We have written quite a few articles on backpacking and where backpackers should venture out to. Have you experienced backpacking in Córdoba Spain? While there are many backpacking destinations worldwide, Cordoba, Spain is one of those unique places to visit with a rich history that is not to be understated.
Here are 10 best places to backpack in Córdoba Spain
Medina Azahara – Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra
Exploring Median Azahara whose literal meaning is the shining city will take you back to the pre-historic Muslim era. It was the capital and administrative center of the city in the medieval era. It was built from 936-940. Your tour through this magnificent and ancient building will take you through the gardens and the palace. The interior has food and ceramic remains on exhibit. The construction of the palace continued years after with a different plan from the original design.
Three gardens are found here. The Prince’s Garden found on the upper floor balcony. This garden was used by the rich and powerful who visited the palace. The Islamic gardens found on the two lower balconies. Also, Salon Rico can be found in the middle of the palace leading to the reception hall.
The gardens too have a pavilion that has four pools in the middle. The tour will immerse you in the kind of lifestyle the rich and powerful lived in the palace. Everything about this palace is simply charming.
Mosque-Cathedral Of Córdoba
A tour of this magnificent dual religious site will take you about one and a half hours to two hours. It takes the title of being the largest temple and mosque in the world. It is made of different building materials from marble, granite, and jasper. From drop-dead gorgeous interior views, a preview of how it was in the primeval times, the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba is one of the most picturesque buildings in Córdoba.
If you are visiting the Mosque-Cathedral, the Belltower is a must-visit. It was re-opened to the public in 2014 and you can get to climb it and view the beautiful surroundings. The Mosque has certain rules that guests are asked to observe upon arriving. The admission fee is 10 Euros. However, if you happen to visit the Mosque from Monday to Saturday from 8.30 am to 9.30 am, admission is free for this hour.
Torre De Calahorra
A walking tour awaits you at the Torre De Clahorra. In the museum, you will come across a system of wireless headphones where you will get a recreation of the Al-Andalus culture. You will experience everything to do with this culture from science, architecture, and music.
There are private tours available that go deeper than just sightseeing. From the tours you will experience the history of Cordoba through the eyes of an expert halal-certified guide and this tour will include a much needed cultural experience of Halal-friendly lunch and a cup of tea afterward at the nearby Andalusian Tea Shop.
Roman Temple Of Córdoba
This is one of the most remarkable buildings in Cordoba. They are ruins of a former Roman temple that influenced the culture of Cordoba over two thousand years ago. You will explore the altar and the entrance a reminder of the city during the Roman rule.
The temple consists of several massive pillars. A beautiful picturesque place. Here, you can also come back in the evening and witness the lit up columns and observe their stunning beauty. This is a public monument with no admission fee and can be viewed at any time of the day or night.
Plaza de las Tendillas
Plaza de las Tendillas should be your number one choice on a day tour when you just want to sit back, relax and savor the pleasures of the city. This is a pedestrian area where you will find cafes and restaurants.
Take a break and immerse yourself in the city’s culture by experiencing the locals and the food. You can also go shopping at one of the streets close by. At the center of the square, you will marvel at the Gran Captain sculpture; the Tendillas clock that contributes to the beauty of the entire square.
Puerta del Puente
With a long history and some of the most fascinating stories behind it, the Puerta del Puente is a monument that is a must-see. Puerta del Puente was one of the entrances to Cordoba when it was a walled city. Initially, the entrance had a statue, which is believed to be Venus the goddess of love.
The monument also has a public exhibition hall that showcases history through photos and written material. The photos can be viewed from a place called Mirador located at the topmost part of the monument. From here too you can see the entire view of the city.
One of the ancient cultures of Spanish is horse breeding. These stables were built in 1570 when King Felipe II ordered their construction to raise the Royal horses that belonged to the royal house. The stables were razed down by a fire in the 17th century. Later Fernando VII restored them and continued to breed the horses.
One of the things to do would be to visit the stables and experience Spanish culture as you watch ongoing training and then later attend a one hour show that is a mixture of horse and rider skills that is accompanied by Flamenco music and dance. The stables open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am.
Take an adventure tour and get trained for 5 Euros, here you will experience the combination of music, dance and horse coordination. There are evening shows available that you can come back later and experience a blend of different acts from horse riding, handwork and see the cowgirl fashion.
The Caliphal Baths are associated with ancient important rituals of the Muslim Faith. These baths are believed to have been built during the time Caliph Alhakem II ruled. It consisted of a couple of rooms that were created using stone blocks.
These baths were especially important for the rulers of the time. They were important aspects of ritual washing and personal hygiene that was of great importance to the lives of the Muslims at the time. The baths were constructed using decorative plastered work and floral designs.
A tour through the museum will take you back to the Caliph times and explain the relevance of the baths to the Islamic culture at the time. A tour through the audiovisual hall will continue to explain the relevance of the baths and the importance of preserving such monumental places. You can also visit one of the baths and get a guided tour through a ritual bath as it happened then. Admission to the Caliph Baths costs 2.50 Euros.
Bullfighting Museum Of Cordoba Spain
Another traditional culture of the Spanish is bullfighting. Ever since the 19th century, bullfighting has been part and parcel of the Cordoba culture. Even before the first bull ring was constructed, fights would happen at the Plaza la Correderra. Also, the legends of bullfighting of the ancient times are commemorated at this museum. They are known as the five caliphs who include Lagartijo, Guerrita, El Cordobés, Machaquito and Manolete who was tragically killed while performing his act at Linares.
Additionally, Cordoba has a museum dedicated to the sport. The museum is made of six halls that give a thorough insight into the bullfighting tradition. The information included here ranges from the full life of a bull, the actual art of bullfighting, the history of the sport and its origins in Cordoba and places where fights were originally held.
During the tour, you will also learn about famous personalities who took part in the art of bullfighting. You will also see the original photographs, outfits and personal artifacts of famous bullfighters.
Palacio de la Merced
If you want to experience the architecture of the 17th and 18th century then Palacio de la Merced is the place to go. The Baroque style building was built over two different centuries. It contains two parts that are separated by the church. The interiors contain some beautiful plasterwork. The Palace plays host to fascinating local and international expos. The church was gutted down by a fire a few years back and is currently under construction. Your tour will take you through interiors where you will see paintings and a depiction of the crucifixion.
You will enjoy Spain tourism through a guided tour of this place as then you will get the most out of the history of the building and the artifacts contained inside. The building is picturesquely allowing you to take selfies. The palace is free to enter and is opened from Monday to Friday from 7.30 am to 3 pm.
Finally, you can also tour The Inn at The Roman Forum. Located in a beautiful location that gives you a chance to see some beautiful landmarks of the city such as Campidoglio, Venice Square, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. This is such a unique residence as it plays host to Roman Ruins on the inside. The gallery on the inside has engravings from as far back as 2,000 years ago. You can also decide to spoil yourself and spend the night in one of the 5-star accommodations here.
One handy tip about your trip to Cordoba is not to take your tours on vehicles. Instead, take walking tours. The streets of the city are narrow and tricky to maneuver especially for a visitor.
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