21.05.2019: To Córdoba

It is time to say adios to the Costa del Sol and head inland, to the historic city of Córdoba, a city which has stood there on the banks of river Guadalquivir at least since 8th Century BC. Slightly longer than, let’s say, Helsinki for instance.

At first we planned to take a bus from Málaga, as ALSA had some really affordable tickets for the routes (Málaga – Córdoba – Málaga Airport) for the dates we wanted. But when we decided to book the car, it changed our plans. This, of course, allows us to take our time to drive to places and gives us a bit more flexibility.


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The difference of the landscape between the coastal area of Málaga and when you head inland is very stark, as the mountainous areas seem to start immediately after turning the car towards Córdoba.

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If you are heading to Córdoba from Málaga area, there are a few options for the roads. And as Spain has road tolls, we of course opted to take the free roads, which add a few minutes to the trip, as A-45 is a free road after all.

Arriving Cordoba

The Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba (C) Two Queens Travel Blog 2019

After crossing the river Guadalquivir and following the directions from the GSP Lady we get our first glimpse of the building we wanted the most to see here in Córdoba; the Mezquita-Catedral.

And of course the GPS Lady wants to lead us directly to our destination, which unfortunately is located in a pedestrian zone, as our hotel is in the Old Town (conveniently located in the vicinity of the Mezquita). So we end up driving on small streets and trying to find another way to our pad.

So a bit of warning, if you have decided to book a hotel from the old town area; do not try to drive there! You should definitely contact the hotel beforehand and ask how and where to park before you arrive.

We ended up parking the car on the other side of the river and walking the 800 meters to the hotel. But in retrospect, it was worth it. Also, when we checked in, the receptionist lady (who might also be the owner?) advised us that there actually were two parking spots, out of which one was available, allocated for the hotel, so we ended up moving the car there! Which was even more convenient!

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