Day Trip to Córdoba: A Visit From a Friend

Hi all,

So as I mentioned in my last post, I went to Córdoba for the afternoon a couple of weekends ago while my friend John was down visiting.

Córdoba is only a 40-45 minute train journey from Sevilla so it seemed like the ideal place to go to, not to mention we had both heard great things about it. One of my flatmates is from Córdoba, so I thought it would be nice to see her home city while seeing another place in Spain.

We got the train around midday after a late breakfast of churros con chocolate. The train was comfy and the journey was pleasant with nice views.

Again, we were blessed with beautiful weather , so when we got off at the other end we decided to walk from the train station to the main part of the city. It was a bit chilly but the sun warmed us up!

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Our first stop was the Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba. There was an absolutely huge queue so we grabbed a Subway sandwich each to eat while we waited. It was a good idea…we waited for so long!

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The Mezquita-Catedral is a mosque-cathedral which was originally built in the 600s as a church, later converted into an islamic mosque and once again converted into a catholic church. It is hailed as the most accomplished piece of Moorish architecture. It was very impressive but very busy. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Córdoba!

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Afterwards we took a walk down to the river to look at the puente romano, the Roman bridge, and the river which is the same on that runs through Sevilla: the Río Guadalquivir. We took a small walk on the bridge and also just chilled and chatted. We considered playing pooh sticks but there were no sticks around, unfortunately…we are 20 years old, I promise!

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We then went up to the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos (Palace of the Christian Kings) which I was looking forward to seeing. We first went inside and up the two towers which gave a really awesome view of the gardens, royal stables and the bridge that we were just on!

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After, we went down into the gardens and they were so beautiful. There were two large pools with koi carp in and long fountain pools which just looked amazing in the sunshine. Despite there being a fair amount of people around it was very peaceful and calming to wander the gardens. Later on, when the sun was setting, John went back up to the tower to get a sunset picture and I stayed and sat on a bench by the fountains just enjoying my surroundings. It was really a lovely place.

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Later, we walked further into the city centre to the Plaza de la Corredera, where we had a really nice tapas dinner. We ordered the 7 tapas menu without really knowing what it was and when it came out we were pleasantly surprised. I like all of it but the salmorejo, a kind of cold tomato soup (that is somehow different to gazpacho). It was a pretty cold night so I might like it come summer, but not when we were sat outdoors and listening to Spanish Christmas songs!

After our dinner it was cutting it pretty close to the time we had to get our train back, so we hopped in a taxi (I left my scarf in it, boo) and got to the train station just in time…for our train to be delayed! Sod’s Law. 😉

I had a lovely afternoon seeing Córdoba, it was nice to travel a little bit more, though it was my last bout of travelling while here in Spain! The next lot of travelling I do will be while I am living in France!

Until next time,

H x

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