Nothing says SPRING quite like Córdoba in May. Everything screamed ‘springtime’, from the battle of the patios to ubiquitous flower-laden crosses to hare krishna-inspired shrines. Plus, the fact that the whole month is booked for flower power-themed festivals. Thanks to last month’s labor day weekend, we got the perfect chance to visit this lovely Andalusian city in all its blooming glory.
PLACES OF INTEREST
PATIOS DEL ALCÁZAR VIEJO (Courtyards of Córdoba)
Every May, a handful of families open the doors of their homes to the public to flaunt their ‘flowerful’ patio gardens. Each with their own style and color scheme. Some don’t charge an entrance fee and just pass the hat while some ask for a ticket which are sold at a local shop in the San Basilio quarter. The ticket costs 7€, good for 7 participating patios (but I’ve read the price and number might change every year). The addresses are listed to provide a convenient route. All you’re left to do is walk to each house, perhaps get in line during prime time and be welcomed by friendly owners and locals.
San Basilio, 50
San Basilio, 40
San Basilio, 15
Martín de Roa, 7
Martín de Roa, 9
Martín de Roa, 2
La Barrera, 1
MEZQUITA-CATEDRAL DE CÓRDOBA (Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba)
The Mezquita is a staple attraction in Córdoba all year round. Whether you’re a Christian, a Muslim, a history buff, an architecture enthusiast or just a lover of those red-striped arches, a visit to this religious place is a must. A regular ticket will set you back 8€ and about 30 minutes in the queue.
PUENTE ROMANO (Roman bridge)
A wide pedestrian bridge just a few minutes away from the Mezquita. It was originally built by the Romans, hence the name, although was reconstructed throughout the centuries. It was too crowded to be romantic but with enough space to not jostle fellow tourists.
SINAGOGA (Synagogue) and JARDINES DE LA VICTORIA (Victoria Gardens)
We were time-poor and a day trip was all we could afford with our meager salaries so we hauled our asses to the bus station before nightfall. En route, we chanced upon a couple of delightful parks – Jardines de la Victoria and the one outside the Sinagoga. We stopped for a quick dose of nature and imbibed the beautiful scenery of the vivid green trees, reflective ponds and a wide assortment of flowers here and there.
WHERE TO EAT
Los Patios de La Marquesa
Apparently, food courts are not a thing here in Spain. I actually had to explain to my boyfriend how it works. This concept is great for couples and groups who can’t agree on what to eat. There’s a central seating area with the food vendors surrounding it. You choose what you want to eat, pay the cashier and get back to your table – the works, but with a Córdobes spin. It’s divided into patio-inspired sections of food stations – rice dishes, seafood, bocadillos, Arabic, steaks and so on.
We stumbled upon a more sophisticated food court near Jardines de la Victoria while we were looking for a quick bite to eat. It’s branded as a gourmet food market with food stalls varying from wine and cheese to gourmet pizza to sushi and sashimi. By the look of it, it’s quite a happening place since there’s a DJ at 5pm in the afternoon with a considerable number of party animals dancing with a drink in their hands.
- The city is well-communicated with public transportation via bus and trains. The most convenient way to get to Córdoba is by the AVE high-speed train. You can also head here by bus or Blablacar for a lower price.
- You can get from one point to another by urbano buses. A regular single-use ticket is 1,30€ but for longer stays, there are abonos (passes) if you want to save a little.
- Some sites are not that far from each other so you need not work up a sweat going by foot.
Whether your wandering feet seek for a spring fling or a historical-cultural excursion, you should pray to the travel gods to take you to Córdoba.