Córdoba, Take Two

Córdoba welcomed us with the motto, “La feria eres tú!”

After spending five days in Córdoba in early September, I jumped at the chance to return for May feria. I was surprised at how my internal compass was still in tune with the city’s general outline, how familiar and clear the same plazas were eight months later.

This time around I wasn’t traveling solo; I was with Andres. It was my boyfriend’s first time in Andalucía so we hit the Córdoba must-sees. While we had to dodge unseasonably cold and dreary weather, we managed to squeeze in visits to the Alcázar gardens, puente romano, and the Mezquita. With Cindy we visited a traditional tea parlor and also tried local specialties like salmorejo and rabo de toro, or ox tail.

One striking parallel between both visits was that the visit to the Mezquita, which is arguably Córdoba’s most worthy and impressive sight, was seen at the tail-end of the trip. It was hardly an afterthought; our schedule simply did not permit a visit to the famous structure until Monday morning. We braced the cold to enter the hushed Mezquita and were able to soak in the silence. Twenty minutes later a quick glance at the watch told us that our time was up. We ran to catch our bus back to Madrid, weekend experts on feria and the major cordobés sights.

The entrance to the feria

Elaborate street art

The main square at lunchtime

Sunny skies (but umbrella in tow, por si las moscas)

Photo ops in the Alcázar gardens

That Roman bridge I keep babbling about

Drinking a minty brew in a traditional tetería

Night scenes with the Mezquita

No need for maps, follow the masses to feria

City center art

Reminders of Madrid

MmMm! Monday-morning Mezquita madness

What details of Córdoba do you like the most?

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  1. I love Cruzcampo’s marketing! What they did this year was take Sevilla’s old Fiestas de la Primavera posters from the 30s – 40s and modernize them a bit. We had the same ones in Sevilla.

  2. Cassandra

    I loved the idea, too! There were a couple of different posters but this was the one that seemed to be around every corner. Thanks for schooling me on poster history–l didn’t know where these images came from!

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