Have you ever visited a new place and felt unsure about how to spend your time there? It can be overwhelming trying to decide what to do, especially if there’s so many options to choose from. To help travelers headed to Cordoba, we’ve created a list of things to do. We hope that you can find activities that work best for you from these options!
1. Mosque Of Cordoba
You simply can’t go to Cordoba without stopping by the Mosque-Cathedral. Known by locals as “La Mezquita,” this mosque is one of the most important Islamic structures in the world. Be sure to take your camera along to capture the beauty of this mosque. The stunning architecture and history behind the building will surely make you want to stay forever.
- Name: Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba
- Address: Calle del Cardenal Herrero, 1, 14003 Córdoba, Spain
- Hours: November-February: Monday to Saturday, 8:30 am-6:00pm;
Sundays, 8:30 am-11:30 am and 3:00 pm-6:00 pm. March-October: Monday to Saturday, 10:00 am-7:00 pm; Sundays, 8:30 am-11:3o am and 3:00 pm-7:00 pm.
- Website: www.mezquitadecordoba.org/en/history-mosque-cordoba.asp
2. Stroll through Juderia
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Juderia, the old Jewish Quarter in Cordoba, is full of beautiful white buildings and narrow streets. Once home to one of the largest Jewish populations, traces of the culture still linger. Go on one of the many walking tours available or explore the area at your own pace. Whichever you decide, don’t miss out on the many historic stops along the way.
- Name: Juderia or “Old Jewish Quarter”
- Address: Located northwest of La Mezquita
- Website: www.casadesefarad.es/in/entrada.html
3. Museo De Bellas Artes
This fine arts museum features pieces of art by local artists like the Altarpiece of the Flagellation and the Still Life of Oranges. European visitors of the museum can expect to pay no admission while visitors of other nationalities will pay a slim 1.50 euros. This small yet enjoyable museum is a great way to spend some free time in Cordoba.
- Name: Museo De Bellas Artes de Cordoba
- Address: Plaza del Potro, 1, 14002 Córdoba
- Hours: Closed Monday; Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 am-7:30 pm; Sunday 9:00 am-3:30 pm
- Website: www.museosdeandalucia.es/cultura/museos/MBACO
4. Walk along the Roman Bridge
Constructed by the Romans many many years ago, this bridge features several beautiful arches that lie in the center of Córdoba. Although it has been reconstructed many times, causing it to lose its Roman influence, this bridge is still a hot spot for tourists. The Roman bridge has even found its place in pop culture! It was featured in season 5 of the hit TV show “Game of Thrones.” Visitors can park nearby and walk to the bridge to enjoy the views.
- Name: Roman Bridge of Cordoba
- Address: Puente Bajada del Puente, 14009 Córdoba, Spain
- Hours: 24 hours
5. Have lunch on the banks of the Guadalquivir River
The Guadalquivir River runs through a chunk of southern Spain and is one of the longest in the country. Grab a lunch and a friend and head on over to the banks of the river to experience lunch with a view. If that’s not your thing, you can still take in the views of the river from the Roman bridge or from many of the restaurant located along its banks.
- Name: Guadalquivir River
- Address: Located near the Roman Bridge
- Hours: 24 hours
6. Walk through the city center
Officially declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Córdoba is filled with history and culture. Walk through the central district and you’ll see a myriad of Roman, Jewish and Spanish cultural influences. From the buildings and shops to the hotels and restaurants, prepare to be in awe at all this city has to offer.
- Name: Córdoba city center
- Address: Downtown Córdoba
- Hours: 24 hours, check specific times for shops and restaurants
7. Visit the Museo Arqueologico de Cordoba
Visitors to this museum can expect to pay 1.50 euros for entry if they are not EU citizens, while EU citizens get free admission. Featuring artistic works like the sculpture of Aphrodite bending down and the actual tombstones of Romans, this museum is situated right above an old Roman amphitheater. Visitors should know that it is a short distance from the hustle and busts of Córdoba’s center, but it is well worth the journey.
- Name: Museo Arqueologico de Córdoba or Archaeological Museum of Córdoba
- Address: Plaza Jerónimo Páez, 7, 14003 Córdoba
- Hours: September 16-June 15th: Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 am-8:30 pm; Sunday 9:00 am-3:30 pm. June 16th-September 15th: Tuesday-Sunday, 9:00 am-3:30 pm
- Website: www.museosdeandalucia.es/cultura/museos/MAECO/?lng=en
8. Take in great views from the Calahorra Tower
Situated in close proximity to the Roman bridge, Calahorra tower holds a lot of history of its own. Its been used as a prison and a school in the past but now it is officially a national monument. Visitors can expect to pay 4.50 euros to enjoy the gems in the tower. Once inside, head to the top of the tower for incredibly picturesque views of some of the main sights that Córdoba has to offer.
- Name: Calahorra Tower
- Address: C/ Puente Romano 14009 Cordoba
- Website: www.andalucia.com/cities/cordoba/calahorra.htm
9. Visit Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos
Dating back to ancient times, this landmark features three different levels for its visitors to explore. On the ground floor, visitors will see scenic patios and ancient baths. On the upper floor, there are lounges and various mosaics to be seen. On the highest floor, you will see different towers and walls as well as the coat of arms. Admission is just 4.50 euros.
- Name: Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos or Castle of the Christian Monarchs
- Address: Plaza Campo Santo de los Martires, s/n, 14004, Córdoba, Spain
- Phone: +34 957 420 151
- Website: /cultura.cordoba.es/es/equipamientos/alcazar-de-los-reyes-cristianos-1
10. See Capilla Mudejar de San Bartolome
This chapel is located right in the center of Cordoba and warrants much attention. Before going here, visitors should read into the history of the chapel in order to be more appreciate of it. The chapel features what is known a Mudejar art, suggesting it was constructed by Muslims or Moors. Travelers can get more information about this beautiful place by following the website link provided below.
- Name: Capilla Mudejar de San Bartolome
- Address: calle Averroes, s/n | Anexa a Facultad de Filosofia y Letras, 14004 Cordoba, Spain
- Website: www.manmaku.es/capillamudejar/english.html
11. Relax in the Arab Baths
Offering services like massages and skin cleansing, the Arab Baths of Cordoba are a sure way to relax during your stay. Many tourists come to this destination so it is advised to make a reservation. Reservations can be made either online at the website below or by phone at +34 957 484 746.
- Name: Hammam Al Andalus or Arab Baths
- Address: C/ Corregidor Luis de la Cerda, 51. 14003. Córdoba.
- Website: www.cordoba.hammamalandalus.com/en
12. Ride with AUCORSA
Sometimes it’s rough getting around just on foot. Sometimes, a rental car or taxi just becomes entirely too expensive. If you want to save money during your stay in Cordoba, try taking a trip on their public transit system known as AUCORSA. Fees and other rider information can be found on their website below.
- Name: AUCORSA
- Price: Rates for multiple-trip tickets start at 1.60 euros
- Website: www.aucorsa.es
13. Buy Souvenirs
Cordoba is filled with little shops and street markets that offer authentic Spanish gifts. There are street markets all around the downtown area with things that you can take back home, ranging from handmade local art, silver ware, and things native to only Cordoba. To get more information on what kind of shops are available, refer to the website posted below.
- Address: Cordoba city center, Spain
- Hours: Vary by shop
- Website: www.cordoba24.info/english/html/shopping.html
14. Visit Plaza de la Corredera
Filled with shops, restaurants and other places for you to stop if you get hungry, Plaza de la Corredera is worth the visit. You might also want to bring your camera along as this square is quite picture-worthy. Travelers can access the plaza at any time but be aware that some of the shops may not be open.
- Name: Plaza de la Corredera
- Address: Plaza de la Corredera, 1, 14002 Córdoba, Spain
- Hours: Accessible 24 hours
15. Walk Down Cairuan Street
Holding remnants of Cordoba’s ancient defensive walls, Cairuan street is the perfect pit stop for the history buff. Even if you are not into the history of the place, the beauty of it will provide amazing pictures. This street is located just a few minutes away from the Mosque-Cathedral.
- Name: Cairuan Street
- Address: Located near Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba
- Hours: 24 hours
16. See the Roman Temple
While in Cordoba, you will be able to find many traces of ancient Roman history and influence. One of those that still remains is the Roman Temple, located near Cordoba’s City Hall building. Whether you stay at this monument to marvel at its beauty or you just want to take a few pictures of it the Roman Temple is worth adding to your Cordoba bucket list.
- Name: Roman Temple
- Address: Calle Capitulares, s/n, 14003 Córdoba, Spain
- Phone: +34 957 201 774
17. See A Horse Show!
Yes, you read that correctly. The company listed below provides shows featuring trained horses with their riders and flamenco dancers. The shows generally last for an hour and a half and the shows fill up fast. The best thing to do would be to get there early so that you don’t end up in a long line or with bad seats to the show.
- Name: Espectaculo Pasion y Duende del Caballo Andaluz
- Address: Calle Caballerizas Reales, 1, 14004 Cordoba, Spain
- Phone +34 957 497 843
18. Tiered Gardens Of The Alcazaba
The best thing about this place, besides the beauty of the gardens, is that if you get there early enough, your first hour of exploration is completely free. Otherwise the fee is just 4.50 euros for visitors. Expect to be taken aback by this serene place, full of fountains and beautiful waters.
- Name: Tiered Gardens of The Alcazaba
- Address: Pasadeo de la Victoria, Cordoba, Spain
- Price: 4.50 euros
19. Watch a Theater Performance
Cordoba has many companies offering theater performances. Just to name a few, you can check out Tablao Flamenco Cardenal, Arte y Sabores de Cordoba, or Taberna La Fuenseca. As some of the names suggest, these shows feature Spanish performers displaying some of their culture. For example, you can watch a flamenco dancing show at Tablao Flamenco Cardenal.
- Name: Arte y Sabores de Cordoba
- Address: Calle Velázquez Bosco 10, Córdoba
- Website: www.flamencotickets.com/arte-y-sabores-de-cordoba
20. Visit Casa Andalusi
Casa Andalusi is a house from medieval times that is so meticulously kept that you’ll feel like you’re stepping into the past; it is filled with rich, cultural artifacts from the Moors culture. Visitors can expect to pay an entrance fee of 5 euros but it is well worth it. Don’t miss out on the basement part of the home, there are some amazing water wells to see there.
- Name: Casa Andalusi
- Address: Calle Judios 12, Cordoba, Spain
- Website: www.lacasaandalusi.com
We hope you enjoy doing some of the things we’ve recommended in this article.
Have a good trip and travel!