Córdoba was definitely a must see during the internship and its close proximity via train or bus means it is pretty easy to get to from Sevilla. We took a train in the morning from Santa Justa station after cycling there.
We travelled second class but it did feel like the first class carriages back in the UK as it was very comfortable. The two and a half hour journey flew by as the nine of us chatted and talked about our weird experiences in Spain. An especially good story included a man who had a microwave which he tried to walk like a dog by dragging it by the cable across the road.
The train station was about a 20 minute walk from the old and interesting part of Córdoba. The first thing we wanted to do was eat, drink coffee and find a toilet. In the centre we found a very Spanish café that gave breakfasts. Next to it was a Subway. Some of us opted for Subway and got their food fairly quickly but I was too snobby to resort to a sub when in an Andalucian town. And so we waited for our ‘café con leche’ and our ‘tostadas’.
Going out for breakfast with friends and collegeauges is a big thing here and unlike the overpriced brunch places back home, it is fairly affordable. You can get a good breakfast for under €3.00. ‘Tostada’ is very popular and it is basically the best toast you will have. People don’t tend to like sweet toppings on their toast here so the basic option is olive oil, salt and tomato. I upgraded mine by adding some cheese and for the meat eaters there is the option of ‘jamon’.
Then the strolling and photographing of picturesque alleyways commenced in spite of the slightly downcast weather.
After, we walked across the bridge and looked at the river whilst debating whether a dog shaped rock was in fact a deceased dog. I wouldn’t say it was the highlight of Córdoba but it definitely kept us entertained much longer than one would expect. We missed the morning shift of the mosque so we killed a couple of hours by sitting in bars drinking and seeing the Spanish Inquisition Museum.
For €3 you can make yourself feel physically uncomfortable by being amazed at just how imaginative and creative they were in their ability to violate a human being. I thought it was a bit gratuitous because they gave very little information about the background of the Inquisition whilst just displaying torture instruments with vivid descriptions.
After facing queasiness which pales in comparison to the suffering of the victims we decided to head to lunch. As per usual I cannot remember the name of the place but we got salmorejo and tortilla which we had outside on some stone steps. The place had a massive queue which is always a good sign. Salmorejo is considered to be a speciality of Córdoba so it was a ‘must eat’.
I had only heard of Gazpacho before but Salmorejo is definitely better as it is thicker due to the addition of bread. Both soups are eaten cold and are very refreshing in the heat. You can get your salmorejo fix by getting ready made cartons of the stuff in Spanish supermarkets which are surprisingly good. Drizzle olive oil, pepper and add some chopped egg and jamon to get the authentic feel.
Finally, it was time to see Mezquita Cathedral which was the reason we came. There really isn’t much that I can say to describe the beauty of the architecture which featured beautiful ceilings and the famous arches so I will let my photos do the talking. All the visitors were quiet from the awe of it and we were no exception.
We went for a stroll afterwards through the Jewish quarter and found a pretty courtyard which wasn’t quite as breathtaking as the Mezquita- Cathedral but still worth getting cameras out.
And finally after some more drinks we bid Córdoba farewell and took our train to Sevilla our home for three months.