How to visit Cordoba in 1, 2 or 3 days? Cordoba is the third largest city in Andalusia, after Seville and Malaga. Rich in history and culture, Cordoba is one of the essential places to visit in Andalusia. The visit to the Mosque-Cathedral must absolutely be part of the discovery of Cordoba, but that’s not all! So, let’s find out what to do in Cordoba to fully enjoy your trip: here we go!
- Best things to do in Cordoba 🤩
- Visit of the Mosque-Cathedral 🎟
- Discover Cordoba differently 🌺
- Visit the Alcazar of the Christian Kings of Cordoba ⛲️
- Best areas 📍
- Nica places to eat in Cordoba 😋
- How to get to Cordoba from Seville or Granada? 🚆
- What to see in Andalusia? 🇪🇸
1. Best things to do in Cordoba
If you want to visit Córdoba, here are our TOP 5 must-do things to do (more detailed information further down in this blog post).
- Visit the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba
- Stroll through the streets of La Juderia neighborhood
- Discover the flower patios of Cordoba
- Visit the Alcazar of the Christian Kings of Cordoba
- Walk the Roman Bridge of Cordoba and the banks of the Guadalquivir River
- Take a relaxing break in a magnificent hammam (check prices and availability here)
How long to visit Cordoba? You can visit Cordoba in 1 day by discovering the bare minimum, that is to say the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba and a few streets of the La Juderia district. If you are short on time, it is therefore largely possible. For example, you can arrive in the morning by train from Seville, and leave in the evening for Granada (see more information further down in the article). However, the visit in one day can be really very short and too fast. To visit Cordoba, the best is to stay here 2 days, or even 3 days. Thus, we have time to enjoy the beauty and calm of this magnificent Andalusian city more serenely.
Good to know! If you only stay in Cordoba for a day, a guided tour of the Mosque-Cathedral and the historic center of Cordoba can be an excellent solution to visit Cordoba in limited time. For example, this guided tour allows you to discover the essentials of Cordoba in 2h30: Guided tour in English Mosque-Cathedral + La Juderia.
2. Free or guided visit of the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba
What a story! When visiting the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, you will discover its incredible history. In short, this place, initially, was a Roman temple, then a Christian basilica, then a mosque, then a cathedral. Today, the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba bears the official canonical name of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, but it is also known as the Great Mosque of Cordoba, or even the Mezquita of Cordoba.
Unique architecture in the world. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba will amaze you with its architecture which still testifies today to the history of the region through the centuries.
How to visit the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba? You can take a visit without guide (prices for the skip-the-line tickets), or discover this splendid monument during a guided tour (little more for a guided tour in English). The guided tour of the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is recommended to fully discover the history of the place and understand its architecture, but also to avoid waiting. On site, you can also climb the bell tower (full price: 2 euros), to discover a beautiful panorama of the city of Cordoba and its surroundings.
Guided tour of the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba. Although the guided tour costs more than the free visit, it allows you to better grasp and understand what you see during the visit. Find more details here: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour of the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba.
3. Visit Córdoba differently: discover the flowery patios of Córdoba
What else to do in Cordoba? Cordoba is not just its Mosque-Cathedral, it is also its pretty flowery patios! Competitions are even organized to choose the most beautiful and remarkable patios. So, to visit Cordoba differently, nothing better than discovering its flowery patios!
You can venture into the alleys of Cordoba and try to locate the patios, or let yourself be guided (for exemple: walking tour and in English of the patios of Cordoba for 15 euros). It is in the San Basilio district, one of the central districts of Cordoba, that we find the most beautiful patios in the city (more information on the districts below). The discovery of the patios is therefore an excellent opportunity to visit Cordoba on foot, and at the same time, to see its little hidden corners!
4. Free or guided visit of the Alcazar of the Christian Kings of Cordoba
Less known than other palaces in Andalusia, the Alcazar of the Christian Kings is another notable monument in the city of Cordoba. It is a fortress, a palace and the gardens of Catholic monarchs. The Alcazar of Cordoba is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. You can visit the Alcazar of Cordoba with a guide: skip-the-line tickets + visit in English or another language.
How long? The visit to the Alcazar of Cordoba takes at least 1 hour. If you are going to visit Cordoba in 2 or 3 days, you can consider visiting the Alcazar of the Christian Kings. Otherwise, you will certainly have run out of time, unless you take a 4-hour guided tour (check prices and availability here), grouping together the main places to visit and including the Synagogue of Cordoba in addition to the Alcazar and the Mosque-Cathedral.
5. Best areas and hotels in Córdoba
The best neighborhoods to stay in Cordoba are:
- La Juderia: the area where the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is located. In addition to being a good neighborhood to stay in Cordoba, the Juderia is also a neighborhood to visit.
- San Basilo: quieter district, but still central where you can discover the most charming patios of Cordoba!
- San Pedro: central district, but less touristy.
- Other areas of the city are not necessarily interesting (like, for example, the Miraflores district), find out more in the blog post: Where to stay in Cordoba?
Among the best places to stay in Cordoba we have found:
Hotel Boutique Caireles: an open and direct view of the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba! What more could you ask for to keep unforgettable memories of your discovery of Cordoba?
Eurostars Conquistador: right in front of the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, with a traditional Andalusian patio, this hotel will leave you with great memories of your stay in Cordoba.
6. Nice places to eat in Cordoba
It’s time to discover the best places to eat in Cordoba! Here they are! Click to open in Google Maps.
Restaurante El Rincon De Carmen (C. Romero, 4): a charming and calm place where you can have a great time as a couple! On the menu, grills and tapas.
Taberna Patio de la Judería (C. Conde y Luque, 6): a very good place to eat in Cordoba and enjoy Andalusian music at the same time. The setting is rather traditional. It is better to book in advance to enjoy the Flamenco show and be well placed.
Bodegas Mezquita (Pl. Cruz del Rastro, 2): a good restaurant to discover Andalusian cuisine and where to eat in Cordoba!
7. How to visit Cordoba from Seville or Granada?
You can visit Cordoba from Seville or Granada by car, during a road trip in Andalusia, but also by train or bus. If you want to visit Andalusia, and do not want to take the car, the train can be a very good option.
Visit Cordoba from Seville. Cordoba is 140km from Seville. In order to visit Cordoba from Seville, you can take the train (only 50 minutes journey), or rent a car (plan between 1h40 and 2h journey).
Visit Cordoba from Granada. Cordoba is located 200km from Granada. The most practical is the train, it allows you to reach Cordoba from Granada in 1h40. You can also rent a car, or take the bus (2h30-3h journey to plan).
8. What to see in Andalusia?
Andalusia is one of the most beautiful regions of Spain. And above all, a region with a rich historical heritage and architectural heritage! So, what can you visit in Andalusia, besides Cordoba?
- Seville (more in the blog post: What to do in Seville?)
- Granada (more in the blog post: How to visit Granada?)
- Jaén, its castle and nearby towns such as Baeze and Úbeda
- Malaga (see our blog post about Malaga)
- El Caminito del Rey hiking trail (60km from Malaga): 5h tour with an English-speaking guide from Malaga
- Many more destinations!
Why visit Cordoba? Far from the seaside resorts on the coast, Cordoba is a calm and gentle city, rich in history and culture. It is clearly one of the cities to visit absolutely during a trip to Andalusia, just like cities such as Granada or Seville.