Thing To Do In Cordoba-Granada,Spain

Explore the Best Things to Do in Cordoba-Granada, Spain

Things To Do In Cordoba-Granada, Spain: you will need a few days to visit.


These two beautiful cities offer a plethora of attractions and historical sites that will leave you mesmerized. Cordoba is known for its stunning Mosque-Cathedral, one of the most visited attractions in Spain, and the charming Jewish Quarter, a labyrinth of narrow streets, white-washed houses, and colorful patios.


In contrast, Granada is famous for the magnificent Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Spain’s most iconic landmarks. Moreover, the city’s Albayzin neighbourhood is perfect for exploring the city’s Moorish past.


Additionally, both cities offer delightful food experiences, trendy cafes, and exceptional shopping opportunities. So whether you are interested in history, architecture, culture, or food, Cordoba and Granada will exceed your expectations and provide unforgettable memories.



Alcazar de Los Reyes Cristiano

This marvellous royal compound has had a long and complicated history.
The gardens, courtyards, baths, and the largest library in Western Europe were all added.


After Córdoba fell to Christian forces in the 13th century, it became a palace and the seat of the Castilian Royal Court. Later, it was the headquarters of the Inquisition for three centuries.

As you can tell, there’s a lot to discover! The gardens alone sprawl across 55,000 square meters and were originally fed by the great Albolafia waterwheel, which helped channel water from the Guadalquivir River.


The beautiful ornamental gardens and fountain are well worth the entrance fee. Terrific Roman mosaics are on display, and the towers over Cordoba City offer excellent views.

Do climb up if you can for some magnificent views.

It is an ideal photo opportunity when there are not too many people.

El Zoco in Jewish Quarter 

We stumbled across El Zoco while walking in the Jewish Quarter. The city’s Jewish Quarter is north and west of the Grand Mosque, and it retains the street plan it had as a ghetto hundreds of years ago.


The little alley leads into the courtyard—it’s definitely worth a look. El Zoco is small but very interesting.

Many artisans both display and create their works in this place. Other studios had more leather goods, such as ceramics, tiles, jewelry and accessories, silver, and bags, from fans to leather.


I love the geraniums and wall-flowers on the white patio. In the 21st century, it’s quite a posh part of the city, home to the Calleja de las Flores (little street of flowers), and true to its name, it’s fragrant and colourful at any time of year.

The other reason to stop here is the traditional patio-style courtyard. Cordoba is famous for its patios. The arched passageways of the upper balcony levels are wrapped around all four sides of the cobbled courtyard. 


There’s a garden pond, and the whitewashed walls are covered in blue hanging pots of flowers with splashes of geranium colour.

 Plaza de la Corredera

After walking through Córdoba’s exotic ruins and the old city, here’s a reminder that you’re still in Spain.
This plaza reminded me of Plaza Mayor in Madrid in some ways. It’s a huge rectangular space, surrounded by 4 storied buildings.

 At ground level, the square is bordered on all four sides by a series of uniform arches and covered galleries or arcades in faded red and yellow.


This quadrangular enclosed square is one of the biggest in Andalusia and also unusual for this region. Beneath the beautiful arcades, there are several tapas bars and cafés for relaxation and cooling off. Excellent lunch.

A few market stalls were selling antique-like odds and ends and some fun straw bags.


For many years the city’s bullfights were held right here and then it was the site of the city’s food market. Now it’s a very nice meeting point and where cultural events are held.


At one end, you can see the Vivienda del Corregidor (Chief Magistrate’s House), built in the 1580s. The basement was used as a prison right up until 1821, then was sold and became a hat factory rather than a market. We strolled through lunchtime on the weekday, it was very busy.

Roman Bridge/Calahorra Tower

Walking down one of those little streets, you will find the bridge and the tower. It’s close to Los Reyes Christiano, but because we left the same way we came in, we did not know it was so close!! We found that out the next day.


The panoramas are postcard-worthy, whether you’re on the south bank viewing the Calahorra Tower and 16 arches with the Great Mosque in the background or making the exciting crossing of the old city.


Crossing the Guadalquivir along this Augustan footbridge is just one of those things every visitor to Córdoba has to do. Although the structure dates back to the 1st century, it is today completely medieval.

This helped earn it a role in Season 5 of the TV show Game of Thrones.


The Tower of La Calahorra rises south of the Roman bridge at the far end of the city center. It was originally an arched gate between two towers. 

You can also go on the roof for a spectacular view of the mosque and the city.

Templo Romano: The Ancient Roman Temple

Down one street, I was amazed to see these Roman columns. Especially after nightfall, visitors are overwhelmed by their natural beauty when the illuminated columns appear in warm colors. 

The ruins of the former Roman Temple are, apart from the Roman Bridge, the most considerable heritage of the Roman culture that influenced the entire region two thousand years ago.

More To Do In Cordoba

The Old Town Of Córdoba sat Inside The Wall.

We were happy that we stayed within the walls of Cordoba. When we visited Granada for a day, we travelled daily and visited the major sights. Being inside the walls put us within easy walking distance of the sights of the old town.


Instead of planning long days with multiple stops, we casually visited the sights individually. We saw a lot in the old town of Córdoba even though we did not see everything! Some days, we visited the major tourist sites; other days, we visited spots many people missed on day trips.

It is easy to lose yourself there—in a good way! Córdoba is one of the largest old towns in Europe, and it’s protected by UNESCO. This city is famed for its patios and large interior courtyards.


The Bull Museum

Touring around the south of Spain, we had many Andalusian experiences. The main courtyard welcomed us with a bull statue and a matador’s head.



We took a one-day trip by train to Granada. It is quite a long walk from the train station to downtown, so time yourself if you have to take the train back.


I wanted to see the Alhambra but did not buy the ticket online the day before. (Another thing I did not know.) We visited the outside and around it. It is a beautiful and huge place.

We took the long way up to the lower entrance to the park, which is the Puerta de las Granada’s (Gate of Pomegranates), a massive triumphal arch. Only its massive outer walls, towers, and ramparts are left.


Going up, you follow the narrow street where all the little shops are. I was disappointed because every shop is the same style in Morocco.

Granada is a city in southern Spain’s Andalusia region, at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It is known for its grand examples of medieval architecture, especially the Alhambra, which dates to the Moorish occupation. 


This sprawling hilltop fortress complex encompasses royal palaces, serene patios, reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty, and the fountains and orchards of the Generalife gardens.

Poster note -green colo

**Before you head to Granada, get online and book your Alhambra tickets with your Mastercard credit card on the Spanish Ticketmaster site, you can avoid the lines and ensure your spot at this World Heritage site.


**Shopping in Cordoba for clothes is good, good price and fashionable.


**If you are a shoe lover like my sisters, it will be heaven.


**Take a map and discover Cordoba. Everything is so close and so much to see, you can get a bit dizzy lol…


**Take your time to visit, it is impossible to do Cordoba in 1-2 days.


**Many of the sights in the old town in Córdoba had an admission fee.


**Discover all the little streets. A photographer’s little secret.


Hotel San Miguel

San Zoila,4 14002 Cordoba

(+34 ) 0957 47 58 61

We discovered this quaint hotel nestled in a peaceful area near the historical center. The San Miguel Hotel provides a comfortable and tidy lodging choice. The hotel provides free WiFi and air conditioning for added convenience.


Though breakfast is not included, there are many dining options in close proximity. The hotel exudes a welcoming and cozy ambiance, with rooms that overlook a charming patio. 


It boasts an excellent location, just a short distance from the town square and major tourist attractions. Close to all the animities.


The front desk staff were friendly and helpful, and they accommodated our late arrival without any issues.


 At night, guests are required to leave their keys at the front desk and will be accessed upon their return.

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6 Responses

  1. Cordoba is such a beautiful city, often so overlooked by travellers to Andalucia. When I was living in the South of Spain I often went to Cordoba for short breaks. The patios are so unique, especially when the city opens its doors during the Fiesta de Los Patios.

  2. Cordoba is one of my favorite cities! The history and the flowers are incredible – you captured it perfectly with your photos! I never made it to Granada though, so I hope I can return to do a day trip as you mentioned.

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