Cordoba Province is a land of contrasts. Bisected east to west by the mighty Guadalqiver River and its tributaries the central portion is very fertile and has been extensively cultivated since Neolithic times. Both Romans and Moors appreciated this ‘bread basket’ of Spain. The former dotted numerous villas about the landscape whilst the latter built Cordoba with its famous Mosque-cathedral, the Mezquita, the capital of Muslim Spain,
To the south the high craggy limestone ridges and peaks of the Subbetica range support olive groves, white villages and small towns with Baroque architecture. In the north are the slightly lower but equally rugged regions of the Sierra Morena range, land fought over by Tartessians and Oretani people for the ores of copper, iron and lead found there.
With a population just over 800,000 and an area of 14,000 square kilometres with 40% living in the capital, Cordoba province is not overcrowded, it is a land of quiet roads and wild countryside with watchfully spiraling raptors interspersed with villages, all with a square and a bar where watchful locals notice every stranger. Apart from the capital the province is off the normal tourist routes, it is a place to sample the real Spain and real Spanish cooking.
Córdoba is a city best explored on foot; parking can be difficult. It is impossible to see everything in one day. It can take the best part of a day to walk around the walls from the west gate to the south gate particularly if you wander off into the gardens and examine the bathhouses, the stately buildings and towers that seem to spring up every few metres and occasionally stop to take in the views across the river or spend time partaking of refreshments at some of the many charming courtyard cafés you will encounter. More....
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