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3 nights in Seville, Cordoba, or ?????

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1. Posted by laoutlaw (Budding Member 41 posts) 5y

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Hi!
Boyfriend and I will be travelling in Spain and Morocco mid March...after leaving Fes, we plan to head up towards Seville. We will have 3 nights to spend "somewhere" before we catch a cheapo Vueling flight from Seville to Barcelona. Any suggestions?
I would like ideally to base out of one city to avoid the pack-unpack-pack-unpack aspect. Suggestions on some place that has things of interest, possibly also a city with surrounding areas that would be do-able as day trips? We can't decide between Seville or Cordoba, but we're not locked into those two, necessarily.....
( we will have already been to granada & malaga by that point)

Many thanks in advance!
LAO

2. Posted by monkeycat (Full Member 109 posts) 5y

I would say stay in seville and do a day trip to Cordoba. Cordoba is pretty dead at night for nightlife in comparison to seville.

You could also do a day trip to Cadiz if you felt so inclined....if you go there eat at Balandro, at the bar, not the restaurant....go with a very empty stomach and.....enjoy.....

Tom

3. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1370 posts) 5y

Or make a daytrip to Arcos de la Frontera. With the AVE Cordoba is just 45 minutes from Sevilla (Santa Justa), so it is very doable as a daytrip. My choice would also to make the base in Sevilla.

If staying a little bit longer in Morocco is an option you could also opt to visit Chefchaouen, make it from there to Tangier, and take the boat to Spain, maybe spend a day in Cadiz, before heading to Sevilla.

4. Posted by monkeycat (Full Member 109 posts) 5y

There are also some much cheaper but only a little bit slower (ie an hour not 45minutes) trains between seville and cordoba.

They are called the Avant trains.

5. Posted by Holly76 (Budding Member 10 posts) 5y

hey, i would definitely recommend córdoba, since the city is not as packed with travvelers as seville is. cordoba may be refered to as "hidden gem". córdoba has many attractions such as the great mosque (the largest temple in the world), several roman sites, the alcazar royal fortress (explorer christopher columbus lived there), the nearby ruins of medina azahara, and many others. many tourists do not know and see that much of cordoba, since they are spending just one day in town before getting bussed to their coastal resorts...

you may find córdoba information (attractions, restaurants, etc.) right here: http://www.cordoba24.info. they have information in english too.

another plus is that córdoba is centrally located in andalusia, so all places of interest in the state (such as seville, granada, ronda) are within reach. there are convenient road, train, and bus connections.

recommendable is the montilla wine route (south of córdoba) with many wineries.

6. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 143 posts) 5y

My wife and I actually spent a week and a half in Spain. I would suggest to do Cordoba as a day trip. Take the train, it's fine and efficient. Once there, there is a local bus that you can take to the main area where the Alcazar and the "mosque temple" is located. Burger king is right next to it too...lol. Kinda funny.

Anyway, after seeing those two main sites and exploring the neighborhoods (shisha, eating, whatever), it's pretty much it. Granted, i didn't stay there at night but I didn't really see the "liveliness" it could have been which I saw all around me during the day in Sevilla!

I'm also a photographer so I did my thing in Cordoba, definitely worth the visit but other than that, it's a definite day trip, in my opinion.

7. Posted by Holly76 (Budding Member 10 posts) 5y

nutsnbolts, you would not have said that if you had stayed there for two or three days. you did what most of the other travelers see: the mosque, the trashy gift shops around, probably a touristy horse corriage tour around the quarter and then they're done and say something like "we-ell...".

what you missed is the really interesting stuff - the synagogue, the ruins of medina azahara, plaze de corredera ancient roman sites and so much more.

i admit if you're seeking a vibrant nightlife, there are places other than cordoba that will be first choice. otherwise cordoba is worth spending more than one day.

anyway, feel free to come back for more... ;)

8. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 143 posts) 5y

You're right, I may have a difference of opinion if I may have stayed there one night or two. However, when I first planned to go there, I had planned to stay there for a night or two till I was deterred by the locals that Cordoba isn't really as exciting as other places I could have spent my 1 or 2 nights at...

Given the circumstances with limited days/nights, I had to be picky as to what was best for my trip to experience. Not to hop the band wagon but when the locals, as well as, the general people in the forum telling me that it's a day trip and when I get there I agreed that it was a day trip, my experience is as stated, a day trip to cordoba. There are other places like Ronda or spend a night or two to see the Alhambra elsewhere was more enticing than a night or two in Cordoba.

I hate to say it but the OP did ask where to spend the 3 nights at...Seville, Cordoba or elsewhere. So i suggested to spend some nights in Sevilla, spend some other nights elsewhere BUT don't miss out on Cordoba because it should still be a place to be visited but not for a night....once again, in my opinion.

9. Posted by Holly76 (Budding Member 10 posts) 5y

i respect your opinion nutsnbolts, but the crux is that you have to stay ate least two or three days in town to find out that it has much more than just the mosque and the quarter around. if you do not stay you will hardly be able to discover the riches the city and its vicinity have. it is kind of a hidden gem, an no one knows about, b/c everyone is just considering a day trip.

if a vibrant nighlife is the first priority, then seville should be preferred, absolutely no question.

10. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 143 posts) 5y

Quoting Holly76

i respect your opinion nutsnbolts, but the crux is that you have to stay ate least two or three days in town to find out that it has much more than just the mosque and the quarter around. if you do not stay you will hardly be able to discover the riches the city and its vicinity have. it is kind of a hidden gem, an no one knows about, b/c everyone is just considering a day trip.

if a vibrant nighlife is the first priority, then seville should be preferred, absolutely no question.

Holly, thanks!

You're right that the crux of it all is the fact that you have to stay at least two to three days in town in order to truly enjoy and experience the town itself.

That can actually be said anywhere in the world. Believe me, if I had all the time in the world and vacation days that grew on trees, I would definitely do this.

Unfortunately, the reality of it all is that most people here request the most "efficient", "cost-effective" strategy to experience a place with such limited time. If you have more time, more power to you.

As for me, I had to actually divide Spain into two. I chose the South and given the amount of days I had, I had to pick and choose the most efficient way to experience the south of Spain. Two to three days in Cordoba was something that most people suggested to not do and just take the day to "see" it and take the two to three days nights elsewhere which I put to experience the Alhambra.

Anyway back on topic, you're right that at the end of the day, spending more than one night at any given place will surely be an experience. I just wished I had the luxury of time.

As Holly stated, the nightlife is great in Seville! Tapas tapas!