Along La Ribera and the Roman Bridge in Córdoba

La Ribera means riverbank, similar to riviera in French.

When you search Córdoba, Spain, on Google, the Guadalquivir riverside and its famous UNESCO Roman bridge and Mezquita dominate most of the images and for good reason too.

It is the heart of Córdoba and is a spectacularly beautiful site which never gets old or boring to me. It looks pleasant on photos but no justice is done compared to actually being there and taking it in with your own eyes. The sound of the river streaming past with bats swirling overhead and the sunset behind the Mezquita makes for a truly stunning setting.

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My Experience at Choco- one of Córdoba’s Michelin Star Restaurants

Choco

Calle Compositor Serrano Lucena, 14, 14010

I was very fortunate to receive the wonderful gift of dinner at Choco for my 30th birthday, from my brother and sister.

Choco is one of Córdoba’s current three Michelin star restaurants (quite impressive for a relatively small city of 300,000 people). The head chef and creator is Kisko García, a native Córdobes who was awarded his Michelin star in 2012.

The mission of Choco is to take diners on a culinary tour of Andalucía of the five senses which he researched personally on a detailed tour throughout the region, discovering the herbs, vegetables, fruits, meats and dairy grown, made and used in homes and restaurants across the land.

All products are locally sourced with a vast selection of good wines- I was even surprised to see local Córdobes red wines which I didn’t know were produced here. (This information is taken and translated from his website at www.restaurantechoco.es )

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Yoga Retreat in the Sierra de Córdoba

The Sierra Morena, the hills of Córdoba, offer another perspective to the visitor or resident. It is a rough, brushy and seemingly uninhabitable zone which I am still yet to fully acquaint myself with but there is actually  a lot more to it than meets the eye.

Most locals tend to visit the Sierra for bike-riding or for the beloved Spanish tradition of the perol (cooking a big pan of rice to be shared with the family or a large group of friends) and I have experienced the joy of this several times myself.

So when I saw that my yoga teacher Ángela (Lumiere Zen Garden) was organising a weekend retreat in the Sierra de Córdoba, I messaged her immediately and booked myself on.

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A Walk Around La Judería of Córdoba (the Jewish quarter/old town)

Córdoba isn’t one of the most famous cities in Andalucía and is often unfairly overlooked.

However, UNESCO hasn’t overlooked Córdoba as its centre is recognised as a World Heritage Site, along with the recently awarded Medina Azahara, 20 minutes out of the city.

UNESCO recognises Córdoba’s Historic Centre as its Mezquita, Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, Roman Bridge and Calahorra Tower and the streets all around the district of the Mezquita.

This area is known as La Judería which means the Jewish Quarter.

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The Alhambra of Granada

Of all of Spain’s architectural gems, the Alhambra Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is its most precious treasure.

It is so stunning inside and outside, close up and from afar that it is impossible to take it all in- every corner reveals yet more painstaking artisanal carvings and monuments and astonishing views across Granada. (Read about the city of Granada here)

Situated in the hills overlooking the city, with the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains in the distance, its presence can be felt at all times in this city and there are several vantage points for the best views such as the Mirador San Nicolás (pictured below):

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