Cordoba is a city within the heart of Andalusia, in the southern region of Spain. It is not a coastal city, which seems to be an important requirement for many tourists looking for Spanish destinations. Nevertheless, it is not short on beauty, particularly within the historical city centre district. Once inside the downtown area, tourists can stop at one of the many Cordoba City Centre hotels.
Arriving by air is the most common way tourists visit the city of Cordoba. It is only a few kilometres from the heart of the town. While staying in downtown Cordoba, visitors will find that the best ways to get from A to B is on foot. Practice walking before holidaying in the city.
Shopping and dining are two of the most significant parts of the Cordobian culture. Eating is more than just filling the stomach in the city centre. Like other parts of Andalusia, dining is one of the most anticipated events in a local’s day. This is why so much time and effort goes into the cuisine here in Cordoba. One of the first things visitors will notice about the food here is the colour. Chefs tend to use very radiant foods to help sharpen the look of a dish. Red peppers, grapes, pumpkin and other colourful foods are often found in dishes, giving each meal that memorable look. However, don’t think chefs go to all that trouble to hide a bland meal. On the contrary, local cuisine is generally exciting, with spices and herbs added for that extra zing.
There are several favourite dishes that tourists cannot leave the city centre and not try. Gazpacho is a cold garlic soup dish that may not sound all that exciting, but has become one of the signature dishes of the region. At the same time, a thicker gazpacho dish called salmorejo is also a staple dish that is quiet popular. Blood sausage, oxtail stew and a rice dish called paella are also quite renowned. After the main course is complete, desserts are the next option. Tocino de cielo, pestinos, and alfajores are some of the tastiest treats in the city.
Dining is only part of the fun. Shopping is held in high regard here, especially in the city centre. There are plenty of exciting shopping spots found throughout the Cordoba downtown area. First off, the El Corte Ingles department store is one of the largest in Andalusia, offering almost everything under the sun for shoppers. Dining is even quite popular here. Modern day, world renowned fashion labels and retail stores are located here. In addition to the department store aforementioned, the Plaza de las Tendillas and the Avenida de Gran Capitan are also great places to go for modern shopping experiences.
Shopping in Cordoba is also popular for its abundance of traditional leather and ceramic products. Some of the stores located around the city centre, especially within the old Jewish district, have been in operation for several generations. In addition to a shopping place, some of these stores are also major attractions for tourism in the city centre.
Visitors must remember that part of the Spanish culture is the daytime siesta. This is the rest that most locals have in the afternoon. Department stores and major shopping centres like El Corte Ingles don’t usually stop for a siesta. However, other street side stores and businesses will usually close for a few hours at around 13:30, then open again in the early evening. At first, this practice may seem inconvenient at first, but tourists soon get used to it!
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