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Cordoba

Cordoba entered its golden age in medieval times, when Muslims, Christians and Jews coexisted here in harmony. It became the triumph of the Moorish empire in Spain, until King Ferdinand seized power in the 13th century. Today it's an architectural treasure, famous for its blossom-filled patios, restored homes and massive houses of worship. Booking accommodation in Cordoba puts visitors at the cultural heart of Spanish Andalusia, within striking distance of excellent museums, restaurants and markets.

Cordoba's main sites revolve around a complex Muslim-turned-Christian background. One of the biggest mosques in the world is here in the city center. When control reverted to Europe, the reigning powers opted to build a cathedral inside the mosque rather than tear it down. It was originally built in the 700s, and is laid out with an impressive grid of 900 columns, most of which are still standing.

The Juderia, Cordoba's Jewish ghetto, is one of the finest in Europe. Riddled with tucked-away squares and leafy avenues, this neighborhood has become a hip residential area and ideal walking venue.

Most of the hotels in Cordoba are in the near center district, in reach of the trendy taverns and nightclubs that ignite after the sightseeing is over. Despite its historic appeal, this is a lively and modern city. It's full of stylish restaurants and street cafés that ooze sophistication and flair.

Cordoba Airport is outside the city and receives a limited selection of private and charter flights. The railway station is much busier receiving trains from other cities in Spain. Getting around in a rental car is straightforward enough that many tourists drive themselves from one city to the next.

For more information on hotels and landmarks in the different areas of Cordoba, click on the interactive Cordoba map on the left-hand side of the page.