Bursting with history and world-class attractions there’s plenty to see in this Córdoba Itinerary. But, how to fit it all in? Here are all the essentials you need to see plus our tips to help you decide how many days in Córdoba.

It seems our early ancestors were onto something when, in the 10th century, they deemed Córdoba the greatest city in western Europe. Home to an Islamic Caliphate, Roman influences and local Spanish charisma; a 1 or 2 day Córdoba itinerary is an ideal European weekend getaway or great day trip from Seville.

This Córdoba itinerary delivers some truly world-class tourist attractions. The Mezquita-Catedral – the 9th-century Islamic prayer hall with a Christian Cathedral literally punching through the ceiling – is one of the most intriguing buildings in the world. The ancient ruins of Madinat al-Zahra is the only Islamic Caliphal capital ever to reside in western Europe. And the old cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and gorgeous patios still carry remnants of Roman design.

It’s one of our favourite places in Spain. Not only for the important historical sites, but also because it’s just a great place to hang out. The squares are full with locals, yet relaxed with friendly welcoming banter. The streets are bright with whitewashed walls and the courtyards overflowing with Roman design.

Córdoba may only be a pint-sized historical treasure, but it punches well above its weight.

Here are our suggestions for how many days to spend in Córdoba, what to see, where to stay and some helpful tips for planning your Córdoba itinerary.

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2-day córdoba itinerary overview

DAY 1 AM

Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba

Puente Romano 

Patios San Basilio

DAY 1 PM

Baños de Alcázar Califal

Alcázar of the Christian Monarchs

Jewish Quarter

DAY 2 AM

Madinat al-Zahra

Christo de los Faroles and Casa Baillo

Palacio de Viana

DAY 2 PM

Plaza de la Corredera

Archaeological Museum

Museo de Bellas Artes

2-day córdoba itinerary overview

DAY 1 AM

Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba

Puente Romano 

Patios San Basilio

DAY 1 PM

Baños de Alcázar Califal

Alcázar of the Christian Monarchs

Jewish Quarter

DAY 2 AM

Madinat al-Zahra

Christo de los Faroles and Casa Baillo

Palacio de Viana

DAY 2 PM

Plaza de la Corredera

Archaeological Museum

Museo de Bellas Artes

DAY 1 AM / THE MEZQUITA-CATEDRAL & PUENTE ROMANO

08:30 / Get an early start this morning to take advantage of the free entry at the Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba between 08:30 and 09:30 every day (except Sunday). It’s a truly memorable site and a great way to understand the complex history of Córdoba. Originally built in 785 CE as a mosque, it was converted to a cathedral after the Christian conquest in 1236. The mix of Christian opulence and Islamic iconography in the building is compelling.

10:00 / Next, head up to the Bell Tower for an uninterrupted view of the Christian cathedral punching its way through the Islamic mosque. From here the towering dominance of the cathedral serves as a reminder to the power of religion. Entrance to the bell tower occurs every 30 minutes.

11:30 / After the Mezquita, walk across the Puente Romano (Av. del Alcázar) for great views across the town. The bridge you see today is mostly from the Islamic period and contains the famous Moorish arches familiar across Córdoba. At the end of the bridge is the Torre de la Calahorra, which contains the Museo Vivo de Al-Andaluz. This is most uninteresting, sloppily assembled museum we have ever seen. Give it a miss.

12:30 / Head back into Córdoba to explore the Patios San Basilio. A ticket for €5 provides access to 5 patios which are all privately owned by locals. Pick up your tickets from Calle San Basilio 14 and follow the trail of smiling locals from one patio to the next. Read our full review of the patios of Córdoba.


Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba / 10:00 – 19:00 Mon-Sat; 8.30 – 11.00 and 15:00 to 19:00 Sun | Bell Tower: 9:30 – 13:30 and 16:00 – 18:30 Mon-Sat | Price: €10 (Bell tower + €2) | Location: Calle Cardenal Herrero 1

Patios San Basilio / 8:30 – 20:45 Tue–Fri; 08:30 – 16:30 Sat; 08:30 – 14:30 Sun; Closed Mon | Price: €5 | Location: Calle San Basilio 14

DAY 1 PM / ALCÁZAR, CASA ANDALUSÍ & PEOPLE WATCHING

14:00 / No 1 or 2 days in Córdoba would be complete without an al fresco lunch in an atmospheric square. So, after the patios, have lunch at Puerta Sevilla (Calle Postrera 51) taking up prime spot in the square just inside the Sevilla Gate. It’s hearty Spanish fare, so if unless you have a healthy appetite, one dish per person will probably do.

15:15 / After lunch, head over to the Baños de Alcázar Califal, the site of the execution of Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Rahman V in 1024 CE. They’re not great – at all – but the execution did mark the end of the Caliphate in Europe. There’s not much left of these 10th-century baths today, but still, they’re worth a quick look for their historical significance if nothing else.

15:45 / Next, head to Alcázar of the Christian Monarchs. The Alcázar was built by the Christians after they conquered Córdoba in 1328. The gardens of the Alcázar draw the most energetic gasps of pleasure from visitors and make an ideal addition to your 2 days in Córdoba itinerary.

17:00 / Now explore some more of the Jewish Quarter. Start at Casa Andalusí, a house/museum full of Moroccan charm including the first paper factory imported to Spain by the Islamic empire. Next, take the short stroll to the Maimonides statue located here. One of the most prolific and influential Jewish scholars, Córdoban born Maimonides was also an astronomer and physician.

18:00 / After meandering more of the Jewish Quarter, it’s probably time for a refreshing beverage, so head to Cosmopolitan Food on Plaza de Judá Levi. Despite the terrible name and even worse reviews on TripAdvisor, they have a great location in the square which is ideal for people watching.


Baños de Alcázar Califal / 8:30 – 20:45 Tue-Sat; 08:30 – 14:30 Sun | Price: €2.50 | Location: Plaza Campo Santo de los Mártires

Alcázar of the Christian Monarchs / 8:30 – 20:45 Tue–Fri; 08:30 – 16:30 Sat; 08:30 – 14:30 Sun; Closed Mon | Price: €2.50 | Location: Plaza Campo Santo de los Mártires

La Casa Andalisí / 10.00 – 19:30 | Price: €5 | Location: Calle Judíos, 12

DAY 1 EVENING / IMPRESSIVE LEATHER WORK & TRADITIONAL DINING

19:00 / After your early evening sundowner, make your way to Casa Ramón García Romero to witness one of Córdoba’s traditional crafts. If anyone told us before we spent 2 days in Córdoba that a museum dedicated to leather art would be a highlight, we would have scoffed. But the craftsmanship here is something to behold.

21:00 / For dinner this evening, make a reservation at Taberna Luque (Calle Blanco Belmonte 4; +34 699 80 65 60) for authentic regional cooking. If you’re young, hip and cool, the decor probably won’t be to your taste. It’s aging old-school Spanish styling, with aging old-school Spanish customers. But, the service by Antonio is warm, friendly and energetic; the cooking by Maria full of home-styled elegant goodness. The pork with PX sauce was a particular standout, but the whole evening was sealed by the fantastic service. If you fancy something different here are some other excellent restaurants in Córdoba.


Casa Ramón García Romero / 10:30 – 14:00 & 16:30 – 20:00 Mon-Sat | Price: Free | Location: Plaza Agrupación de Cofradías 2

DAY 2 AM / MADINAT AL-ZAHRA & PALACIO DE VIANA

10:15 / This morning, head out to Madinat al-Zahra, palace of Abd al-Rahman III, and the heart of the 10th-century Islamic Caliphate in Spain. The palace was a sprawling complex stretching 1500 metres across and set in the foothills of the Sierra Morena Mountain Range. The tour starts in the modern museum which has artefacts collected from the site and a film showing what the palace looked like in the 10th century. A free shuttle bus whisks visitors up to the site of the ruins.

13:30 / Back in Córdoba and after finding your favourite local hangout for lunch, stroll through Christo de los Faroles and Casa Baillo for some interesting sculptures. Then make your way over to Palacio de Viana, the second of Córdoba’s prime patio offerings. Palacio de Viana was originally built in the 15th century and after 5 centuries of expansion now boasts 12 beautiful courtyards, open for public inspection. As the scent of orange and jasmine blossom fills the air, keep an eye out for hints of Arabic roots such as the ornate mosaics and water features, or the Hispanic details such as the sculptured cypress trees.


Madinat A;-Zahra / 9:00 – 21:00 Mon-Sat & 09:00 – 15:00 Sun | Price: €1.50 (free for EU citizens | Location: Ctra. Palma del Río, km 5.5 | Getting there: Bus departs from Paseo de La Victoria outside the Almodovar Gate and leaves at 10.15, 10.30 and 11:00; returning at 13.30, 13.45 and 14.15 | Bus price: €9.

Palacio de Viana / 10:00 – 19:00 Tue-Sat; 10:00 to 15:00 Sun and holidays | Price: €5 | Location: Plaza de Don Gome 2

DAY 2 PM / ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM & MUSEO DE BELLAS ARTES

16:30 / After inspecting the patios, stroll past Templo Romano (Calle Capitulares) the remains of a Roman temple with reconstructed pillars. There’s not much too see but the towers standing beside the modern buildings make a nice contrast. Then, head into Plaza de la Corredera for a late afternoon coffee in a very local square. A €1 coffee never tasted so good in this thoroughly local atmosphere.

17:45 / Potter around the Muslim quarter before checking out the Archaeological Museum. It has a good selection of artefacts from prehistoric times discovered in the Córdoba area. The basement houses the remains of a Roman theatre, said to be the largest in Spain.

18:30 / After the Archaeological Museum, head to the Museo de Bellas Artes. The gallery contains work by Córdoban artists from the 15th to 20th centuries supported by a number of contemporary paintings and sculptures. It doesn’t contain any huge names in art, but it is a great little gallery, on one of the prettiest squares in town and well worth seeing on your 2 days in Córdoba.

DAY 2 EVENING / SPANISH DINING

20:00 / For dinner tonight try La Boca (Calle San Fernando 39; +34 695 96 18 62). While it didn’t have the earthy atmosphere of Taberna Luque (or any customers) it did have an innovative take on some Spanish/Moroccan fusion dishes. The service is a little perfunctory and confusing but offers a different type of Córdoban dining in a modern stylish space.

If you want to eat in a more traditional setting, head a little further north to Taberna Salinas (+34 957 48 29 50 / Calle Tundidores 3) which has very traditional décor and some fine food. Their speciality is Tundidores, ratatouille with fried egg.


Archaeological Museum / 9:00 – 21:00 Tue-Sat; 10:00 – 19:00 Sun | Price: €1.50 (free for EU citizens) | Location: Plaza de Jerónimo Páez 7

Museo de Bellas Artes / 9:00 – 21:00 Tue-Sat; 10:00 – 19:00 Sun | Price: €1.50 (free for EU citizens) | Location: Plaza del Potro 1

FINISH

After exploring the sites and tastes of Córdoba for a day or 2, we’d highly recommend heading over to Seville to continue the themes of stunningly beautiful moorish architecture and cheap tasy tapas.

We’ve visited Seville many times and keep going back for the plaza vibes, Spanish art and balmy European climate. To read about what we love doing there, read our 3 days in Seville itinerary.

/ INFORMATION

A little pre-planning and research will help make your travels far more successful, it will also help you to understand what you are looking for in a destination. If you like our Córdoba itinerary, here’s all the information you might need to plan your trip.

WHERE TO STAY IN CÓRDOBA

As ever, we recommend staying fairly centrally so that you can easily walk around this charming compact city. Like any city, there is a wide range of Airbnb options but if you prefer a more traditional stay, there’s a great selection of hotels for any budget.

The best thing about accommodation in Córdoba is the price. As a cost-effective city, you can either save some cash or splash out on a little more luxury.

GREAT VALUE

HOTEL CASA DE LOS AZULEJOS


Built in an old colonial-style house, this family-run hotel is in an excellent location next to the buzzing Plaza de la Corredera. The central courtyard is a beautiful spot for a simple but delightful breakfast.

CHECK PRICES

FRIENDLY BOUTIQUE

HOTEL PATIO DEL POSADERO


Lovely boutique hotel with modern design and attention to detail, the two young owners go the extra mile with innovative breakfast. It’s a 12-minute walk to the cathedral. But in a city this pretty that’s hardly a chore.

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GREAT VALUE

HOTEL CASA DE LOS AZULEJOS


Built in an old colonial-style house, this family-run hotel is in an excellent location next to the buzzing Plaza de la Corredera. The central courtyard is a beautiful spot for a simple but delightful breakfast.

CHECK PRICES

GREAT VALUE

HOTEL CASA DE LOS AZULEJOS


Built in an old colonial-style house, this family-run hotel is in an excellent location next to the buzzing Plaza de la Corredera. The central courtyard is a beautiful spot for a simple but delightful breakfast.

CHECK PRICES

FRIENDLY BOUTIQUE

HOTEL PATIO DEL POSADERO


Lovely boutique hotel with modern design and attention to detail, the two young owners go the extra mile with innovative breakfast. It’s a 12-minute walk to the cathedral. But in a city this pretty that’s hardly a chore.

CHECK PRICES

GREAT VALUE

HOTEL CASA DE LOS AZULEJOS


Built in an old colonial-style house, this family-run hotel is in an excellent location next to the buzzing Plaza de la Corredera. The central courtyard is a beautiful spot for a simple but delightful breakfast.

CHECK PRICES

BOOK BEFORE YOU GO

Before you go, read our articles about how to see the main sights in Córdoba for free. We put this itinerary together to maximise your time, allowing you to see as much of this fascinating city as possible. However, if you have more flexibility, it’s possible to see most of the main sights for free by visiting at certain times of the day and on certain days of the week.

If you prefer to have guided tours, here are some which you can purchase in advance and download to your phone to avoid queuing up on the day.

OUR RECOMMENDED TOURS

Skip the queues and book these tours before you go. Tickets are delivered to your smartphone.

MEZQUITA-CATEDRAL

SKIP THE LINE TICKETS

MEZQUITA-CATEDRAL

HISTORY TOUR

MADINAT AL-ZAHRA

TOUR + TRANSPORT

ALCÁZAR DE LOS REYES CRISTIANOS

SKIP THE LINE + TOUR

OUR RECOMMENDED TOURS

Skip the queues and book these tours before you go. Tickets are delivered to your smartphone.

MEZQUITA-CATEDRAL

SKIP THE LINE TICKETS

MEZQUITA-CATEDRAL

HISTORY TOUR

MADINAT AL-ZAHRA

TOUR + TRANSPORT

ALCÁZAR DE LOS REYES CRISTIANOS

SKIP THE LINE + TOUR

GETTING TO CÓRDOBA

To get to Córdoba, you can either fly to Malaga or Seville. The train from Malaga to Córdoba on Spain’s fast rail network costs around €86 per person return and takes 50 minutes. Tickets can be purchased in advance here.

The train from Seville to Córdoba takes around 45 minutes (times vary) and costs around €44 per person return. Train tickets can be purchased in advance from here

GETTING AROUND CÓRDOBA


Córdoba is a very compact city. All the destinations in this itinerary within walking distance with the exception of Madinat al-Zahra which is 10 km out of town. If you have your own car, driving out is easy – although getting out of your parking space in these tight Spanish lanes may not be.

The easiest way to get to Madinat al-Zahra is by taxi. However, a bus leaves from Paseo de La Victoria outside the Almodovar Gate at 10.15, 10.30 and 11:00; and returns to Córdoba at 13.30, 13.45 and 14.15. The price is €9.

BEST TIME TO GO TO CÓRDOBA

Córdoba can be a fiery Spanish town so it is best avoided from June to September. We suggest March to May when it’s not too hot, the gardens are lush and the sun is beckoning those of us from more northern climates.

In particular, Córdoba springs into action during the second week of May for the Patio Festival. During the festival, a lot of the patios are open for free and the streets hum to the murmur of discussing who might take the converted Battle of the Flowers prize. An ideal time to spend 2 days in Córdoba.

COSTS OF OUR CÓRDOBA ITINERARY

The total cost of our 2 days in Córdoba, for two people, was €305. With Apr 2019 exchange rates of €1.16 to the British Pound; €0.89 to the US dollar; this equates to:

US $340 / GBP £260 / EUR €305


3 nights’ accommodation – €180 

2 days of food and drink for 2 people – €82

Entrance fees – €43

Bus to Madinat Al-Zahar – €18

US $340 / GBP £260 / EUR €305


3 nights’ accommodation – €180 

2 days of food and drink for 2 people – €82

Entrance fees – €43

Bus to Madinat Al-Zahar – €18

HOW MANY DAYS IN CÓRDOBA?

The highlights of the old town of Córdoba can be visited in one day. But do try to start early. Make sure you visit the Mezquita-Cathedral, the Alcázar of the Christian Monarchs, Patios San Basilio and the small lanes and alleyways of the Jewish Quarter.

If you chose to spend 2 days in Córdoba then it gives you time to head out of the old town centre. Here you will find more palaces, some decent museums and most importantly (a few km out of town) the old caliphal capital of Madinat al-Zahra.

We would recommend spending 2 days in Córdoba but our detailed itinerary works for either 1 or 2 days. If you want to spend one day then just follow DAY 1 – it covers all the highlights. For a 2 day Córdoba itinerary, complete the lot.

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WHERE NEXT?

Córdoba has a fascinating mix of Christian and Moorish history, but so has Seville, just a 45-minute train ride away. It became the capital of the largest Moorish city-state (after Cordóba fell) and the centre for riches to arrive from the Spanish American empire. (check out this list of things to do).

Here’s some more reading from this fantastic part of Spain.

3 DAYS IN SEVILLE

HIKING GARGANTA VERDE

PUEBLOS BLANCOS DE ANDALUCÍA

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Bursting with history and world-class attractions there’s plenty to see in this Córdoba Itinerary. But, how to fit it all in? Here are all the essentials you need to see plus our tips to help you decide how many days in Córdoba. / #cordoba

Bursting with history and world-class attractions there’s plenty to see in this Córdoba Itinerary. But, how to fit it all in? Here are all the essentials you need to see plus our tips to help you decide how many days in Córdoba. / #cordoba

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