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40 Things to Do in Córdoba (Besides Visit the Mezquita)

Don’t get me wrong from the title. Córdoba’s grandiose, glorious thousand-year-old mosque is absolutely a must whenever you find yourself in town. However, a lot of visitors simply don’t know what else the city has to offer, and limit their time here to a simple day trip. If you’re not sure what else to do in Córdoba that isn’t the Mezquita, here are 40 suggestions that will help you make the most of your time here.

  1. Visit the famous floral patios all year long at the Viana Palace

    Viana Palace Courtyards - things to do in Cordoba, Spain

  2. Take the iconic picture of the Mezquita tower peeking up from between whitewashed alleyway walls at the end of Calleja de las Flores
  3. Explore the awe-inspiring ruins at Medina Azahara (the newest of Córdoba’s four UNESCO World Heritage sites!)

    Medina Azahara - things to do in Cordoba

  4. Eat the thickest slice of tortilla de patatas you’ll ever try at Bar Santos, preferably sitting on the steps of the mosque
  5. Go for a run in Parque Cruz Conde 
  6. Let yourself get lost in the whitewashed winding streets of the old Jewish quarter

    Juderia/Jewish Quarter - things to do in Cordoba

  7. Stroll along the Ribera (riverfront) and stop for ice cream at Buonisssimo (3 S’s, that’s not a typo)
  8. Have drinks on the terrace of Sojo Ribera overlooking the Guadalquivir
  9. Hang out in Plaza de las Tendillas and see if you can spot what’s wrong with the statue in the center of the square

    tendillas cordob

  10. Learn all about the history of the city against a beautiful backdrop of light, color, water and sound at Magical Nights at the Alcázar
  11. Sip on Montilla-Moriles wine, sherry’s lesser-known cordobés cousin

    Montilla-Moriles wine - things to do in Cordoba
    Wine is always a good idea. From Insta.

  12. Step into one of the best-preserved synagogues in Spain
  13. Have a picnic under the airplane on the east bank of the river in front of the Arcángel mall (the joke is that we have a grounded plane adorning a small hillside, but not a working airport?)
  14. Take a tapas crawl along Avenida del Aeropuerto (again with the aviation references! Why, Córdoba?), the largest stretch of free-tapas-with-your-drink bars in the city

    eating tapas - things to do in Cordoba
    Sharing tapas at Lambik.

  15. Climb the Calahorra Tower to check out the views, then visit the small but fascinating museum inside
  16. People-watch and enjoy the ambiance in Plaza de la Corredera

    Plaza de la Corredera - things to do in Cordoba

  17. Treat yourself to some well-deserved R&R at the gorgeous Arab Baths
  18. Say hello to the ducks at the Jardín de los Patos


  19. Enjoy a horse show at the Royal Stables, dating from the 16th century
  20. Devour the best local bites that are at their best here in the region where they were born: salmorejo (similar to gazpacho but better, IMO), rabo de toro (bull’s tail), and fried eggplant in honey, with a slice of pastel cordobés for dessert
  21. Check out what’s on at the Palacio de la Merced—this beautiful 18th century convent now hosts everything from the annual nativity scene to food truck festivals to wine tastings

    food trucks at Palacio de la Merced - things to do in Cordoba

  22. Step back in time at Casa del Bailio and check out the Cristo de los Faroles (Christ of the Lanterns) statue nearby
  23. Relax with a good book in the small garden at the center of Plaza de Colón
  24. Take a day trip out to the castle in Almodóvar del Rio 

    Castillo de Almodóvar del Río - things to do in Cordoba

  25. Enjoy the lively ambiance in Plaza del Potro, preferably in the evening before it gets dark when they turn the fairy lights on and it feels almost magical
  26. Drink craft beers from all over the world at La Trappería, or those brewed right here in Córdoba at Califa

    drinking craft beer - things to do in Cordoba
    Refreshing, ice cold beers at Califa.

  27. Shop till you drop on Calles Concepción and José Cruz Conde
  28. Eat a flamenquín as long (and as thick) as your arm at Bonillo
  29. See a real Roman temple up close

    Roman Temple - things to do in Cordoba

  30. …and a Roman mausoleum, too!
  31. Take in the views from the other side of the bridge at Parque de Miraflores
  32. Drive (or hike, or take the bus part of the way and then hike) up to Las Ermitas and enjoy the peace and quiet

    Las Ermitas

  33. Enjoy live music from talented artists at Golden Club
  34. Or, check out a show at Teatro de la Axerquía or the Caseta Municipal (Ricky Martin had a concert at the latter just a few weeks ago)
  35. Discover the gastro-heaven that is Mercado Victoria
  36. Wander into one of the dozens of beautiful churches dotted throughout the city

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    In my case, the “real world” just happens to come with this view from my bedroom window.
  37. Find great deals at the Arenal flea market every Sunday morning
  38. Learn something new at an interesting museum, like the Museo Arqueológico or the Museo Julio Romero de Torres
  39. Catch a soccer game at Arcángel Stadium (Córdoba’s team isn’t very good, but there’s something about the energy of a live sporting event that makes that seem less important)
  40. Walk across the Roman Bridge at sunset, enjoying the fading light of the day and the sounds of one of the talented street musicians as background music to your charming European adventure

    mezquita puente romano
    The iconic view of the Mezquita from the Roman Bridge

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I love the Mezquita as much as anyone, but beautiful Córdoba has so much more to offer. Here are 40 things to do in Cordoba—the most charming city in southern Spainbesides visit the famous mosque!


  1. Thank You – great information on Córdoba!

    Do you know if the train station has a place to store luggage? We want to stop for the day (Seville to Madrid).


    1. Thanks for reading, Robert! Last I’ve heard the train station’s left luggage service is closed, but you should be able to use the storage area at the bus station (directly across the street from the train station). Enjoy Spain and Cordoba!

      1. I appreciate the fast reply! Also a former Ohio (Cincinnati) resident who abandoned the cold .

        Keep going with your blog – it’s great fun.

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