A mid-sized city in the southern Spanish region of Andalucía, Córdoba is home to around 350,000 people. One of the oldest cities in Europe, Córdoba itself has been declared a World Heritage Site, something which becomes more obvious as you set foot in its historic centre. In its time, the city has been the capital of a Roman and Arab state, but is a little sleepier nowadays.
Córdoba has a number of popular cultural events scheduled throughout the year, many of which celebrate local traditions such as flamenco dancing. The city also has its fair share of museums and galleries, while the nightlife is as lively as in most other major cities in Spain. The place to be here is the Old City, which has been wonderfully preserved.
If you want to explore the entire city by car, then a small city car is the best thing to drive in, as it will find the narrow old roads less tricky than something larger.
The most important landmark in the city is The Mezquita. Formerly a mosque, it was converted into a cathedral which is most renowned for its famous red and white-striped arches and columns. Although the cathedral within the grounds still stands, much of the original mosque is intact.
Museo Vivo de Al-Andalus in the Old City is a museum dedicated to life in Andalucía. This former gateway into the city is home to artefacts from Muslim Andalucía, while the top of the tower offers great views of the city.
Plaza del Cristo de los Faroles is one of many public squares in the city, but it’s the best place in Córdoba for people watching and live events. It’s also home to a Christ on the Cross statue, which is surrounded by lanterns.
Feria de Córdoba is one of the biggest festivals in the city. In the last week of May, eating, drinking, and dancing are all part of the festivities, as are flamenco and salsa music. Every May, there are other religious festivals held all over the city.
Parking in Córdoba tends to be more plentiful around the edge of the city centre, especially around the city’s main train station.
If coming in from other major cities in the region, the best route into Córdoba is the E-5, which goes between the city and Seville to the southwest.
C√≥rdoba Train Station is a major train station serving the entire city. It is located just a few hundred metres northwest of the city centre on the Avenida de America.
The station is a major stop for AVE high speed train services connecting Barcelona and Valencia to the northeast with Seville and Malaga. Some local lines operate here as well.