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Visit The Historic City of Córdoba in Andalucia

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Córdoba is a magnificent city in Andalucia with many beautiful sites to see, not least of course the famous Mezquita.  Originally founded by the Romans Cordoba’s strategic position at the highest navigable point on the Rio Guadalquivar meant it soon became an important port and from here there was much activity shipping Spanish olive oil, wine and wheat back to Ancient Rome. The Romans also built the famous "El Puente Romano" which is the impressive bridge that crosses the river.

The Arabs dominated Cordoba from 711-1263 a.d. and during this period built the wonderful Mezquita (mosque). They started it in 784 and by the 10th century it was the largest mosque in the world. Cordoba reverted to Christian rule in 1236 but its new rulers were so impressed with the beauty of the mosque that they decided to build their own Cathedral within its impressive rows of arches and columns and today it forms an extraordinary mosque-cathedral of outstanding and awe inspiring beauty.

Mezquita, Patio De Los Naranjos, Cordoba, Spain
Arches Inside Mezquita, Cordoba, Spain As well as Moslem and Christian influences Cordoba also had a strong Jewish presence the influence of which can bee seen in "La Judera" which makes up the old part of Cordoba. This is a wonderful labyrinth of winding, narrow streets, shady flower-filled courtyards and patios and picturesque squares such as La Plaza del Potro. During early May the local residents compete in the city’s most beautiful courtyard competition by festooning their patios and any available space with a mass of flowers. They open their private courtyards to the public and they are an absolute delight to wander around.

Other sites of interest in Cordoba are the Alcazar de los Reyes whose beautiful gardens are the main reason for visiting the palace. At the south end of el Puente Romano is the Museo Vivo de Al-Andalus. This is a good point at which to start your tour of Cordoba as it gives you a good introduction to the history of the city and is one of the few places where you will find this in the language of your choice. From the top of the tower in which the museum is housed you get excellent views of the city and also two old Arab water mills one of which has a marvelously restored waterwheel.

There is also an interesting archeological museum in the city. This is housed in a renovated Renaissance palace admission is free to EU citizens. Apart from the sites of historic interest Cordoba is also famous for it's ceramic and hand tooled leather products with a wonderful variety of goods on offer in the shops.

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AC Córdoba Hotel, Córdoba
The Hotel AC Córdoba is a contemporary design property with a cream stone façade located with 600 metres of the train station and Cordoba centre.  Guests on business can make use of the hotel's meeting room and range of services including translation and computer hire.  The hotel restaurant offers a range of Córdoban dishes in a stylish, informal setting, and guests can enjoy snacks and drinks in the hotel coffee shop.  Guests can workout in the fully-equipped fitness room, and those arriving by car will find garage parking available for a fee. The 98 modern guestrooms are decorated in grey and white with crisp white linen and sleek black wood furnishing. 
AC Córdoba Palacio Hotel, Córdoba
The AC Cordoba Palacio is located in the centre of the Andalusian city of Cordoba, Spain, one kilometre from the Cordoba Mosque and the old town. Cordoba train station is 1.5 kilometres from the hotel.   Set amid gardens, the AC Cordoba Palacio is characterised by striking, contemporary architecture and a stone-tiled facade.  The outdoor swimming pool is open during the summer months and features a swim-up cocktail bar. A fitness suite is available for guests' use. Other amenities include 24-hour room service and a concierge desk. Motorists will find garage parking on site.   The informal, contemporary restaurant at AC Cordoba Palacio serves a range of dishes prepared using fresh market produce from the local market. Breakfast is available every morning for a surcharge.
Conquistador Hotel, Córdoba
The Conquistador hotel is situated in a beautiful environment, located in the Jewish Quarter across the street from the eastern façade of the Mosque-Cathedral.  A pleasant setting where the enchantment of the south of Spain will bewitch you.  The Conquistador completes its facilities with a warm and comfortable restaurant, with a capacity for 85 companions at table and supervised by our chef, where the privileged clients can enjoy a complete service of buffet breakfast and a gastronomical supply that includes specialties of national kitchen and typical plates of Córdova and Andalusia.
Hesperia Córdoba Hotel, Córdoba
The Andalusion-influenced Hesperia Cordoba Hotel rises from the banks of the Guadalquivir River. Cordoba's historical centre stands behind the hotel.  One of Cordoba's most famous attractions, La Mezquita Cathedral, stands 500 meters from the hotel. Other local points of interest include Medina Azahora and Viana Palace.   The hotel's aqua-blue pool is the centerpiece of a traditional Andalusian courtyard. Near the pool, La Azotea Bar boasts a rooftop terrace whereupon guests enjoy panoramic city views. The seasonal bar also offers live musical entertainment. Meanwhile, the onsite Al Punto Restaurant offers a menu of international and local flavors. 
Hotel Eurostars Las Adelfas, Córdoba
Hotel Las Adelfas is a deluxe property located 125 miles southwest of the Seville Airport. Only 2 miles northwest of the Mosque Cathedral, on a quiet secluded rise in an un-crowded low-rise suburb of El Brillante is where you will find this facility. Situated in the most prestigious area of Cordoba, this hotel is just 10 minutes away from the center of the city.  Business and vacation travelers alike will always find something to do at this beautiful hotel.  This facility is a well-presented and exceptional option in a peaceful spot.  A cordial and attentive staff warmly welcomes you. The hotel is only minutes away from fine dining, shopping and entertainment venues. 
Hotel Macia Alfaros, Córdoba
Hotel Maciá Alfaros is located in the street of the same name, running below the barbican of the Roman city walls and bordering the originally Arab neighbourhood of la Axarquía.  The hotel's comfortable amenities include several conference rooms, a haute cuisine restaurant, a welcoming bar, a large outdoor swimming pool, a private car park, and handicapped access facilities.  Cordoba is a convenient place to start a visit to Andalusia, as Seville, Granada, and Malaga are not far away by car.  Los Alarifes Restaurant - offers high-quality international cuisine as well as typically Andalusian dishes, especially from Cordoba.
Hotel Eurostars Maimonides, Córdoba
The Hotel Maimonides in Cordoba is a first-class hotel located in the heart of the Jewish Quarter, and just opposite the Mosque, the Cathedral, the Palacio Epsicopal and the city center.  From this privileged location, the Congress Palace is also just steps away.  Initially renovated in 1996, and renovated again in 2000, the hotel is decorated in a traditional style dating back to the 18th century.  The Hotel Maimonides is equipped with all modern comforts, and the facility offers a variety of services and conveniences for your stay in Cordoba.  The hotel's facilities include two patios, a souvenir shop, parking, as well as a bar and restaurant. Room service is available.
Hotel Palacete Mirador de Cordoba, Cordoba
Originally built in the 19th century, the Hotel Palacete Mirador de Cordoba is a modern renovated hotel housed in a landmark Andalusian baroque-style palace, five kilometres from the centre of Cordoba.  Seville San Pablo Airport (Sqv) is 100 kilometres away and takes approximately 70 minutes to reach by car.  Set amid extensive gardens with terraces that offer panoramic views over the Cordoban plain, the hotel houses an outdoor pool, paddle courts and a solarium, and guests can relax with a drink in the hotel bar. Further amenities include a multilingual concierge service and complimentary onsite parking.  The Hotel Palacete Mirador de Cordoba's informal, modern restaurant serves a range of international dishes. 
Parador of Córdoba, Córdoba
Located on the ruins of the small summer palace of Abderramán I, a hill surrounded by vegetation at the foot of the Cordoba mountain range, the Parador offers an exceptional panoramic view of the legendary city of the caliphs. The building brims with freshness, as it enjoys a temperature 4ºC lower than in the city. That feeling of well-being is enhanced by the swimming pool and the surrounding grounds (featuring a new garden known as 'Los Naranjos' ('The Orange Trees'), where the first palm trees planted in Europe maybe found. The inner rooms are elegant and very bright, with large living rooms and spacious bedrooms. 
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