Welcome to Cordoba, Spain
Cordoba is a small town perfect for exploring by foot. It is a well-known stop in the backpacker path of Andalucia due to the Mesquita in town. I thought it was incredibly charming and enjoyed my time here.
The number one sight to see in Cordoba is the mosque turned cathedral in the center of town. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Monument and is breathtakingly beautiful. For my first time in the building, I did a night tour called “El Alma de Cordoba” through the structure. This costs 18 euros normally but with a student id card (doesn't have to be from the EU) it is much cheaper; half price if I remember correctly. With the student discount, this tour is very worth your while. The visit begins with an introductory video and then is followed by a guided tour through the building.
For a normal daytime visit, the Mesquita is freely open to the public from 8:30 to 9:30am Monday-Saturday. After that, you will have to pay an eight euro entrance fee to see the inside of the building.
The Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos
Another main attraction in Cordoba is the Alcazar. Go roam the gardens of this palace from the 1300s. If you're daring, you may even find some fresh fruit to pick off of the trees. Fun fact: this is where Christopher Columbus presented his plans to find a sea route to India.
Again, it is free to enter the complex from 8:30-9:30am. Afterwards, it will cost €4.50 or €2.25 for a student under age 26.
Closed on Mondays.
To be honest, I did not eat out once in Cordoba. I went to the grocery store, bought eggs, bread, cheese, olives, and a pepper for about €5. Between these ingredients and some pasta I found at my hostel, this lasted me three days. On my last day, I combined my leftovers with the leftovers of two other travelers and we made a feast.
The grocery store is located a bit out of the center city. To get there, walk to the river, turn left, and walk along until you see the big orange Eroski sign. It will appear to be on the other side of the river, but the river bends before you get to the supermarket so you will not have to cross over. This is an enormous shopping center and the grocery store is just one small section of it.
I stayed at Osio Backpackers hostel. I enjoyed my stay here and had no problems besides being told to be quiet in the kitchen starting at 10 or 11pm. This hostel doubles as a hotel so there were older guests as well as families paying more money for nicer rooms. Despite this fact, I would still recommend Osio as it was the cheapest hostel I found in Cordoba, the rooms were nice and clean, and there is a great roof to hang out on.