Day Trips in CordobaEdit This
If you have a bit of extra time and you want to see more of what Spain--and more specifically, Andalucia--has to offer, there are plenty of day trips you can make. In fact, some of the biggest and most popular cities in the region are within easy driving distance of Cordoba. Here are a few of the more interesting places you can easily travel to from Cordoba, along with what you can expect to see once you're there.
Jaen 119 km
Jaen is only a 1 hour and 40 minute drive from Cordoba and offers a large variety of sights. You can climb Santa Catalina Hill for a view over the city and a close-up view of the large white cross situated at the top of the hill. The cross was set above the castle of Santa Catalina, also worth a visit and beautiful at sunset. As far as religious buildings, the Jaen Cathedral and the Church of Magdalene are both impressive for their architecture and artwork. You can tour the Provincial Museum to learn about Jaen's fine arts and history, and visit the Gothic-style Parador for something to eat. If you're in need of relaxation, don't forget to visit the Arabian baths.
Seville 142 km
You can reach Seville in approximately an hour and 45 minutes. One of the best things to do in this city is to catch a flamenco show--which you can do at the Casa de la Memoria. Seville is known throughout Spain as being top-notch destination for flamenco dancing. The Alcazar is a medieval Islamic palace that's definitely worth seeing. You can get great views of the city from the Giralda Tower, or you can roam around the Plaza de Espana to soak up an authentic Spanish atmosphere. Maria Luisa Park is relaxing, and no trip would be complete without a tour of the Plaza de Toros, as bullfighting is another industry for which Seville is famous.
Granada 210 km
Granada is a 2 hour and 20 minute scenic trip from Cordoba. You can't visit Spain without seeing the Alhambra, so it's definitely worth the time and effort. You can also check out the old Moorish district, the Albaicin, and take in the panoramic view of the Alhambra from the Mirador. The Sacromonte Caves offer some fantastic flamenco shows, made even more interesting because the shows take place underground. La Cartuja is an amazingly constructed monastery. You can also pick up an excellent kebab on your way to the Arabian baths for some spa time.
October 24, 2009 change by tiffanymparker