Córdoba Travel Tips
On our way to Seville from Granada, we spent a mere 22 hours in Córdoba, Spain. While we wish we could have spent a little more time there, here are a few travel tips for Córdoba that we learned during our short, but wonderful, visit (including how to see the Mezquita for free).
Show up early to the Mezquita (and don’t buy tickets before!)
The Mezquita officially opens at 10am with a 10 euro entrance fee, but you can get in for free from 8:30-9:30 from Monday - Saturday.
Scout out the patios near the Alcázar
There are some incredible courtyards that are owned and maintained by local residents living on and around Calle Di San Basilio. While the May patio festival brings in the mobs, you can still view many of the nicest courtyards year-round if you stroll down these streets. It may feel a bit awkward, but feel free to peek through any open doors into the courtyards. One proud homeowner even gave us a brief tour of their patio.
Skip the Alcázar
Nothing like the Alcázar of Seville, the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos was a bit of disappointment. Not only is it overrated, but it’s often busy as well, given its close proximity to the Mezquita and other attractions in Córdoba. If you do go, entrance is free on Thursdays from noon until 2:30pm.
We weren’t able to find many hidden gems in Córdoba restaurant-wise. That said though, all the food was good. Bodegas Mezquita, despite its obvious touristy name and location, had great food. Córdoba is also home to a (relatively) inexpensive Michelin Star restaurant right on the center called Casa Pepe de la Juderia.
Stay in a Convent
Again, while our visit was brief we had a great stay at El Antigo Convento. The former convent feels like a home, with a beautiful courtyard in the middle, accommodating staff that are willing to answer any and all questions and free coffee in the afternoon.