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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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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Medina Azahara: A Guide to the Site of the Former Capital of al-Andalus

The Medina Azahara, or as it is sometimes stylised, the Madinat al-Zahra, is an unsung wonder of an archeological site but it really is so much more than that.

This site was once the powerful capital of al-Andalus with a marvellous vantage point for keeping a watch across Córdoba and continues to be shrouded in mystery and romance today, from its brief but colourful 80 year existence.

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