Settling In For A Relaxing Stay In Córdoba
We had a great 4 days when we visited Seville and looked forward to a relaxing stay in Córdoba. It was an easy and short train ride. We travelled in Spain before by train and it was one of our favourite ways to get around.
Arriving at mid-day there were lots of taxis available. The pickup fee at the train station was significantly less than an airport pickup.
A Hotel Within The Walled City
We picked the NH Collection Amistad Hotel on the internet based on reviews. It was part of our search for a European hotel chain build loyalty points with. The NH Hotels in Seville and for our stay in old town Córdoba gave us our first view of the NH Collection brand.
The offline map app showed that it was a short drive from the train station to the hotel. But when we just looked at the map it did not really show where the hotel was located. Our first clue was when we made a sharp turn and dodged the horse and carriages on the narrow street. We went through the arch and entered the walled city. At one point we were sure the cab driver needed to pull in his mirrors! It reminded us of our recent drive into the walled town of Obidos in Portugal.
We arrived at the open court in front of the hotel. When we walked out the back door of the hotel, we actually walked out through the wall!
We had a few issues with the first room assigned and were delighted when we got upgraded to a suite. This let us spread out for our relaxing stop in Córdoba.
The weather forecast called for temperatures around 40℃ (104℉). So we got out early in the day, moved slowly and took much needed siesta breaks in the afternoon!
Enjoying The Sights In The Old City of Córdoba
The old town of Córdoba was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There were a couple of “must see” items on the list for our relaxing stay in Córdoba. We started our exploration of Córdoba at the Alcazar. This palace with vast gardens was a great introduction to the varied history of Córdoba.
We spread our visit to the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba over two days. One day we walked around the outside. And then early the next morning we came back and saw the inside. This site changed hands several times in its history. The result was a fascinating mix of Christian and Islamic decoration and architectural design.
Staying inside the walls let us easily explore the other sites that the old town of Córdoba offered at our pace and timing. A visit the the old Synagogue provided another religious view of Cordoba. We visited a small Bull Fighting Museum (Museo Taurino) and got a glimpse of a classic Andalusian experience. A walk around the Los Baños Del Alcazar Califal provided yet another view of the bath tradition. We then tried out own experience with a spa visit to a hammam in Cordoba.
Walking Around Córdoba
Early in the morning and evening we explored Córdoba. The houses and balconies were decorative and colourful.
As we found on our visit to Seville, there were horse and carriages in key strategic spots around the old town.
Córdoba was another southern Spanish city with lots of tree covered walking paths, benches in the shade and fountains. As we found on our visit to Seville, many of the trees were filled with ripe oranges. We often moved at a slow pace from shade to shade and stopped for a peaceful break.
We were not surprised when we went home with several decorative fans. They sure worked to keep us cool!
Art Around The City
We were delighted when we found coloured tile work as we walked in Cordoba. It reminded us of the beautiful tile are we found in Porto, Portugal.
Statues we found recognized people important in the history of Córdoba. Other statues were more fun. And we were delighted when we found the whimsical Manuel Garrido Moreno statue that decorated the wall with flowers.
Enjoying Andalusian Experiences On A Relaxing Stay In Córdoba
Great Food And Drink In Córdoba
We started our day with mimosas! One of the things we found fascinating in both Portugal and Spain was the breakfast buffets with champagne and orange juice.
As Canadians, we really did not deal well with dinners that started well after 8pm. We often had a large lunch in a nice spot. And then a picnic in our room or hotel patio for dinner. The one thing that saved us was tapas! Tapas were available most of the day. We loved ordering a mix of tapas to share. And there was always seafood on the menu!
And we often finished our day with gelato. The hot temperatures we found in Spain meant that gelato was always the favourite way to cool down! The chocolate gelato we found in Spain was dark and tasty. But if David needed more chocolate, there was always churros! A visit to the iconic Chocolateria San Gines was definitively on our plans when we visited Madrid for chocolate and churros.
We Enjoyed Our Relaxing Stay in Córdoba
We got our first taste of the Moorish history of Spain when we visited Granada. Four days in Seville gave us yet a greater appreciation. Our final stop in Córdoba rounded out our exploration of the history of occupation in the Andalusia area.
For four days in Córdoba we moved at a slow pace and still saw all the sights we targeted. We took time out to enjoy some Andalusian experiences. An afternoon at the Hammam ensured it was a relaxing stay in Córdoba.
Have you enjoyed a relaxing stay in Córdoba? What did you find most fascinating?
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