Previous Traveling in Spain posts:
- Toledo: https://orisoen.com/2013/01/09/traveling-in-spain-with-kids-toledo/
- La Mancha: https://orisoen.com/2013/01/10/traveling-in-spain-with-kids-la-mancha/
Cordoba is a large modern city with an historical old city that dates back to the Middle Ages when it was one of the greatest cities in the world. The old city was preserved beautifully and is best explored by foot.
I highly recommend staying at a hotel close to the old city, as it makes the exploring the city so simple. We stayed at Hostal La Fuente (see map below), a very simple but superbly located hotel.
The highlight of the visit to Cordoba is the Mezquita – a huge mosque built in the 8th century AD and expanded over time. The building is a testament to the amazing craftsmanship of the rulers of the Iberian peninsula at the time. The building is huge and includes a lovely internal square – the girls loved running around all over the place.
Bordering the Mezquita is the old Jewish Quarter, the real heart of the old city. Take the time to stroll through the alleys and streets – it’s an amazing experience. At the height of the city’s power during the Muslim rule, Jews, Muslims and Christians lived together in harmony and created one of the most impressive cultures in the western world.
I highly recommend walking along Calle Cairuan just outside the old walls (see map) and then go back in and stroll through Calle Judios to the Cassa de Sefard, the Jewish heritage museum.
Here are some of the old city’s pictures we took along the way:
Another gem off the beaten-track is Palacio Museo de Viana (see map) – a beautiful 17th century villa with a dozen gardens. We spent a couple of hours exploring the villa and gardens, which the girls loved most:
Finally, if you are interested in Flamenco, you can book a show at Tablao Flamenco Cardenal (see map). It’s a touristy show, but if you can’t make it to Seville for a real Flamenco performance (at Museo del Baile Flamenco), this is a decent alternative.