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Córdoba (Spain)

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Introduction

Cordoba Street

Cordoba Street

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The city of Córdoba has had a long and important history on the Iberian peninsula. The town is located in the Guadalquivir river valley, which made for easy access to the natural resources in the nearby Morena Mountains. The city was the capital of the Roman province of Hispania Ulterior Baetica, which was the southwest corner of modern Spain. The city remained very important during the Byzantine Empire and during the Visigoth occupation.

Córdoba became the capital again during the 10th century when the Moors set up an independent Caliphate in Spain. The city had between 250,000 people and 500,000, which is larger then today. The city went by the Arabic name of Qurţuba(قرطبة) at that time, and was one of the most important and the biggest western European city at that time. During the 10th century the city built many amazing sights and flourished. Everything changed in 1236 when the city was retaken by the Catholic ruler Fernando III during the reconquista. After that the city got in decline, until the late 19th century and the arrival of many industries, and later tourism. The reason why people visit Córdoba today is because of the many wonderful medieval sights in the city to explore.

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Neighbourhoods

The city is mainly divided between the north part of town and the southern part of town.

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Sights and Activities

Mezquita

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Cordoba_La Mezquita_31

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The Mezquita, which means mosque in Spanish, is a present day Roman Catholic Cathedral located in the city. This religious site has under gone many transformations over the centuries. It originally was a Roman temple and over a thousand columns in the current church made of jasper, onyx and marble mostly belonged to the original Roman temple and several other Roman building in the area. A new church was built on the foundation of the temple in 600 AD by the Visigoths.

But when Moorish forces occupied the city in 711 they started to turn it into a mosque. At one time this mosque was the second largest in the muslim world. As the different rulers controlled the structure they left different things. This includes things like towers, larger columns and when the Christians took it back in 1236, re-consecrating it very quickly back into a church, alterations such as a royal chapel, replacing Islamic columns with Baroque style ones and a Renaissance style nave were built. Today the Mezquita is the most important church in Córdoba and entrance tickets cost €6.50.

Other Sights and Activities

  • Historic Centre of Córdoba - Visit the stunning old town of this amazing city that is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Synagogue is a nice 14th century synagogue.
  • Walcha Cave was built in 1489.
  • Palace of Viana is an amazing 16th century palace.
  • Medina Az-Zahra, Cordoba

    Medina Az-Zahra, Cordoba

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    Medina Az-Zahra is a ruined city 5 km outside of Córdoba, of which only 10% has been excavated. The city was built from scratch and was only occupied for 80 years during the late 10th century. The city was destroyed in 1010 and became myth until rediscovered in 1911.
  • The Tower of Calahorra is a 14th century tower.
  • The Door of the Bridge was built in the 16th century.
  • Rio Guadalquivir is a restored Islamic water wheel.
  • The Plaza Vieja
  • Plaza Mayor

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Weather

The summers are extremely dry with daily thermal oscillations. Some of these oscillations can reach up to 40 °C and the average daily maximum temperature is around 27 °C, which is the highest in Spain and Europe. Most of the rain occurs during the winter months of December through February with annual rainfall around 500 mm. Winters are mostly between 10 and 15 °C during the day, though nights can get chilly and frost is not unheard of.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max14.7 °C16.9 °C20.5 °C22.1 °C26.2 °C31.6 °C36.2 °C35.9 °C31.7 °C25 °C18.9 °C15.3 °C
Avg Min3.7 °C4.9 °C6.4 °C8.6 °C11.8 °C15.5 °C18.1 °C18.5 °C16.2 °C12.1 °C7.6 °C5.2 °C
Rainfall64 mm53 mm40 mm61 mm34 mm17 mm3 mm3 mm24 mm62 mm85 mm89 mm
Rain Days98710631137810

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Getting There

By Plane

Córdoba Airport (ODB) is a small airport that only used to serve a few flights within Spain and to Casablanca. The airport is located about 6 km west of the city centre.
Fly Sur was the only operator, but flights have been temporarily suspended.

By Train

The train station which was rebuilt in 1992 is a major stop along the high speed AVE Madrid - Seville line as well as many other regional and national train lines. Check RENFE for more information about schedules and prices.

By Car

Córdoba lies along the A-4 motorway, between Madrid and Sevilla. From Málaga you can reach Córdoba via de A-45. From Extremadura (Badajoz), you can take the national route N-432.

By Bus

The bus station is located across the street from the train station. Check Movelia for routes and more.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
BostonMalaga 2 Plaza De Las TendillasHotel86
Hostal La FuenteSan Fernando 51Guesthouse85
Hostal Lineros 38Calle Lineros 38Hostel88
Hotel Riviera CordobaPlaza De Aladreros 5Hotel86
Pension CibelesCara 12Guesthouse84
Santa Ana HostalCalle Cardenal González 25Guesthouse85
Senses&Colours Añil HostelBarroso 4HOSTEL-
Funky CordobaCalle Lucano, 12Hostel85
Senses&Colours Seneca Hostelconde y luque 7GUESTHOUSE81
Hotel Las Casas de la JuderiaTomas Conde, 10Hotel-
Hostal Fonda La CorrederaRodriguez Marin 23 Plaza de la Corredera 1Guesthouse84
Hotel MaestreC/ Romero Barros, 4Hotel87
Hostal MaestreC/ Romero Barros 6Guesthouse89
Hotel Los PatiosC/Cardenal Herrero, 14Hotel88
Hotel SerranoBenito Pérez Galdós 6Hotel88
Hotel Marisa CordobaC/ Cardenal Herrero 6Hotel86
Hostal EL Triunfo SLCorregidor Luis de la cerda, 7Guesthouse-
Apartments La FuenteCalle Junio Galon s/nAPARTMENT88
Eurostars Conquistador HotelMagistral González Francés 15 - 17Hotel-
Eurostars Ciudad de CórdobaAvenida de CádizHotel-
Eurostars MaimónidesTorrijos 4Hotel-
Al-Mudawar - Almodovar de RioCalle La Barca 18Guesthouse90
Hotel Oasis CordobaAvenida de Cadiz 78HOTEL85
Independent TravellersPaseo de la Ribera, 4 Cordoba 14003Guesthouse-
Apartamentos San Fernando 62San Fernando, 62Apartment-
Hostal Posada Los AlcazaresCorregidor Luis de la Cerda 6Guesthouse-
Apartamentos La CastillejaC/ Huerta del Hierro, 22Apartment-
Eurostars Las AdelfasAvenida de la ArruzafaHotel-
Albergue Inturjoven CordobaPlaza de Juda Levi s/nHOSTEL88
Hotel Macia AlfarosAlfaros 18Hotel-
B&B Casa OasisLos Rios 19 AlmedinillaGUESTHOUSE-
San Pedro ApartmentSan Pedro 23APARTMENT86
Hospederia Luis de Gongora7 Horno de La Trinidad CordobaGUESTHOUSE88
Cordoba Bed and BeC/Cruz Conde 22GUESTHOUSE92
Apart AlcazarCalle Postrera 19, B1.APARTMENT-
TrotamundoRodríguez Marín 13HOSTEL-
Hostal El Antiguo ConventoRey Heredia 26Hostel-
Hostal Azahar CordobaC/ Cardenal González, 68GUESTHOUSE-
Hostal AzaharC/ Corregidor Luis de la CerdaHostel-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet is widely available within Spain. Most airports have wifi-zones and in most towns there are internet cafés or shops where you can use internet for a fixed price. Wi-Fi points in bars and cafeterias are available after ordering, and most hotels offer Wi-Fi connection in common areas for their guests.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international access code for Spain is +34. The emergency number for police, ambulance and the fire brigade is 112.

In cities you can find plenty of public phones, and 'locutorios'. The latter are small shops where you can use the phone and use internet. Most of them also sell prepaid cards for mobile telephones. These shops are used a lot by foreigners to call to their mother country.

The main mobile network operators in Spain are Yoigo, Vodafone, Movistar and Orange, as in most of Europe voice and data coverage is generally good in urban areas however it can be patchy in rural locations. Cheap mobile phones (less than €50) with some pre-paid minutes are sold at FNAC or any phone operator's shop (Vodafone, Movistar, Orange). Topping-up is then done by buying scratch cards from the small stores, supermarkets, vending points (often found in tobacco shops) or kiosks.

Post

If you want to post a card, you can head to the post office (Correos). The Spanish post is not yet as efficient as colleagues in other countries so receiving a card can take a bit longer than the number of days that it should take. On the website of Correos, you can find the locations of nearby post offices.
Post offices are generally open from 8:30am to 2:00pm, although times will vary according to the size of the city/town and the main post offices might be open until the early evening. Most will also open again on Saturday mornings, but in the smaller towns will close as early as 12 noon. When posting a letter, look for a yellow box and, if possible, post at the post office itself where there will also be divisions for local, national and international mail. Be prepared for long queues at the post office. This is why tobacco shops sell stamps and many will also have the facility to weigh packages. Standard letters/postcards of up to 20 grams sent within Spain are €0.34. However, non-standard letters/postcards of up to 20g are €0.39. Letters/postcards of 20 to 50 grams are €0.45. In the case of international shipping, the price is €0.64 to most countries within Europe for standard envelopes (letters/postcards) up to 20g, for a few European countries and outside Europe it is €0.78. If you want to send a package you are probably better off with a private courier company like TNT, DHL or UPS, as they offer quick and reliable services against competitive prices.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 37.884727
  • Longitude: -4.779152

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