The Feria of Córdoba is arguably THE most important event in the calendar of this city and as it is literally and figuratively such a colourful occasion laden with history and tradition, I will warn you now this is a long but hopefully interesting post with plenty of pictures and information!
Spontaneous trips often turn out to be the best trips, ironically as you don’t have much time to plan what you are going to do with your time there!
I booked a train to El Puerto de Santa María (just under 3 hours from where I am in Córdoba) on a whim when some friends said they were going to go for our puente (bank holiday weekend but of 4 days).
As I had never been before and it is located in the province of Cádiz which I adore, I thought why not?
I never tire of seeing the Alcázar of Córdoba from across the street as I’ve written several times before on this blog, it makes me feel like I’ve stepped back in history to the al-Andalus era.
Its full name, the ‘Alcázar de Los Reyes Cristianos’, comes from the very people who re-built the once Visigothic structure in order to commemorate Spain’s reconquest from Islam back to Christianity in the 13th century.
Seville- capital of Andalucía. I’ve been here three times now and each time I have had quite a different experience as it is a large city (of 700,000 inhabitants) and I’ve come to think of it as a larger version of where I live in Córdoba. Architecturally and culturally, the two cities are not actually that different from each other.
I stumbled across Casa Andalusí in Córdoba inadvertently when looking for things to show my parents one scorching hot day in July last year. We had been around the spice- fragranced and leather draped markets all morning but now, at mid-day, it was time to seek refuge from the fierce Andaluz summer sun.