Cordoba’s landmark Mezquita Cathedral overlooks the city’s iconic Roman Bridge as it stretches across the serene Guadalquivir River.
The well-preserved Great Mosque was constructed during the 8th century, with an entrancing courtyard of orange trees, myriad arches and columns, expansive mosaics, and a giant bell tower. A Christian cathedral, featuring a range of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles, was constructed within after the Christians took over the city in 1236.
Cordoba’s entire historic center was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, with its impressive Jewish quarter synagogue, lush gardens and twelve courtyards of the Viana Palace, the fortified Calahorra Tower, and the convent of La Merced, which boasts an ornate façade.
Today, modern galleries dot the city, and colorful flowers enliven outdoor living areas and patios. Celebrations and processions abound: among these are the Patio Festival, during which residents compete for the most decorative flower displays, and the Festival of Crosses, transforming neighborhoods into friendly fiestas.
What To Do
Visit Colon Square in the heart of the city. Tour the Old City with its beautiful Mezquita Cathedral, Alcázar of Córdoba mosque and impressive Roman Bridge.
Join the revelry during one of the city’s remarkable festivals and processions.
Watch artisans at work as you browse La Buganvilla and Zoco, small galleries in the former Jewish quarter, showcasing original paintings, ceramics, leather goods, jewelry, and more.
When to Go
Cordoba blooms in the springtime when its Patio Festival showcases the city’s colorful flowers. The summer months are balmy, but not too hot. And winters are mild in Spain’s delightful Andalusía region.