Hotels in Cordoba
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Cordoba, historical charm and the scent of geraniums in bloom
The mixture of cultures, which has been preserved in the form of historic buildings of incalculable value, is what makes Cordoba stand out not only in Andalusia, but in the whole world. It is for good reason that almost the whole of its historic centre, the second largest in Europe, has been declared a World Heritage Site.
And the records continue: Cordoba has the third largest mosque in the world. It is also one of the most beautiful and undoubtedly one of the most special: it is also a cathedral and holds hundreds of secrets. Don't miss the unforgettable Patio de los Naranjos!
Another monument that recalls the strong Islamic presence in the city are the old Caliphate baths, which today still preserve several of their rooms and function as a museum. However, they no longer serve their original purpose: to immerse yourself in their essence, you can go to the new Arab baths, where you can relax in a magical setting.
Jewish culture also left its mark on Cordoba, leaving its most charming narrow streets: it is a pleasure to stroll along the Calleja de las Flores and the Calleja del Pañuelo, where you can visit the synagogue and the Casa de Sefarad. On your way under the sun, flooded by the scent of orange blossom, jasmine and geranium, you will come across monuments such as the medieval gate of the Calleja de la Luna, and you will be
enraptured by the beauty of the well-known Cordoban courtyards, which are spread throughout several of the city's neighbourhoods.
Hotels in Cordoba city: the perfect place from where to taste the delicious gastronomy of this land
As you will see, there is a lot to visit outdoors, so it is essential to book a stay in the most comfortable hotels in the city of Cordoba (Spain) to recharge your batteries after a day full of excitement. And considering how hot it has been since spring -in summer it is not unusual to exceed 36 degrees-, the ideal thing to do is to look for our hotels in Cordoba with a swimming pool to cool off during your trip and recharge your batteries to continue your walk refreshed.
Yes, because there is still more to see in this city of portentous beauty. We spoke earlier about the courtyards of Cordoba, considered Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The most prized are in the San Basilio neighbourhood, very close to the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos. There, in its Royal Stables, authentic Pure Breed Spanish horses are still being trained, a symbol as Andalusian as the colourful flowerpots and the murmur of water that have made these urban edens of freshness and colour famous.
And if you want to visit the 'museum of the courtyards', head for the Palacio de Viana: its 12 gardens form a beautiful route in which the different landscape styles that predominate in the historic quarter are represented.
There are also caves that will attract your attention, such as Los Murciélagos, one of the most important Neolithic sites in Andalusia. However, if you are interested in caves, you will love the Subbética Cordobesa Geopark, a unique environment of stone and waterfalls inhabited by griffon vultures, wild cats and golden eagles.
To the north of the park there are several trails that will immerse you in this unique landscape. The Vía Verde del Aceite greenway, an old railway line that runs from Jaén to Puente Genil through viaducts, viewpoints and tunnels, is one of the great favourites. To the south, the Iznájar reservoir where you can do water sports or relax on the beautiful inland beach of Valdearenas.
Further inland, the Sierra de Hornachuelos Natural Park will welcome you with its opulent biodiversity. The best way to discover it is to walk along the Guadalora path, a fascinating riverside forest with poplars, alders, willows and ash trees.
Another option is to visit at night, when the sky becomes a sea of shining stars. The hermitage of San Calixto, in Hornachuelos, is a perfect place to carry out this star sighting thanks to its minimal light pollution. Nearby is Almodóvar del Río, another of those picture postcard castle towns.
On your return to the city of Cordoba, don't miss Medina Azahara, the legendary palace-city that unveils its magnificence at the foot of the Sierra Morena.
You will return with a satisfied soul, and also with a stomach full of salmorejo, flamenquines, oxtail... After all, Cordoba is one of Spain's most delicious provinces for its cuisine, thanks to the unfailingly fresh produce that sprouts from its fertile fields.