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PalenQ Jun 25th, 2017 02:41 PM

I wonder if those picking Cordoba over Granada, have actually been to Granada.>

I have been to both and for me Cordoba hands down -in spite of Alhambra I found Granada to be a huge rather blah city with lots of smog.

Granada's drawback is it is so far away - takes about 3.5 hours by direct train each way plus then getting from the station to Alhambra- on a day trip no time to see its other joys. Cordoba is a bit smaller I'd say and more compact in termsof sites.

It's kind of foolish to pick one over the other so other factors are important - a day trip - Cordoba about an hour away each way. easy choice.

Loacker Jun 25th, 2017 03:32 PM

PalenQ, I guess you weren't wearing your glasses when you visited AlHambra, because you seem to be describing a completely different city.

Granada is a much more pleasant city than Cordoba.

Cordoba is a concrete monstrosity outside the historical center and has some of the ugliest buildings I have ever seen.

It's foolish to compare the Mezquita to Alhambra. Both are important in their own rights.

But to say Cordoba is a prettier city than Granada, one can't help but question your aesthetic sense.

PalenQ Jun 25th, 2017 03:48 PM

But to say Cordoba is a prettier city than Granada, one can't help but question your aesthetic sense.>

In my memoryand it was a whiles ago (OK memory iffy at best), I had the opposite feeling -except for areas north of the Alfama where they had tiny lanes the rest of Cordoba for me had a busy Madrid-like look and feel for me - enough said. Beauty is indeed in the I of the beholder- but it has been probably 20 years since I visited either - but that is my impression. Inner Cordoba a much more smaller city feeling for me- Granada saw this only in the preceints of the Alfama. who knows maybe I visited Cordoba on a Sunday and Granada on a weekeday? I just know I strolled from the cathedral area- a real warren of whitewashed lanes if I recall right- to several really neat monasteries, other churches, convents, etc.

I would not compare Cordoba's cathedral and former mosque to the Alhambra -one of Europe's true top ten mesmerizing monumental sights and the finest Moorish thing left in Europe. You are right on that but the Cordoba cathedral is perhaps the 2nd best Moorish relic in Europe?

I wonder how others here feel about that - which the dreamier, old-world pretty - Cordoba or Granada or draw?

CounterClifton Jun 25th, 2017 05:16 PM

Granada has a lot going for it as a place to do some poking around beyond the (much deserved) admiration for the Alhambra. There's a lot of history in the cathedral, the hills of the Albaicin are as close as you're going to get to a Moorish neighbourhood without heading across the straights. Even the more modern city around the square and market is pleasant (though the trinket market isn't exactly a place to find yourself a treasure)

Bedar Jun 25th, 2017 05:53 PM

The point here is not which city is nicer but rather how to make sure the OP will get to see the two main gems of Spain in only two days !

CounterClifton Jun 25th, 2017 06:00 PM

Good point. Granada is a lot to see and a pretty far haul from Seville for a short sidetrip. Sometimes, the more there is to recommend a place, the more it's a shame to try to shoehorn it in.

suec1 Jun 25th, 2017 06:06 PM

The comparaison is not between the structure in Cordoba (Mexquita) and the Alhambra! The Mesquita is totally different than the Alhambra. The two that are similar are the Alcazar in Seville and the Alhambra in Granada. All three are IMO A list sights, the outlying cities pretty superfluous but I think Cordoba has a nice "old city" core.

Bedar Jun 25th, 2017 06:33 PM

Yes, but when tourists come from a great distance and have very little time, they have to shoehorn in most things. I lived in Spain for 20 yrs and had the luxury of seeing all this numerous times; others don't have that luxury and so have to squeeze in as much as possible. These two places are monumental monuments and must both be seen.

PalenQ Jun 26th, 2017 11:48 AM

These two places are monumental monuments and must both be seen.>

agreed but on a day trip where they have to chose -Cordoba just for being so close and also even if #2 to Granada has lots to fill a day.

Bedar Jun 26th, 2017 12:14 PM

Pal - don't you read what people have written above ? They can start out early for Cordoba, see the Mezquita and whatever else, have lunch, and then continue on to Granada.

PalenQ Jun 26th, 2017 12:17 PM

They can start out early for Cordoba, see the Mezquita and whatever else, have lunch, and then continue on to Granada.>

Yeh but they hardly have time to see one of those amazing cities not two -but yeh if they just want to see the two famous things it is very possible.

I would not recommend it but very possible.

MyriamC Jun 27th, 2017 10:48 AM

<<I wonder if those picking Cordoba over Granada, have actually been to Granada.
Granada blows Cordoba out of the water.>>
Yes, we have been twice. I prefer the smaller and for me Córdoba blows Granada out of the water. To each his own, I guess.
Besides that, a day trip from Sevilla to Granada is 3 and a half hours one-way on the train. Seven hours in total (crazy!) which leaves too little time to appreciate the sights in Granada. Sevilla to Córdoba is only 45 min.

Doing the two cities in one day? Just to be able to say: I have been to Córdoba and to Granada. Stupid, IMO.

Loacker Jun 27th, 2017 12:35 PM

<<Doing the two cities in one day? Just to be able to say: I have been to Córdoba and to Granada. Stupid, IMO.>>

The OP mentioned they have two extra days, in addition to their
Trying to fit 2 UNESCO Heritage sites in 2 days is the smartest thing one can do, in my opinion, and is totally feasible as detailed below.
Much smarter than not seeing Alhambra because some lazy forum members are all about kicking back and sipping sangrias.

Yes more time would be ideal. but Cordoba and Granada are all about the Mezquita and Alhambra anyway.

Christina Jun 27th, 2017 12:41 PM

<<I wonder if those picking Cordoba over Granada, have actually been to Granada. Granada blows Cordoba out of the water.>>

I don't know about blowing, but I would say it is obvious that people are saying Cordoba because of the logistics, that's all. I thought that was obvious. I imagine everyone who gave advice has been to both of them, not sure, I know I have. I do not agree with the idea that there is some rule that you have to spend days viewing the ALhambra or you shouldn't go or that you HAVE to view it at night for some mystical reason.

Loacker Jun 27th, 2017 01:08 PM

Christina, I agree. But people here are under the impression that OP only has one extra day. In this case, of course Cordoba would make more sense logistically.

But now it looks like OP has two extra days, which is enough time to see both the Mezquita and Alhambra, imo the highlights of Cordoba and Granada.

PalenQ Jun 27th, 2017 01:11 PM

i have a limited amount of time in Seville and hence i am having to choose 2 day trips out if the below liated 3.>

This gave me the impression that OP wants to one day-trips out of Seville where they probably have booked or planned on a 3-day stay. Your are guessing they want to to 2 days away from Seville leaving just a one night stay there.

Loacker Jun 27th, 2017 01:38 PM

OH oK PalenQ, thanks for clarifying this. I spent 5 days in Seville and didn't wanna leave. It's such a beautiful city.

PalenQ Jun 27th, 2017 01:42 PM

Actually doesn't say how much time OP has in Seville but just "limited".

And yes Seville is so neat you want more than one day there.

If just spending one day in Seville and doing 2 days trips - maybe better to base in Cordoba and day trip to Granada and Seville.

But I think Seville is the finest of them all, overall.

Bedar Jun 27th, 2017 02:12 PM

Get some glasses !! In the third post down, the OP says that two (2) days will be spent in Seville.

Loacker Jun 27th, 2017 02:19 PM

The OP started WWIII and disappeared.


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