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About Cordoba, Andalucia
Cordoba is the perfect destination for people who like to walk without planning their route, and find good food whenever and wherever they find themselves feeling peckish. Most of the main sites can be found in the historic quarter, a maze of small streets opening onto squares and courtyards. As well as historic and architectural marvels, this area brims with places to eat and shop, and it's where you'll find many of the best places to stay in Cordoba.
Once the capital of a Roman province, Cordoba has also been the capital of an Arab state, and a Caliphate. And in today's Cordoba you can still see the wealth and variety of architectural wonders to prove it.
As well as being a political capital many times over, Cordoba has always been considered one of Andalusia's cultural and intellectual capitals. And nothing has really changed - in summer Cordoba runs back to back festivals, celebrating all kinds of art and crafts. The best time on the calendar is late spring early summer, when the city is at its most colourful but the heat is still tolerable!
Cordoba's most famous sight, and one of the most famous sites in all of Andalusia, is the Mezquita, a gorgeous building of Moorish design which sits atop the whole city. Built as a mosque it then became a shared place of worship, then reverted back to being solely a mosque, and was then converted into a cathedral. Wonderfully the beauty of its architecture has prevented it from being razed and a more traditionally shaped cathedral being built. And despite its conversions this is still one of the best places in Andalusia to come to learn more about the region's Islamic history.
The historic quarter spreads out around the Mezquita. Many of the oldest and most interesting cafes and boutiques can be found along the especially tiny alleyways of the Jewish quarter to the west and north. This part of town was built in the Middle Ages, and it has a warren of fascinating buildings to discover.
If you're looking for nightlife head out into modern Cordoba, around the station. Some of the restaurants and bars here have become tourist destinations in their own right.
For Something Special
- The Hospes Palacio del Bailio melds Moorish authenticity with contemporary style fantastically. Faded frescoes, sand coloured stone and Roman baths are complemented by modern comforts. Definitely one of the best places to stay in Cordoba if you've an interest in Moorish design.
- Check out the Hotel Casa de Los Azulejos: on his return from Mexico the hotel owner opened this city's first Mexican restaurant in the cellar of this townhouse, later converting the rest of the house into an eight room hotel with a colonial/ Mexican feel. The breakfast is especially good. With doubles starting from less than £70 a night, this is also great value.
The Best Place to Stay in Cordoba's Jewish Quarter
- Packed with wonderful local antiques, La Hospederia de El Churrasco has let both Moorish and Roman design influence its rather ornate decor. It's got a lovely quiet courtyard too.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Cordoba for you?
Best Hotels in Cordoba, Andalucia
Hotel Casa de Los Azulejos 9 rooms from $93Cordoba, Andalucia
Laidback, colonial style house hotel with splashes of vibrant colours. Delightful, planted garden courtyard with hammocks and full of artwork. Individually styled light rooms with great views. Indulgent buffet style breakfasts. Ideally situated to explore the historic town.Value chic - Totally affordable homely colonial style hotel, with bright interiors and a leafy garden patio with hammock for relaxing.Sights nearby - Just 50 m from Corredera Square and a ten minute walk from the Mezquita.Great walks - Explore the stunning orange scented Jewish Quarter.Full of characterRecommended by - Fodors
La Hospederia de El Churrasco 9 rooms from $129Cordoba, Andalucia
A traditional hotel in the narrow alleyways of the old quarter of Córdoba. Sumptuously decorated rooms with Cordoban antiques, Moorish influence and Roman mosaics. There is a charming courtyard, wine cellar and a locally renowned restaurant. Ideally positioned for exploring the historic town.Local exploring - Well situated in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of old Córdoba, and right next to the Jewish quarter of La Judería.Sights nearby - Within walking distance of La Mezquita and 14th-century palace Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos.Great walks - Explore the narrow alleyways of the Jewish Quarter.Full of character
Hospes Palacio del Bailio 53 rooms from $172Cordoba, Andalucia
This hotel melds Moorish authenticity with contemporary style fantastically. Faded frescoes, sand coloured stone, and Roman baths are complemented by modern comforts with utmost romance. Gourmet dinner in the inner courtyard is a show stopper. Never mind the city, you might never leave the hotel.Swimming Pool - Outdoor and Indoor PoolsCity StyleTraditionalWellbeingRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Fodors, Kiwi Collection