In a city where hot days wind down to cool, romantic nights, travellers staying at Córdoba’s stylish hotels can step back through the centuries. The Moorish heritage of southern Spain is painted large in the streets, and Córdoba proudly celebrates its Andalusian culture and character.
From your Córdoba hotel, you can linger over lavish lunches, stroll through maze-like medieval streets, wander past mesmerising Moorish monuments, then sit down in a local restaurant for a bowl of chilled salmorejo soup and berenjenas (aubergines) served with honey in the Moorish style.
If you can pull yourself away from the flower-strewn patios (perhaps after a short siesta at the hotel), Córdoba is strewn with historic treasures waiting to be discovered. Its crowning glory is the Mezquita, the grand mosque built in the 8th century, when Córdoba was the focal point for a mighty Islamic caliphate.
Away from the iconic arches and columned arcades of the Mezquita, the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos combines Roman mosaics, lavish gardens and stunning views from its towers. Before you wander back to your hotel, Córdoba offers one more Moorish experience - the Baños Árabes, a stylish modern take on the thermal baths of the city’s Islamic past.