Sculpture celebrating the courtyards of Cordoba

7-day tour of Andalusia

Are you planning a trip to southern Spain for your next holiday? Perhaps you’re wondering what would be the best route? Andalusia is the country’s second largest region –about 600 kilometres from one end to the other– so we recommend at least a week if you want to visit its best-known towns. 

Get ready to see stunning white-washed villages, stroll through palaces of Islamic architecture, climb to the tops of cathedrals and fortresses, discover settings from “Game of Thrones” and “Star Wars”, experience the passion of flamenco, try tapas and sherries, and meet people who enjoy life perhaps more than anywhere else on earth. To travel at your own pace, your best bet is to hire a car. An exciting week is waiting for you!

Cordoba

  • 1 Malaga
  • 2 Ronda
  • 3 Jerez de la Frontera
  • 4 Cadiz
  • 5 Seville
  • 6 Cordoba
  • 7 The Alhambra in Granada
  • 8 Rest of the city of Granada

It’s 140 kilometres from Seville to Cordoba, another essential Andalusian city thanks to its settings and architecture, not least the Great Mosque.

In a forest of columns

Of course, you have to begin a day in Cordoba by crossing the Roman bridge and visiting the interior of the Great Mosque, the most important Islamic building in western Europe. Wandering through its hundreds of red and white columns and arches until you emerge in the lovely Orange Tree Courtyard is a unique experience. You are inside one of the most amazing works of art in history. There is also a night-time tour available, called “The Soul of Cordoba”.From here you can move on to the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, a fortress with large gardens which are a delight to stroll around and listen to the murmur of the fountains, and which you can also visit at night in the experience “Magical Nights in the Alcázar”.A good idea for lunch is to visit one of the city’s traditional tabernas and try local dishes like salmorejo, flamenquín and rabo de toro. There are plenty to choose from on Plaza de Tendillas or Plaza de la Corredera, for example.

An afternoon in the Jewish quarter and among flowers

Take your time exploring the maze of streets of the Jewish quarter and the Synagogue, the Sephardic museum and Plaza Tiberíades. And of course, if you’re in Cordoba you must see its famous courtyards full of flowering potted plants and simply enjoy the fragrances and colours. The best time is in May, during the Courtyards Festival, although actually many can be visited at any time of year.

Cordoba by night

To end the day with relaxation, you could visit one of the city’s famous Arab baths. And as night falls, the equestrian show “Passion and Spirit of the Andalusian Horse” is performed in the Caballerizas Reales de Córdoba every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


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