See, Eat, Do: Cordoba, Spain

We really only came to Cordoba for one reason — the patio festival — but our timing was off, we knew we’d miss it by two-days. With its close proximity from Granada and, we came anyway and spent one day hoping to catch remnants or what’s left of the festival.

Things to See & Do

Patios de Cordoba has a long running history dating back to 1918. But even long than that, like back in the days of the Romans, homes were built with central patios used to be filled with plants and water features to keep the home cool due to hot and dry climate. Somewhere between the Roman times and 1918, the people of Cordoba decided these beauties were far too pretty to be kept hidden behind closed doors so, once a year, the doors open and everyone is invited to see the treasures in Cordoba’s patios.

Patios Cordoba

Word of advice: come during the festival. Even two-days late is too late because the doors do close. We were lucky enough to stumble upon one. The owner (or housekeeper), I’m not entirely sure who he was, but he was watering the plants and took pity of us peeking through the iron gates so he let us in. It was our first and only patio sighting in Cordoba.

Walk the Jewish Quarter

jewish quarter cordoba

Mezquita de Cordoba is a Catholic cathedral regarded as one of the most accomplished monuments of Moorish architecture. I was simply spell-bound by the place; the marbled Roman columns, beautiful archways and mosaic designs. Mezquita Cordoba Inside Q

cathedral cordoba camera

Outside the Mezquita Cordoba

Eat this

Bodegas Mezquita Cespedes is a popular tourist spot, but one you shouldn’t avoid. It’s famous for a reason, the food is actually quite good. Get the Berenjenas califales rebozadas con reducción de vino dulce Pedro Ximénez y ajonjolí (fried eggplant with sweet red wine reduction). I’m not typically a fan of eggplants, its a textural thing, but these were delicious; crispy on the outside, soft, not mushy, on the inside drizzled with a sweet, almost honey-like sauce.

Bodegas Mezquita

Fried Eggplant Bodegas Mezquita

Casa Rubio is great for a midday bite. The decor is adorably decked with all the comforts of home. Get the salmorejo here, it’s a must. We also order the Ensaladilla de patatas y pulp (octopus and potatoes salad) with a glass of tinto de verano, of course.

casa rubio cordoba

potato octopus salad casa rubio

Taberna Luque is what’s for dinner. With only 7 or 8 tables, one server and a hostess, we dined patio-style on a lovely, and rather warm, spring evening. Our server, and older gentleman, could not be any cuter;; bubbly and personable, he made sure our dinner experience was perfect from start to finish.

Taberna Luque Cordoba

salmorejo taberna luque cordoba

Taberna Luque Outside

I didn’t know what to expect of Cordoba, certainly not a big city that’s for sure. It doesn’t have that medieval look and feel like Sevilla or Granada. But what it lacks in old time charm, it makes up in modern flairs, pretty patios, warm weather and delicious salmorejo. I also had a lot of fun interacting with the locals by speaking Spanish which I learned from aprender español.

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  • Muriel

    I was just there earlier this week! It was such a cute town. The mosque was absolutely gorgeous!

    • Kieu – GQ trippin

      The details in that mosque… so gorgeous!

  • Melissa @ Suitcase and Heels

    The only places I’ve been to in Spain so far are Ibiza and Barcelona, but I definitely want to explore further south and Cordoba is on the list. Thanks for the head’s up about the patios.

    • Kieu – GQ trippin

      That was us prior to this trip, only been to Barcelona and Ibiza! We wanted to come back and see the rest of Spain and so glad we did. I love Barcelona but Spain has so much more to offer especially in the south. You won’t regret it.

  • Kristina Abrenica

    Hi there! I stumbled upon your blog as we’re headed to Spain in a couple of months 🙂 I wanted to ask how long your stay was in Cordoba?? Just curious, I know that it’s smaller and you can see most of its highlights in a short amount of time. Oh and did you happen to visit in the Spring? P.S. Thanks for the BusBud recommendation booked two tickets through the site!!

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Hi Kristina.
      We stayed in Cordoba for about 1.5 days and felt like that was enough. We visited in May and the weather was perfect. Sad that we did miss the Patio festival by a few days. But luckily we got to see at least 1 house with the decorated patio. 🙂 Glad to hear you’re going through Busbud. Bus travel was super easy for us down there. Enjoy Espana! It’s one of our faves.