Córdoba

SEE

Palacio de Viana

Palacio de Viana

Palacio de Viana- A relaxing place to walk around and look at beautiful, creative courtyards from different centuries with various wonderful plants and flowers. All around you in Córdoba there are romantic patios (courtyards), and it's enchanting to be surrounded by such lush nature at all times.

Museo Julio Romero de Torres- I learned about this artist while visiting Córdoba, and I absolutely love his work. His portraits exhibit strong women with an intense gaze, and his love of Flamenco performers is prevalent in his style and subject matter. I'm grateful I learned about this Spanish artist in his hometown. 

Puente Romano

Puente Romano

Puente Romano- A magical bridge, originally built by the Romans in the 1st century A.D., that one can walk across freely and look at the wonder around you.

Córdoba Synagogue

Córdoba Synagogue

Córdoba Synagogue- One of three of the best preserved Medieval Synagogues in Spain that managed to survive the Inquisition. The Mudéjar style of decoration is intricate and divine. 

Casa de Sefarad- This is a well-thought-out small museum that plays inspiring Sephardic music that awakens your spirit while you learn about the culture that once thrived in Córdoba before the Inquisition. It also has a compelling section on strong Sephardic women in different roles.

It's obvious that you have to visit Mezquita, the mosque with a cathedral built inside, when in Córdoba; A church divided in two halves where Muslims and Christians once prayed in the same location (that would be nice to see in modern times).  I would go as early as you can. I visited the courtyard area a few different times, and it was way less crowded the earlier it was in the day.

Royal Horse show

Royal Horse show

The Passion and Spirit of Andalusian Horse show is a fun show to see after visiting Alcazar de los Reyos Cristianos. The horses are impressive. My only wish is that they had a live Flamenco band perform as opposed to the recorded music that is piped in. I think that would take the show to a higher level, but it is still worth checking out.

 

 

EAT

Casa Mazal

Casa Mazal

Casa Mazal- I couldn't think of a more perfect restaurant to dine at after visiting the Judería, and all it's wonders. The food is colorful and delicious, the atmosphere is pleasing, the staff is friendly and efficient, and they play Sephardic music to add to the experience. 

Puerta Sevilla- A historical restaurant with yet another gorgeous patio that even has live birds singing, and an old well in the center. The service was accomplished, and the food was fresh and flavorful. 

Mercado Victoria

Mercado Victoria

Mercado Victoria- A fun gastro market to try different food and drinks of the region. Housed in a wrought-iron pavilion built in 1877. I tried Flamenquín here, and it was good!

Bodegas Campos- A traditional restaurant with warm service, and tasty, traditional food.

 

Bar La Cavea

Bar La Cavea

 

 

DRINK

La Tortuga- A cafe with good service where you can grab a coffee, fresh juice and a pastry and enjoy it outside or in the cute cafe.

Naufragio- A great dive-bar with seats outside by the river, or inside it looks like a 1970's captains lodge, so either way it's a win. They don't have a website so here is the address Paseo De La Rivera 9 Y Medio

Bar La Cavea- Where you go to have a glass of wine outside surrounded by beauty while you read a book or write postcards. Across the plaza is the Museo Arquelogico, which is worth a visit too. The address is Plaza de Jerónimo Páez, 7

STAY

I booked last minute and even though it wasn't high season many places were booked up, so I advise you to book in advance.

Secrotel Selu Hotel- is where I ended up staying. It's good for a budget hotel. It's close to all of the sites and it's clean. 

Hotels I wanted to stay at that were all booked:

La Casas de La Juderia OR Hotel Hospes Palacio del Bailio