After spending the first part of Christmas in my hometown, it was time to meet my boyfriend and his crew to explore southern Spain. Our initial destination was beautiful Córdoba!
- On our way from Madrid to Córdoba, we stopped at Hotel La Perdiz (in La Carolina, province of Jaén). This is a great place for a quick snack before hitting the road again.
- Taberna Puerta Sevilla: this is where we had lunch as soon as we arrived to Córdoba. Since it was a sunny warm day in the city (welcome to Southern Spain, y’all), we ate in the terrace outside but they also had a beautiful restaurant with a patio inside. We asked for the typical food from Córdoba (salmorejo , flamenquines, berenjenas con miel) along with some rabas and God knows what else.
- Bodegas Campos: originally, we were supposed to have lunch at this more traditional restaurant but given the short time we had upon arrival to Córdoba, we had to skip it. Hopefully next time!
–Tips for the Mosque:
- Plan to buy your tickets in advance! The information on the various tickets and opening hours can be found here. By the way, we bought the standard ticket to visit the Mosque only but apparently including the Bell Tower and/or the Fernandine churches are great options too.
- I would suggest you visit as early as possible to avoid the crowds. We entered the monument at 15h30 and there were just too many people. Getting a shot standing alone in the Mosque was almost mission impossible!
- Last but not least, Córdoba gets VERY hot in the summer months (July-August), so consider visiting some other time of the year if possible.
–Note to myself for the next visit: allow sufficient time to wander around the streets of Córdoba, enjoy some folklore at a tablao flamenco and stop by the Roman bridge, the Alcázar and the nearby archaeological site of Medina Azahara.