One building alone is reason enough to put Córdoba high on your itinerary: the mesmerising multiarched Mezquita. One of the world's greatest Islamic buildings, the Mezquita is a symbol of the worldly, sophisticated culture that flourished here more than a millennium ago when Córdoba was capital of Islamic Spain and western Europe's biggest, most cultured city. Córdoba has the second largest Old town in Europe, the largest urban area in the world declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
Córdoba's real charms unfold as you explore the winding, stone-paved lanes of the medieval city to the west, north and east of the touristic area immediately around the Mezquita, wandering between wrought-iron balconies and lamps, potted plants, overhanging trees, golden-stone buildings and verdant interior patios.
Cordoba also has much to offer in terms of art, culture and leisure, thanks to a myriad of cultural events that are organized here throughout the year: Flamenco festivals, concerts, ballet and other activities. These events are complemented by a number of museums and a good social scene.
As well as the unique mosque-cathedral, Cordoba's treasures include the Alcazar, or Fortress, built by the Christians in 1328; the Calahorra Fort, originally built by the Arabs, which guards the Roman Bridge, on the far side of the river from the Mezquita, and the ancient Jewish Synagogue, now a museum. Cordoba's medieval quarter, once the home of the Jewish community, is called "La Judería" (The Jewry), a labyrinth of winding, narrow streets, shady flower-filled courtyards and picturesque squares such as La Plaza del Potro.
The area immediately to the north of the Old City, roughly from the area around Plaza de las Tendillas to Avenida de America is a more modern section of town and is where the train and bus station is located as well as a major shopping area. Along Paseo de la Victoria on the west side and Avenida de America on the north are large parks that make for a pleasant stroll.
The Centro Flamenco Fosforito is possibly the best flamenco museum in Andalucía, the centre has exhibits, film and information panels in English and Spanish telling you the history of the guitar and all the flamenco greats. Regular free live flamenco performances are held here, too, often at noon on Sunday.
When visiting Cordoba the top sights to make sure you see are the Mezquita, Palacio de Viana, Medina Azahara, Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, Caballerizas Reales, Sinagog and the Museo Arqueologica to experience as much as you can of what the city has to offer.
Arrive in Cordoba by flights and coach
Trip to Royal Alcazares
Visit to Giralda Cathedral
Visit to a Bull Ring and explore Triana District
Visit to Alhambra Palace, Gardens and Nasrid Palace
Visit to Parque de las Ciencias
Guided visit of the Great Mosque and Jewish Quarter in
Castillo de Almodovar
Depart Cordoba for journey home
Prices from £340 per student
Price based on a 5-day trip for 40 students and 4 group leaders, excluding flights. All trips are subject to availability.
AVAILABLE AT THIS DESTINATION
- Cultural Excursions
- Homestay accommodation
- Work Experience
- Language Lessons
- Hotel/Hostel Accommodation
- Coach transfer from the school to UK airport.
- Return flights to Cordoba.
- Private coach for the full duration of the trip once you arrive at the airport.
- Public transport travel card if required.
- Stay with local host families in Cordoba.
Hostel/hotel accommodation available with half board or full board options.
- Language tuition with qualified Spanish teachers. Lessons can be tailored to the level of the student’s current ability and included chosen topics selected by the group leaders.