Vacationing in Córdoba, Spain - A Travel Guide
Visiting Córdoba, A City of History and Mystery
Ay, so you're planning a vacation in Córdoba, Spain. Córdoba is rich in history and architecure, with influences from the Romans, the Moors, and Spaniards. It's inspired passionate poetry and art, from some of the greatest Spanish minds.
Canción de jinete
Lejana y sola.
Jaca negra, luna grande,
y aceitunas en mi alforja.
Aunque sepa los caminos
yo nunca llegaré a Córdoba.
Por el llano, por el viento,
jaca negra, luna roja.
La muerte me está mirando
desde las torres de Córdoba.
¡Ay que camino tan largo!
¡Ay mi jaca valerosa!
¡Ay que la muerte me espera,
antes de llegar a Córdoba!
Lejana y sola.
-Por Federico Garcia Lorca
Córdoba Tourist Attractions
There's a lot for a pardner to visit in Córdoba. Like I said earlier, it's been a Roman province capital, a Moorish stronghold, and has a rich Spanish history to boot. Some of the places you'll want to visit in Córdoba are...
La Mezquita de Córdoba
La Mezquita is a former Moorish Mosque in the heart of Córdoba. Come look at centuries old Moorish architecture with columns dating back to the Roman era! It was originally begun as a by the Visigoths as a Christian Church in the 600's, but was converted to a Mosque by the Moors. After the Spanish Reconquista it has returned to it's former role as a church and is still in use today.
Puente Romano at Night
Alcázar of the Christian Kings
La Alcázar of the Christian Kings (Alcázar des los Reyes Cristianos) is a Spanish palace/fortress built by King Alfonso XI in the 14th century. It houses beautiful Roman art and beautiful Arabian gardens outside. Again you'll notice some beautiful Moor-inspired Spanish architecture and will experience some of Córdoba's rich cultural history.
Puente Romano - Roman Bridge
The Puente Romano is a Roman bridge over the Gualquivir River. It was built sometime during the first century A.D. and is a remarkable Roman feat of engineering that is still in use today, nearly 2000 years later.
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Plaza Mayor and City Center
The central Plaza Mayor and central Córdoba are home to a variety of shops, museums, and Córdoba's town all. All of which are excellent places to visit on your Córdoba vacation. The town hall is even built in the remains of an ancient Roman temple!
Spain has some excellent offerings in the way of food, and here's what you should definitely not miss on your visit to Córdoba.
Paella is Spain's signature dish. A rich mix of seafood and rice, with some saffron seasoning added for good measure. Paella is a delicious Spanish dish that you will definitely want to try on your Córdoba travels.
Some other Spanish dishes you may want to try are los albondigas, gazpacho, and arroz con leche.
Visiting Córdoba On Your Vacation To Spain
So next time you decide to spend your vacation in Spain, be sure to visit the wonderful city of Córdoba. Córdoba emanates history and culture and it's historic tourist attractions will leave you awed. In Córdoba you can see the mixtures of very different cultures - Romans, Visigoths, Moors, and Spaniards have all called Córdoba home. Visit Córdoba and you won't be dissapointed.
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