The best part about living in Seville is its accessibility to the rest of Andalusia. And if you want to pop over to another city, it’s easy, quick, and cheap!
Cordoba is located north of Seville, and you can get there in between 45 minutes and an hour and twenty, depending on which train you catch. Be prepared on arrival, as the train station is located just to the north of the city centre. When we visited Cordoba, we’d timed our trip with the ‘Los Patio’s’ festival, where the locals open up their homes’ patios and show off their beauty to hoards of tourists. It seemed like a good idea ahead of time, but in reality, the queues were long, and some of the gardens shut during the afternoon. We only managed to sneak a peak in two gardens throughout the day.
Cordoba, like Seville, has the Guadalquivir River running through the centre of it. One thing you must do is to cross the Roman Bridge and look back out over the city. The centre of your attention will be the Mosque, with the Alcazar to its left. It’s worth the walk just for the photos.
Cordoba is famous for its mosque, which was finished being built in 750AD, and was converted to a cathedral in the 1600’s. Thanks to the Los Patios festival, we didn’t have the time to stand in the super long queues, but we did snag a ticket and went for a
walk climb up the Bell Tower, and got to appreciate some amazing views of the city. If I had the time and the money, I’d go back to Cordoba just for the Mezquita.
Throughout the day, we did manage to luck out. We stumbled across some flamenco down a side street, before finding a not too long line to head into a garden. The garden was beautiful, and it really would be a dream to live in a house with a patio like there’s. We wandered away from the big hubbub, in search of some smaller, less crowded gardens. Unfortunately, that backfired on us – when you’re in Spain, remember people have afternoon siestas and things may not always be open when you think they should be. We also missed out on a good lunch, ignoring our flatmates carefully put together a list of top spots, and headed to the first place with an open table. A disappointing lunch later, we made it back to the Mosque. There are some amazing looking restaurants hidden down side streets and back alleys – don’t always go for one on the popular tourist strip!
Our last mission for the day was to find some sherry, but the highly recommended spot turned out to be closed, though to make up for it, we stumbled across a final garden – and the best we’d seen in both person and photographs.
It was an amazing trip – and the train ride there only cost us €20.