Every tourist destination has it’s attractions. However, because every tourist is different, these attractions have greater or lesser value. In this series Gary’s gives his reasons for traveling to a particular place. Hopefully some of his thoughts will entice you to consider adding this particular place to your itinerary. The entire series is being categorized under the heading, “Spotlights.” You may find more about these locations in the archives of this website, under headings such as, “Great Places,” “Things to Do in,” “Best of,” “Top 10” and “Places of a Lifetime.” In addition, there may be “Walking Tours” of these places available for purchase on the website for the low price of $1.49 each.
Cordoba is delightful to visit. The walled Old City is basically vehicle-free so walking is the best way to negotiate the narrow, cobblestone lanes. The whitewashed adobe homes are famous for their lovely courtyards. Be sure to include Cordoba in any Spanish adventure for at least the following reasons:
1. The most important and most impressive attraction in the city is La Mezquita, a mosque, turned church, turned museum. It dates to the 8th Century and is characterized by candy-striped Moorish arches.
2. The exterior of the complex features a tall minaret which has become the bell tower of the church.
3. The most adorable street in Cordoba, the Avenue of the Flowers, offers an interesting view of the bell tower.
4. The royal palace, Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, is also an impressive complex.
5. The World Heritage City has beautiful squares, as well.