Córdoba Tourist Destination Spain

The Courtyards

The courtyards (“patios”) of Cordoba originated from Roman culture, and have now become one of the city’s main attractions. The hot, dry summers led Roman settlers over the centuries to adapt their houses by arranging them around a central courtyard, which usually featured a fountain or a well in the middle. The Muslims varied this scheme by building an entrance hall next to the main door from the street and filling the courtyard with plants to cool the air and give a feelingof freshness. In December 2012, the Festival of the Courtyards (“Patios”) was declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO. The city of Cordoba, in honour of the courtyards, has set up a Visitors’ Centre for the interpretation of the Patios at Calle Trueque, nº4. Come and see it and visit an authentic Cordoban courtyard (patio) at any time of the year.

Culture all the year round

Mosque-Cathedral • Castle (Alcazar) of the Christian Monarchs • Museum of Julio Romero de Torres • Baths of the Arabic Castle (Alcazar) • Royal Stables • Synagogue • Medina Azahara • Roman Temple • Museum of Fine Arts • Archaeological Museum • Calahorra Tower Museum • Bullfighting Museum • Moorish Chapel of San Bartolomé • Gateway to the Bridge • Fernandine Churches • Viana Palace • Fosforito Flamenco Centre.

“Passion and Spirit of the Andalusian Horse”

This unique, magical equestrian show reveals all the beauty, intelligence and nobility of our Anda- lusian Horse, a breed originating from Cordoba, as well as the consummate skill of their riders. The show features a range of different disciplines such as «Cattle-herding Dressage», «Use of Poles (Garrocha)», «Use of Long Reins and Leading by Hand» or «Pulling Carriages». The show is a real pleasure for the whole family, and takes place in the magnificent setting of the Royal Stables of Cordoba, in a monumental building dating from 1570.

The Soul of Cordoba

The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is one of the most impressive monuments of humanity and perhaps the most idiosyncratic religious building in the world today. In 1984, it was declareda ‘World Heritage Monument’ by the UNESCO.The Soul of Cordoba is a new way to get to know this unique religious building and admire its beauty. This night-time tour tells the history of the monument, its artistic value and its cul- tural and religious importance through a sound and light show, with simultaneous narration inachoice of different languages.

Cordoba’s cuisine

Cordoba’s cuisine reflects in its dishes the traditions and flavours of all the peoples who have settled here. To the Romans we owe our fondness for olive oil, the basis of the Mediterranean diet. The Arab influence can be seen in the preference for mixing sweet and sour flavours and the use of vegetables and nuts, especially in confectionery, where the Jewish heritage also left its mark. The Christians introduced meat-eating to the Cordovan table, with all the different ways of preparing it. Cordoba boasts a long list of high quality gourmet food products, starring seven Denominations of Origin products, including olive oil, wine, vinegar and Iberian ham. Four of these categories are found for olive oil: D.O. Baena, D.O. Priego de Cordoba, D.O. Montoro-Adamuz and D.O.P. Olive Oil of Lucena; one for the wine D.O. Montilla-Moriles as well as D.O. Montilla-Moriles vinegar, which is produced in the same geographical area; and one category is for Iberian ham: D.O. Jamón los Pedroches.

It also features a number of characteristic local dishes such as Cordoban Salmorejo, bull’s tail, ham flamenquin, aubergines with honey, the cakes known as alfajores and pestiños and Cordoban pastry… all of which are served in any of the many wonderful Catering establishments dotted around the city.

Cordoba, World Heritage Site

Cordoba is a city with an enormous cultural and monumental legacy, an inheritance of the different civilizations that have lived here over the centuries. In 1994, the UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization) recognized the universal importance of its historical patrimony, and extended the World Heritage nomination to include not only the Mosque-Cathedral (1984), but also all the surrounding urban ensemble.

Within the area declared a World Heritage site are remains that testify to the splendour of Cordoba in a number of historical periods: from Roman times, there is the bridge on the Guadalquivir, the mosaics of the Castle (Alcazar) and the columns of the Temple of Claudius Marcellus (1st century), as wellas several wall paintings. The Arabic period in Cordoba (8th -13th centuries) is represented by the Great Mosque. The district of the Jewish Quarter bears testimony to the Jewish culture present in the city in Medieval times. From the Christian Middle Ages date two key constructions: the Alcazar (Castle) of the Christian Monarchs and the Calahorra Tower. Modern Age art can be seen in the Renaissance church built in the middle of the Mosque, which marked its conversion into a Catholic Cathedral.