We decided to take a road trip to celebrate the end of a three-month quarantine due to the Corona virus outbreak within Spain. Spain was simultaneously one of the worst-hit and strictest European countries when it came to handling the virus. As a result, one of the first places we chose to travel to once the restrictions were lifted was Cordoba . Cordoba is a small village within the Andalusian region of Spain. During the Spring Time, it is known for its beautifully decorated balconies and courtyards and a festival is held to celebrate. Unfortunately, this year the festival was canceled due to the Corona virus outbreak and many stores and restaurants were also closed. Regardless of this, my friends and I decided to take a trip to Cordoba and we fell in love with the City and all its charm .
History of Cordoba:
Córdoba is a city in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, and the capital of the province of Córdoba. It was an important Roman city and a major Islamic center in the Middle Ages. It’s best known for La Mezquita, a breathtaking mosque built in 784 A.D., this mosque consists of beautifully tiled archways and vaulted ceilings decorated with intricate patterns and designs. It is one of the smaller mosques within Spain but it’s still one of the most beautiful locations to visit in the country. Cordoba is also close enough to Sevilla that if you are flying it is an easy day trip.
We started our road trip from Rota and drove an hour and a half to Sevilla. We parked in a small parking garage near Plaza de Espana and walked through the gardens in search of Starbucks. Unfortunately, Starbucks was closed so we grabbed some snacks at a local grocery store and ate in the park before continuing our journey to Cordoba. Cordoba is a fairly easy drive from Sevilla and is a little less than 2 hours away. Additionally, there are trains that you can take to reach the city as well.
Things to do in Cordoba:
- Córdoba mosque (La Mezquita)
- Medina Azahara – Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra
- Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs
- Roman Bridge of Córdoba
- Torre De Calahorra
- Templo Romano
- Córdoba Synagogue
Cordoba was the perfect little slice of modern amenities and old world beauty and personality. The city center is in my opinion a smaller version of Madrid with the ton of shops, restaurants, bakeries, bars & more. There is a variety of cuisine from Italian to Mexican as well as traditional Spanish tapas. We feasted on crepes and croissants for breakfast, gelato for dessert and burgers and paella for dinner and lots and lots of Sangria. The city center has so many options like vegan and vegetarian restaurants so it was perfect for everyone. Unfortunately, some of the rooftop bars were closed due to the virus which was disappointing because they offer some of the best views of the city as well as the ancient Moorish walls that surround it.
The city itself is heavily influenced by Moorish and Roman dynasties and you can find much of this influence in the architecture. One of the most famous landmarks in Cordoba are the archways within the Mosque. It is $11 for adults to enter and free admission for kids under 3. It is an excellent place to explore but I do recommend you book your tour online to avoid the long lines. When we visited some of the extra exhibits were closed due to the outbreak.
For our trip we rented a three-bedroom Airbnb right in the city and next to the mosque. The location was perfect because it was about a 10-minute walk to the city center and a 5-minute walk to the mosque. The city itself was super kid friendly and we were able to walk with the kids for hours. Cordoba was also pretty stroller-friendly as I had to put my son in the stroller a couple of times when he got tired. There are also a lot of little greenery areas for the kids to run around in and burn off some energy throughout the day. As far as things to do with children, there were a couple of playgrounds but mostly we just walked around and visited some of the shops and restaurants. When the kids were tired we took breaks at the Airbnb and continued to our adventures after nap time. Overall, Cordoba was a great city to travel to with kids or even solo. Things were within walking distance and everything was pretty affordable. I definitely would recommend Cordoba being on your list of places to visit while in Spain.