Hiiiiii Erasmuser, if you are reading this, it is because Córdoba enters in your Erasmus plans. You may have heard something about it, but you have not just decided. Don’t worry, in this blog I will give you a few reasons that will make you want to start to prepare your bags.
First of all, you should know that Córdoba is declared as one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. This city stands out mainly for the mixture of Christian and Muslim cultures.
Córdoba is lovely, maybe for its narrow streets, colorful pots on the balconies, its people, gastronomy, weather… there are so many reasons that there would not be enough pages to number them.
Do you want to continue discovering the city?
Keep reading and discover the fantastic 7 reasons to go on Erasmus to Córdoba.

City review

I would recommend you Córdoba if…

🏘 You are looking for a calm city.
☺️ You are looking for a family friendly place.

I would not recommend you Córdoba if…

🏖 You are looking for a place with sea.
🌃You are looking for a cosmopolitan/varied city.

Prices

🛏Room → 230€
🍺Beer 0,5L → 2 €
🍽Menu → 11 €

Weather

🌧 Cold and not very cloudy winters
🔥 Warm and long summers
🌡️ Annual average is 17.8 ° C

The People

 🥰 Lovely and open

Gastronomy

Main courses
🍅 Gazpacho
🐃 Rabo de toro
🥖 Flamenquín
🐟 Boquerones en vinagre
🐟 Japuta en adobo
🐖 Jamón ibérico

Dessert
🍰 Pastel cordobés

Top 5 most representative monuments 

🕌 Mezquita-Catedral
🏰 Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos
🕌 Medina Azahara
🌉 Puente Romano
⛲️ Plaza de la Corredera

1.  Because of the weather

It may surprise you, since, when we think of Andalusia, good weather  throughout the year comes to mind, but it is interesting that you know that if you are considering going on Erasmus to Córdoba, it is a city of extremes. With this I mean that when it is hot, it is very hot, but when it is cold it is very cold, although it is not as in Siberia, of course, but the temperatures are quite low.

Winter

It is cold, although not exaggerated as in the Nordic countries, but temperatures fall below 0 degrees. Moreover, there are some winters in which has snowed in the capital, and in its surrounding towns it always snows.

  • Average winter temperature: 4ºC.

Summer

In summer it is very hot, reaching temperatures of more than 40 degrees, it is also very long, since it is not only hot in the summer months (June, July and August), it usually starts at the end of April (month in which it is hot, but it also rains a lot) until the end of September. Of course, in the toughests months (July and August) the heat can be overwhelming.

  • Average summer temperature: 19ºC.

2. Its people 🥰

The pleasant climate affects this. The Cordovan character is characterized by being friendly and outgoing, they are able to give you what you need without knowing you. They always have things to say, so, if you are a shy, calm person, they will get your words out and don’t worry about the language, because with gestures we all understand each other, there is no barrier.

The curious thing about Cordoba is that if you need to know any address, and they see that you are a foreigner, they will not only tell you what you want to know, but they will recommend places to visit, restaurants… They are true extroverts! and that is very cool!

3. Gastronomy 😋

Another of the main reasons why you should go on Erasmus to Córdoba is for its gastronomy. It has a Mediterranean base, and is the most complete in all of Andalusia due to its great variety of meats and vegetables, it is also characterized by its fresh dishes such as salmorejo and its delicious boquerones en vinagre, without neglecting other typical dishes like flamenquin the japuta adobado and of course, its jamón ibérico accompanied by a typical wine of the area.

If you want to enjoy the best of Cordoba cuisine, I recommend eating at a tavern in the city center or visiting one of its wineries to enjoy a good wine.

The areas in value for quality-price, , I recommend La Judería, the terraces of la ribera del Guadalquivir  and the Plaza de las Tendillas.

In the Victoria Market it is another option to taste a little of everything.

As people of Cordoba say, “bad for bad, better tavern than hospital”  (“mal por mal, mejor taberna que hospital”).

These are some typical restaurants where you can enjoy Cordoba cuisine:

  • Bodegas Campos – It is clear that you have to start with a classic, this is Bodega Campos.Calle Linares, 32.
  • Restaurante Cuatro manos – Calle San Felipe, 13.
  • Taberna Salinas – Here you can taste the true Andalusian flavors.Calle Tundidores, 3.
  • El Churrasco – A typical restaurant with a lot of history and quality meats. Calle Romero, 16.
  • El Patio de María – An experience to eat in a typical patio in Cordoba. Calle Don Rodrigo, 7.

4. Streets, alleys and squares

There is nothing more beautiful than walking through the streets and alleys of Córdoba, many of them take you to beautiful squares. As I said before, Córdoba has a mixture of cultures. This makes walking through its streets a whole pass, you can find from streets of Muslim origin, to medieval and modern times, yes, with a very Andalusian touch, both the streets and the courtyards of the oldest houses are full of flowers. 🌺🌹

If you do your Erasmus in Córdoba, you cannot miss the following streets and squares:

  • Calleja de los Arquillos
  • Calleja del Pañuelo
  • Plaza del  Potro
  • Calleja de la Luna
  • Calleja de la Hoguera
  • Plaza de Capuchinos 
  • Calleja  las Flores
  • Plaza Corredera

5. Monuments

Did you know that the old town of Córdoba is a World Heritage Site? By the way, if you’re curious, check out the cities with World Heritage sites in Spain.

It is a spectacle to walk through the center: you can see monuments that reflect the passage of Romans, Jews, Muslims and Christians, from the most important monument in Spain, La Mezquita-Catedral, to the ruins of Medina Azahara, or visit the castillo de Almodóvar, contemplate its Hermitages, lose yourself in the Judería .. Córdoba, as you can see, goes a long way.

I leave you a list of the landmarks that you must visit:

  • 🕌 Mezquita-Catedral: One of the most important monuments in Spain, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1984
  • 🏰 Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos: This building has given much of itself, it has been military headquarters, royal residence, jail, administrative center
  • 🕌 Medina Azahara: One of the most important archaeological sites in the world, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2018
  • 🌉 Puente Romano: Since its construction in the first century B.C., this bridge was the only one in the city for twenty centuries
  • ⛲️ Plaza de la Corredera: The only rectangular main square in Andalusia
  • 🐎 Caballerizas Reales:  It was founded by Felipe II with the aim of creating the purebred Spanish horse. The stables house fifteen 19th-century carriages
  • 🕌 Sinagoga: One of the three synagogues prior to the fifteenth century preserved in Spain is that of Cordoba

6. Transportation

The size of Cordoba is perfect to walk on foot and enjoy its charm walking. Although, if you need to move somewhere farther from the center, I recommend you take the bus.

🚌 Bus – Aucorsa

  • 1.30 € –> Single ticket
  • 1.60 €–> Special ticket (for further trips): 
  • 0.58 € –> (trip) Student bus voucher card: 
  • 33 €–> 30-day card 
  • 28 €–> Young card 

🚲 Bicycle – Ciclocity –> Free

7+1. Party or chill 🍻

Are you one of those looking for a party? Or rather get out and chill? Well, in Córdoba there are all kinds of premises with a very good atmosphere. The old town of Córdoba is the preferred place for students to go out, whether to drink or party.
The list of places that I am going to leave you next are fashionable, you can dance until your body says enough! or have a drink in a more relaxed environment.

Let’s start!! Raise your hand if you want to party !! 🕺🏼

  • Bambú – Calle Conde de Robledo, 1
  • Góngora – Calle Góngora, 10
  • La Posada de Babylonia – Calle Fernando de Córdoba, 8

Today, we shall chill!

  • Sojo Ribera – Paseo de la Ribera, 1
  • O’Donoghue’s Irish Pub – Av. del Gran Capitán, 38
  • Long Rock – Calle Teniente Braulio Laportilla, 6
Warning places

⚠️ Warnings

Córdoba is a fairly safe city, although as in any city, there are a couple of troublesome neighborhoods… why deny it, and more than crime, it is a poverty matter.

  • Calle Rey Heredia, At the end of this street there is prostitution, but nothing dangerous, you will only see a sad spectacle.

Neighborhoods or areas to avoid:

  • Poligono Guadalquivir (sector sur)
  • Las Margaritas
  • Barrio las Moreras

Time to close the post

I hope this blog has cleared all your doubts and you decided that this the chosen destination for your Erasmus.

Uupsss, and to end up now…

If you have any questions you can leave them in the comments, and I will respond as soon as possible. Will Córdoba be your Erasmus destination? 🤔 If so, it would be interesting to prepare your bags, I leave this post of the essential for your Erasmus suitcase.🙂

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