Cordoba has a fascinating history, and there’s no better place to experience it than here in the city center. Local
hotels enjoy views of historic churches, Moorish fortresses and ancient Roman ruins.
Palacio de la
Merced, in the north of the district, was a convent in the 1600s, but now it houses offices for the provincial
government. Most of the hotels in the city center are farther south around sites like San Nicolás de la Villa
Church. This grand fortified structure was built in the 1400s, boasting an eight-sided tower. The treasury inside is
open for tours.
But the most satisfying site in central Cordoba is Álcaza
r de los Reyes Cristianos. Portions of this fortress were built under Moorish rule, but most of what stands
today began with Alfonso XI. Many Christian martyrs died on the plaza that fronts the castle, and locals still honor
them today. Tourists who have never seen the fortress may want to visit once during the day, and then again after
dark when the fountains and gardens are illuminated.
Accommodation in the city center mainly caters for tourists exploring the historic sites and museums, but there are
also a few business hotels near the Guadalquivir River that serve the Congress and Exhibition Center on the
Miraflores Peninsula. The center is a new addition to Corboda and has raised the city’s profile as a conference