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Day Trip to Cordoba
Cordoba is one hour and 50 minutes from Madrid by AVE and it is worth seeing. One can go in the morning and return in the late afternoon. This is for those who have no time to go to Andalusia.
One can buy Renfe Tickets Online using this procedure:
Choose AVE or AVANT tickets. The AVE station in Cordoba is 0.8 km away from the Mezquita. So one can walk or take a taxi to save time.
Cordoba Highlights In One Day
This is a suggested itinerary to see the highlights of Cordoba in one day, for people who do not have much time. It is better to stay in the city for three days at least, but many do not have that time.
1. The Mezquita and Cathedral - The Moors built their mosque and it took 2 centuries to finish it. When the Christians conquered Cordoba, they built their Cathedral in the middle of the mosque. The continued use of the church has saved the mosque from destruction, especially during the time of the inquisition.
The most important architectural feature of the Mezquita are the double horseshoe arches, made of jasper, onyx, marble, and granite. There are more than a thousand columns in the church and they seem to be a sea of arches and columns to the visitor. At one wall there is the mihrab, behind a fence, which is where the Moors faced and devoted their prayers. There are large Quranic verses on the walls in gold, which say "There is no conqueror except Allah".
It is recommended that you buy your tickets to visit this attraction online and weeks if not months before you go. There is only a set number of tour tickets available each day.
2. Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos - The Alcazar was where Queen Isabela and King Ferdinand stayed while they were finishing the siege of Granada. Columbus would visit the monarchs and try to convince them to fund his expedition to the Indies. The castle was built in 1328 at the command of King Alfonso XI, the Just. There are four towers in the castle. The building of the castle contains a magnificent Roman sarcophagus and the Mosaic Room, a meeting room which has elaborate Roman mosaics on the walls. The gardens of the Alcazar are some of the most beautiful gardens in Spain.
3. Roman Bridge - Close to the Cathedral is the Roman Bridge, one that is still used, although by pedestrians only. There is a small shrine and statue of St. Raphael in the middle of the bridge, done by the sculptor Bernabe Gomez del Rio in 1651, where the devout burn candles. The St. Raphael statue is now an icon of the city.
4. Jewish Quarter - The statue of the Moorish philosopher Maimonides is in a small square in the Jewish Quarter, an area downtown with narrow lanes and where the Patio Festival is held every May.
5. Palace of the Marquises of Viana - This is one of the biggest private palaces in Spain that can be seen by the public. There are 13 patios and the artwork and furniture in the palace is impressive.
6. Plaza Corredera -This is a plaza reminiscent of Castilla, and is the only one of its kind in Andalusia. The buildings around the plaza date from the late 17th century and the plaza has a very symmetrical look that adds to its beauty.
1. Bodegas Campos
Calle Los Lineros, 32
This restaurant is one of the best in Cordoba and was founded in 1908.
2. Caballo Rojo
Calle Cardenal Herrero, 28
Good food in a beautiful restaurant near the Mezquita.
3. Rincon de las Beatillas
Plaza de las Beatillas, 1
This restaurant features a typical Cordoba patio for its dining room. The food is traditional Cordobesa and is delicious. The restaurant is quite inexpensive and the service is very friendly.
Have a great trip!