The usual thing to do when planning a trip to any particular destination is to look for the attractions, sites and monuments that you can visit. However, discovering Cordoba's culture and customs is simply a question of walking through its streets and squares. With the largest historic quarter in Spain, declared a World Heritage Site in 1994, the city in itself is a kind of open-air museum, and its history is revealed through the tales and anecdotes linked to every hidden corner.
The centre of the Arab city was known as the "Medina" and was surrounded by city walls, as all important cities were. It is now full of town houses which are delightful to visit, some with spectacular balconies awash with flowering plants, others which only give a subtle suggestion of the beauty that lies within. The narrow, winding, cobbled streets lead to squares like the Plaza del Potro, immortalized by Cervantes in his novel Don Quixote, or wide, open spaces like the Plaza de la Corredera, the only main square of the Castilian type in Andalusia, which has witnessed a range of public events over the centuries, from bullfights to the burning of heretics by the Spanish Inquisition. The traditional centre of the city is the Plaza de las Tendillas, a stone's throw from what was the Roman Forum in antiquity. Just a short walk further takes us to the monument of Christ of the Lanterns, set in the austere Plaza de los Capuchinos and one the most evocative and commonly photographed sites of the old city.
Throughout this walk we can see how modern and ancient Cordoba contrast and how the people have adapted and coped with the changes modern life has brought.
Length of walk:
Around 1 hour 30 mins.
Varies depending on the number of participants.
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