Welcome to Córdoba
Córdoba is a city in Andalusia, southern Spain, and the capital of the province of Córdoba. The city combins ancient Roman and medieval Moorish architecture and history, Cordoba is home to the great Mosque-Cathedral, one of the most important tourist attractions in Spain.
Strategically located on the north bank of the Guadalquivir River, Cordoba was Spain’s capital during Roman and Moorish times. The typical Spanish white alleys, decorated with colorful flower pots, are surrounded by exquisite remnants of Islamic architecture such as its old quarter and famous Mezquita or mosque.
Short History of Córdoba
Roman and Visigoths town
Initially a Carthaginian township, Córdoba was captured by the Romans in 206 BC, and soon becoming the capital of Hispania Citerior. It had fine buildings and imposing fortifications. In the 6th century, with the crumbling of the Roman Empire, the city fell to the Visigoths until the beginning of the 8th century when it was conquered by the Moors.
Capital of al-Andalus
In 716, Córdoba became a provincial capital and, in 766, capital of the Muslim emirate of al-Andalus. By the 10th century, as the Caliphate of Córdoba it had become one of the most advanced cities in the world, recognized for its culture, learning and religious tolerance. It addition to a huge library, the city enclosed over 300 mosques and a multitude of palaces and administrative buildings.
In 1236, King Ferdinand III took the city, built new defenses and converted the Grand Mosque into a cathedral. The Christian city grew up around the cathedral with palaces, churches, and a fortress. Although the city lost its political significance under Christian rule, it continued to play an important role in commerce thanks to the nearby Sierra Morena copper mines.
Attractions in Córdoba
Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba
Palacio de Congresos
Triunfo de San Rafael de la Puerta del Puente
Puerta del Puente
Baños Árabes de Santa María
Calleja de las Flores
Puente Romano de Córdoba
Mills of the Guadalquivir
Hospital del Cardenal Salazar
Capilla de San Bartolomé
Baños del Alcázar Califal
Museo Taurino de Córdoba
Sinagoga de Córdoba
Museo Arqueológico y Etnológico de Córdoba
Judería de Córdoba
Casa de Sefarad
Caballerizas Reales de Córdoba
Torre de Belén de Córdoba
Torre de la Calahorra
Centro Flamenco Fosforito
Posada del Potro
Alminar de San Juan
Plaza del Potro
Museo Julio Romero de Torres
Museo de Bellas Artes de Córdoba
Plaza de las Tendillas
Plaza de la Corredera
Puerta de Sevilla
Templo Romano de Córdoba
Real Colegiata de San Hipólito
Palacio de Orive
Palacio de los Marqueses de Viana
Plaza del Conde de Priego
Palacio de la Merced
Centro de Interpretación de la Fiesta de los Patios Trueque Cuatro
Palacio de Maximiano Hercúleo
Monasterio de San Jerónimo de Valparaíso
Castillo de Almodóvar del Río
Festivals held in Córdoba
Cata del Vino Montilla-Moriles en Córdoba
The Cata del Vino Montilla-Moriles en Córdoba or Montilla-Moriles wine-tasting Festival of Córdoba is a yearly wine tasting festival with over 20 bodegas or wine-cellars takeing part in Cordoba in Spain. To the south of Córdoba are valleys which grow the well known wines from the Montilla-Moriles Denominacion de Origen.
Batalla de las Flores
The Batalla de las Flores or Battle of the Flowers is a festival in Cordoba, Spain. It is one of the most popular festivals in Córdoba as it usually welcomes spring, with thousands of locals and tourists coming to this event every year.
Festival de la Guitarra
The Festival de la Guitarra or the The Cordoba Guitar Festival is a highly regarded international guitar festival usually during the first fortnight of July, located in Cordoba, in Spain. It is one of the cultural highlights of the city over the summer period.
Festival Internacional de Música Sefardí
Since 2002 the Festival Internacional de Música Sefardí or International Sephardi Music Festival has been held every year at the Guadalquivir waterside Botanical Garden of Córdoba. This week long festival was originally known as the Festival of the Spanish Jewish Network called “Sephardic Paths”.
The Semana Santa is a commemorative celebration of the Passion of Christ in which the people manifest their faith publicly. People around the nation celebrate this week with large processions with members of so called brotherhoods, bear adorned Jesus and Mary statues through the city’s streets.
Feria de Cordoba
The Feria de Cordoba or Cordoba Fair, is a fair that is held in Córdoba, Spain during the last week of May. Its official name is La Feria de Nuestra Señora de la Salud or The Fair of Our Lady of Health and it is held on the municipal El Arenal fairgrounds.
Cruces de Mayo
The Fiesta de las Cruces or Festival of the Crosses or Cruz de Mayo or May Cross is a holiday celebrated on the 3rd of May in many parts of Spain. It commemorates the crucifix on which Jesus was crucified and is believed to have its roots in the 4th century, when Constantine, son of Saint Helen, was helped in battle by a large cross.
Feria de los Patios de Córdoba
Feria de los Patios de Córdoba or The Patios Festival of Córdoba is a flower and patio festival celebrated during the second and third week of May in Córdoba, Spain. Many of Córdoba’s oldest houses in the historic center of town open their beautiful patios or courtyards to the public and compete in the patio contest.
Tours and Activities from Córdoba
Latest Blogs from Córdoba
Self-guided Walking Tour of Cordoba (with Maps!)
Cordoba is a great city to explore on foot as it’s not too big a city and has a lot of highlights which are just located close to each other. This Andalusian gem has a lot to offer when it comes to history, art and culture.
Córdoba's Spring Festivals!
Without a doubt, the best time of the year to visit Córdoba is in Spring when the city is in full festival mode. It all kicks off with a wine tasting festival at the end of April, comes into its own in May with the week-long Cordoba Fair, Festival of May Crosses, the Patio Festival and the Battle of the Flowers.
Visiting Cordoba's Patios
Every year, in the first half of May the Festival of the Courtyards or Patios is held in Cordoba. All the owners participating in the contest open up their courtyards for the public to visit.
Best Museums in Cordoba
The beautiful Andalusian city of Cordoba is home to some fascinating museums, taking an in-depth look at everything from bullfighting to the glory of 10th century Andalusia, and from flamenco to flowers. Here are some of our favorites.
Discovering Roman Cordoba
Though the grand remnants of Moorish and Christian rule are most visible in Córdoba, this Andalucian city was once an important Roman stronghold called Corduba. Corduba was founded by General Claudio Marcelo between the years 169 BC and 152 BC as the capital of the Roman province Hispania Ulterior or Hispania – The Far.
16 Best Things to Do in Córdoba, Spain
Boasting a fascinating history, in the 10th century Cordoba was the largest capital city in Europe, surpassing Paris and Rome in its academic, architectural, and artistic achievements. It was the capital of the Caliphate of Córdoba, which for several hundred years controlled much of the Iberian peninsula.