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Perfect 1-Day Córdoba Itinerary

Have you heard of Cordoba? I’m not surprised if you haven’t. Many people think of Madrid, Barcelona or Seville when they think of Spain. Maybe even Málaga for its beautiful beach. For those of you who have heard of Córdoba before, it’s probably for the gorgeous architecture, and you’ve certainly heard right. But there is so much more to this gorgeous city.

So, if you’re planning a trip to Madrid or Seville, I highly recommend you book a day trip to Córdoba. After spending a week in Córdoba, I created the perfect day trip itinerary for you. Keep reading to learn about all the gorgeous architecture plus some other gems this city has to offer.

This is what the perfect day in Córdoba looks like

Mezquita
Roman Bridge
Sojo Ribera
Calle de Las Flores
Palacio de Viana
Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

Start your day early and avoid the long lines at the top tourist destinations. Stop by at a cafe, grab some breakfast, because you’re about to have a long day!

Mezquita

This cathedral is the center of the city. The place most people think of when they hear about Córdoba. When you google Córdoba, images of this cathedral will be the first few to show up and rightfully so. Just look at how gorgeous and massive it is! It’s called Mezquita because it actually was originally a mosque. That’s the beauty of it. When you see it, especially from the outside, you’ll notice the Moorish architecture.

Cordoba Mezquita Exterior

When you walk inside, you’ll see the Roman columns and Gothic structures. The Roman structures were actually there from the beginning. When it was transitioned from a church to a mosque, they incorporated the columns into their design and added mosaics and moorish tiles. It was then taken over again by Christians and again, redesigned while keeping the original architecture in tact. This created a beautiful mixture of Roman and Moorish architecture all in one place. Truly something special.

Cordoba Mezquita Interior

Tip: Entrance is 10and you can skip the long line and buy your ticket at the kiosks. Exact change isn’t required, so not sure why more people don’t take advantage of the ticketing system.

Roman Bridge

Right down the road near Mezquita, you’ll find the Roman Bridge of Córdoba. This was also built by the Romans in the early 1st century BC but reconstructed various times ever since. The Muslims added the 16 arcades, which make it as iconic as it looks today. Walk over the bridge and enjoy some locals selling artifacts and some locals playing some music. Across the bridge, you’ll see the Calahorra Tower. They have a tour to go inside, but personally, we didn’t think it was worth it. There is a gorgeous park that you should definitely walk down. Head west to the other bridge and walk back to the other side on this one. It’ll lead you to a fun surprise!

Cordoba Roman Bridge

City Views at Sojo Ribera

While you’re walking across the bridge, you’ll notice a few rooftops with a bunch of people on them. If you’re like me, you love a good rooftop with incredible views too, so hop on over to Sojo Ribera, take the elevator up. You’ll feel like you just left the medieval times and walked into the NYC club scene. Grab a drink at one of the three bars and head straight for the balcony to secure your spot. Take in the views while you sip on your cocktail!

Cordoba Views

Calle de Las Flores

Aside from Mezquite, the second thing you’ve probably seen all over the internet when you research Córdoba is this street. The narrow alley with the blue pots and pink flowers. It’s a great photo op but pretty touristy so it may be crowded. I actually walked a little way away and took a picture of this lady statue instead!

Cordoba Flower Girl

Palacio de Viana

Andalucia is known for its gorgeous floral patios. I totally snuck into some while walking around just to see a few. But if you don’t want to trespass private property and it’s not the festival season, you can still see some gorgeous courtyards here at Palacio de Viana. Across the street from the entrance is a little restaurant with outdoor seating. Grab some wine and tapas here like we did!

Cordoba Palacio de Viana

Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

If you’re not familiar with Alcázars, they are Moorish castles or palaces built on Roman fortifications during Muslim rule in Spain and Portugal. Alcázars are in most Spain cities, the bigger ones being in Seville and Granada. If you’re headed to either of those cities, I wouldn’t spend time at the Alcázar here because its smaller and not as fascinating, but the gardens are absolutely gorgeous! So if you’re running short on time, check out the gardens, grab your pictures, then go find some food!

Cordoba Alcazar

The price is 4.50€ per person, totally worth it for these views!

Get lost in the city

Honestly, just walk around. Out of all the cities I’ve visited in Spain, Córdoba was by far the cutest, most quaint city I saw. It has the best little streets to get lost in!

Where to Stay

We stayed in this Airbnb. It was a bit further from the touristy destinations but right next to a great restaurant which was super convenient!

If you’ve never used Airbnb before, here’s a discount code for $40 off your first Airbnb stay and $15 off your first Airbnb experience!

Hotels are a great option if you want to be in the main tourist area, which I recommend for shorter stays. It can be a bit pricier so check out the rates for your dates on booking.com

Hostels are found here too! Great option if you’re a solo traveler and want to make the most out of each dollar you spend while traveling!

Know Before You Go

Best time to go to Cordoba
Perfect Length of Visit
How to get to Cordoba
Getting around
Currency
Important Spanish Phrases

Best time to go to Cordoba

September-April would be the best time to visit. I would avoid peak summer time because it is a landlocked city which can be very hot from May-August. We went in April and it was already hitting 80 degrees Fahrenheit!

Length of Visit

1 day is good if you want to see the major tourist destinations but 2 is recommended if you want to add some local favorites!

How to get to Cordoba

We took the high speed AVE train from Madrid which took about 2 hours.

You could also take the high speed train from Seville and travel north for about 45 minutes.

The high speed Renfe train costs about 30€ from Madrid or 15€ from Seville. You can check out train schedules and prices for your exact dates on the Renfe website.

Getting around Cordoba

Córdoba is a very compact city and easy to walk around in. In my opinion, the best way to really explore a city is to walk around and take it all in. However, if you have a difficult time walking long distances, there is a tourist city bus that is great for getting from one area to the other.

Currency in Cordoba

Córdoba uses the Euro and at the time of writing this post, the exchange rate to USD is .89€ Euro to $1USD. Which is almost 1:1 so that’s pretty good. Everything was really reasonably priced too! Wine & coffees are between 2-3€ per cup. Tapas are between 3-5€ each and our average dinners were about 25€ for the both of us which included a bottle of wine!

Important Spanish Phrases

Hola– Hello

Adiós– Bye

Gracias– Thank You

De Nada– No Problem

La Cuenta, por favor– Check, please

Buenos dias/tardes/noches– Good morning/afternoon/night

– Yes

No– No

Hola, me llamo…– Hello, my name is…

Cómo Ustéd?– How are you?

Bien– Good

Qué Tal– What’s up [Used as a greeting]

Para llevar– To go

Vale– Okay/Good

Cuánto Cuesta?– How much?

A Donde…. – Where is…

Yo no comprendo– I don’t understand

Lo siento– I’m sorry


Well, that’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed exploring this beautiful city. If you’re planning a trip to Spain, you may also want to check out the Perfect 3-day Barcelona Itinerary or the Perfect 2-day Madrid Itinerary

If you’ve been to Córdoba and have any other recommendations or suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!

As always, if you have any questions, leave them in the comments below and I’d love to help you plan your trip!

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4 Comments

  • Arun

    I heard the name of city first time today. This city is a hidden wonderland. Can’t stop looking at it’s beautiful courtyards. And the cathedral looks so pious and perfect. I am going to visit this city someday.

  • Blairvillanueva

    Yes, this is the first time I hear about Cordoba and it looks stunning! No more Madrid, and better switching to this beauty.

  • Anagha

    I love those Cathedral architecture. It’s so amazing. I want to go there. I also like those blue pots neat and attractive. Good information about the daily language we can use to speak there.

  • Gill Trotman

    In aw of your images! Thank you for sharing your experience and providing some travel tips! Traveling to Spain is still on my bucket list but I’m hoping to check it off soon!

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