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Cordoba - Mecca of the West

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For automobile fans, Cordoba is the name of the car, but for lovers of architecture it’s a Spanish resort with dozens of temples and residences with beautiful gardens. The city's largest mosque in the Iberian Peninsula invites all, who love the unique atmosphere of Andalusia.

In the past, the capital of Moorish state and Roman Spain, today Cordoba is still a relatively small city. It's a real tourist pearl of Andalusia, although it might firstly give the impression of a small provincial town, where life centers around the main square and fades away in the narrow streets. And it has to be admitted that the resort's main square is adorned by a huge attraction - the Great Mosque. Impressive in terms of size and number of images, building known as La Mezquita is the most magnificent mosque, which was built by the Arabs on the Iberian Peninsula.

In the immediate vicinity of the temple is located the old Plaza del Potro, whose heart is a fountain with a horse. According to the story, one of the posadas next to the market was visited by Servantes himself, who was working on "Don Quixote". As a result, the mention of the statue of a horse can be found on the pages of the novel about a knight fighting with windmills.

Mecca of the West

At one time, Cordoba was considered to be not only the largest city in Europe, but also the largest center of culture and learning in the west of the continent. It was even called the Mecca of the West. Today it locates on 10th place among largest cities of Spain, but it’s still thriving, serving as the capital of the province. It attracts tourists with number of historic buildings, churches and monuments. In the resort you can find, among others, one of the last three synagogues that remained in the country after the expulsion of the Jews in 1492 (the other two are located in Toledo). The historic temple stands in the Jewish quarter of Juderia, and is cut by narrow streets and patios filled with heavenly fragrance of flowers. The construction is tiny, but it hides priceless decorations with biblical motifs and a gallery for women.

Another big attraction of the city is Puenta Romano, a Roman bridge thrown across the Guadalquivir River. After the restoration, some people consider it to be "too new" and somehow devoid of charm. But still arouses respect due to its size and the precision of construction. It’s worth going on the other side to see the historical center from this perspective.

Being here, you can explore the historic fortified residence of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, which currently houses the museum with a rich collection of Roman mosaics. Here, you can also see the beautiful and extensive Arab gardens and Islamic patios.

Where to stay?

As a famous tourist center, Cordoba offers a very extensive range of accommodation, where both amateurs of 5-star hotel comfort, as well as lovers of independent travelling will find something suitable. The latter can check Camping "El Brilliante", located in the city center. The nearest bus stop is located just outside the camp. Nightly accommodation for an adult costs 7 euros, for child – 4 euros, while place for the motorhome- 9. The campsite has a laundry, pool, as well as a supermarket opened in the summer.

Finding the accommodation in such an excellent location means that you can visit the city also in the evening, without worrying about returning to the campsite. It’s worth taking a walk after sunset, because at night the whole Cordoba is amazingly illuminated. An unforgettable view is the bridge and the Grand Mosque bathed in warm, yellow light.

Before bedtime, you can visit hot baths, of which the whole region is famous. Here, we’ll wash away the tiredness and dust of all-day walks, and then we can relax, listening to the crickets.

Translation: Karolina Strzałkowska

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