

10 must-visit attractions of Córdoba - Plaza de Corredera
DavidDaguerro de Madrid, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Today, the Plaza de la Corredera is one of the best places to have a break and enjoy some local food. Moreover, in January, the square hosts a great Medieval Market.

9. Route of Early Islamic Medicine

Few know that by the 10th century, Córdoba was the biggest and most cultured city in Europe. It also was a centre of study and exploration, where lots of scientific achievements were made.

The period of cultural tolerance allowed the Jewish and Islamic researchers to contribute notably to the scientific development of that time. For example, the Jewish scientist Maimónides, known as the father of traditional medicine.

Nowadays, you can find different sights related to this epoch, like Maimónides's stature, situated in Judios street, or the statue of Algafequi, the first cataracts surgeon.

10. Caliphate City of Medina Azahara

Córdoba is the only city in the world with four World Heritage Sites. The most recent one is the Caliphate City of Medina Azahara

Built by the first caliph of Córdoba, Medina Azahara reflected the power, richness and supremacy of the new Caliphate. In 1009-1010, the civil war put an end to the Caliphate. As a result, the city was abandoned and forgotten for almost 1,000 years. 

Today, Medina Azahara is one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe. Join our Medina Azahara tour to discover the Caliphate past of Córdoba!

Here you have the 10 must-visit attractions of Córdoba. Discover all of them with Córdoba Tips Tours!

Do you plan to visit Andalusia? Don't doubt to include Córdoba on your next visit to Spain!

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