Renowned for its patios and mezquita, Córdoba is one of the most historic and beautiful cities in Spain. It combines the elegance and style of Arab and architecture and culture with the brazen boldness of the Catholic monarchs, a juxtaposition perfectly emphasised in the mezquita catedral, the ‘mosque cathedral’. Located in the centre of Andalusia, Córdoba is easily accessible and an essential visit during your time in Spain. This student travel guide to Córdoba lists all the best sights in this incredible city.
Puento romano de Córdoba / Córdoba Roman bridge
The ancient Roman bridge spans the flowing Guadalquivir, connecting the historic old town with the south of the city. This is the perfect spot to take some memorable photos of the old town with the river in the foreground. To enter the old town, you pass under the intricate Puerta del Puente, which offers a flavour of what the rest of the city has to offer.
Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba / Córdoba Mosque-Cathedral
The Mezquita-Catedral offers the perfect blend of Arab and Catholic culture, demonstrating the tumultuous history of Andalusia. The Mezquita consists of a traditional Arab mosque, complete with the key-shaped door and distinctive columns. However, following the reconquista of Andalusia by the reyes cátolicos, the centre of the mosque was replaced with a towering cathedral. Additionally, the mezquita is decorated with brazen and gaudy Catholic sculptures and idols.
The mezquita is a must-see on your visit to Córdoba. Tickets cost 11€, or 9€ with a student card, and can be purchased here.
Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs / Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos
Located a short distance from the Mezquita, on the banks of the Guadalquivir, the Alcazar is one several historic residences of the Catholic Monarchs located across Andalusia.
During your visit to the Alcazar you can take in incredible views of the city from the Torre del Homenaje, explore the museum of Roman relics, and stroll along the tree-lined banks of the refreshing baths.
Tickets cost 4.50€, or 2.25€ with a valid student card, and can be purchased here.
Los Patios cordobeses
Córdoba is famed for its floral displays, and every May it hosts the Festival de los Patios cordobeses, an Andalusian take on the classic in-bloom contest, where residents of the city’s old town compete for the prestigious best patio award. These gardens are maintained throughout the year, and most can be visited for free.
Calleja de las Flores
Sticking to the floral theme, Calleja de las Flores is a narrow alley of enchanting white buildings covered floor to roof in flower pots of all shapes and sizes. It is easily one of the most Instagramable spots in Córdoba, and offers many hidden delights.
Plaza de la Corredera
If you want to get away from the typical touristy sights and blend in with the locals for a while, head to Plaza de la Corredera, just east of the city centre.
A vibrant hub of cafes and bars, this is a popular hangout for students and local residents. Enjoy a cafe con leche or cerveza in the shade of the captivating red and white arches that circle the square.
Perhaps the quickest attraction to visit in Córdoba, you’ll be in and out of this ancient synagogue in around 5 minutes. While it is different in every way to the imposing and elegant Mezquita, the single room of Córdoba’s ancient synagogue offers one of the most raw, stripped-back insights in the history of the city and its people.
Entry is free and no booking is required, however you will likely have to queue for a short while at certain times.
This concludes this student travel guide to Córdoba and its sights. Enjoy your visit, and remember there are plenty of hidden secrets and mysteries in this city that we’ll let you discover for yourself!