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Located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, Cordoba was the Roman and Moorish capital of Spain, and was a leading center for science and philosophy in the 9th and 10th century. Today the tradition of learning and beauty continues to flourish. The city is known for cultural and historical treasures, as well as the allure of its winding, whitewashed streets and nearby vineyards.
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  • Art and Culture
  • Food and Wine
  • Museums

Experiences

  • Córdoba's mosque ( Mezquita ) is a stunning example of Spanish Moorish architecture, with over 800 boldly striped columns.
  • Museo Julio Romero de Torres specializes in the work of this artist who loved to paint slightly racy portraits of Andalusian temptresses.
  • The lovely Romanesque Iglesia de San Miguel offers the perfect combination of food and art.

Festivals

  • The International Guitar Festival brings major artists to the city in July.
  • Córdoba parties hard for Carnival during the days leading up to Lent.

Side Trips

  • Medina Azahara, 5 miles (8 km) west of Córdoba, was a summer pleasure palace built in 936 AD.
  • Sample the rich wine cultivated in Montilla, 28 miles (45.1 km) south of Córdoba.

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