Bringing Spring to Autumn in Córdoba- Festival FLORA

In 2017, the Ayuntamiento de Córdoba (council) decided to liven up the city’s autumn calendar with an event which would bring alegría (joy) to the streets.

Córdoba is synonymous with the season of spring and even the month of May is adopted by it, known affectionately as ‘El mayo córdobes‘.

This is a culturally rich season celebrating the arrival of Andalucía’s most pleasant weather where locals and tourists alike descend upon the Cata del Vino, the Cruces de mayo and the mother of all Córdobes festivals, the Feria de Nuestra Señora de la Salud.

However, its autumn had been lacking something. As the much awaited cooler weather draws in, there tended not to be much to look forward to until Christmas.

What better idea then to bring international artists, floral art installations, light and melodies to town?

Thus, Festival FLORA was conceived.

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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 Roman Temple of Córdoba: Some Brief Facts

Standing incongruously in what is now a pedestrianised area of shops and bars in Córdoba, it still strikes me that there is a Roman temple in the middle of all of that.

It isn’t the biggest and it isn’t the most impressive Roman temple you can see and it certainly isn’t Córdoba’s biggest touristic pull to the city but it is attractive and lends a touch of history and grandeur to an otherwise generic (but lovely- one of my favourites!) street.

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