When my husband and I first started planning our anniversary trip, I mentioned to him that I had only one must see city – Córdoba. We drove past this Andalusian jewel 27 years ago when we traveled around the region in our VW camper bus, but this time I didn't want to miss the great Mezquita (mosque), the terraced gardens at the Alcázar (castle), and the lovely patios.
We arrived late one night after driving for six hours straight from the Barajas Airport in Madrid. We kept our adrenaline level high with a couple of stops at two roadside bars to fuel-up with coffee, wine and tasty tapas. The first sip of vino tinto (red wine) was divine, accompanied by recently harvested cured crisp green olives.
Our hotel, the NH Hotel Amistad, was located right in the city center, a short walk from the Mezquita and the Alcázar. The entrance to the hotel was through an old city stone wall leading into a gorgeous courtyard.
Narrow cobblestoned streets in the old city around the Jewish neighborhood known as Judería.
Outside walls of homes and businesses are dotted with gorgeous foliage and blooms hanging from terracotta planters.
In the historic center some streets end on a small square surrounded by homes and shops. This is the case with this small charming square where a guitarist was performing. It is in this square where an old Arab well is located. My blogging friend Kathy, who visited Córdoba about a month after us and who did an excellent job at blogging from Spain, wrote a post about this particular square and the well.
The pride of the residents of Córdoba is their patios. Most of the patios we saw were on buildings with multiple residences and were locked by iron gates but peeking through the bars was not a problem. The black iron gate leads into the courtyard where a fountain with azulejos (tiles) is at center stage. Walls are decorated with planters and/or typical Andalusian decorative plates. Moorish style lamps adorn the entrance to the patio.