We left Ronda early as the journey to Córdoba would take around 3-3.5 hours and we wanted to get there at lunchtime so we had a half day to spend in the city.
The journey there took us through some wonderful scenery and some more somber scenery too. The torrential rain that destroyed part of the ancient Arab baths in Ronda also devastated the countryside in Malaga province. Fields still had acres of standing water especially around a town called Campillos where the rains claimed the life of a fireman as he tried to rescue some stranded people.
We also saw an amazing site – around 20-30 cranes standing in a field! It’s such a shame that scenes like these come and go so quickly as we’re travelling through so are not captured on my trusty camera phone.
Then the mood changed significantly as we drove up the hill approaching Córdoba itself. The van engine started to loose power and that pesky engine warning light came on again 🤣. Of course that wasn’t going to be the end of it because as we approached the ‘Aire’ outside the old city walls we missed the entrance and had to take a detour to find it again, we just missed it a second time but luckily the park attendant helped guide us out of the cemetery car park next door (don’t ask, we don’t know how we did it either) and we finally got in and parked up.
What a contrast to our last campsite! This was a car park, not a park so the spaces were inadequate but luckily it was quite empty so plenty of space. We weren’t expecting facilities, and we knew beforehand that if we wanted electricity it would cost €2 an hour (I know!!) and €2 to get fresh water. So we were prepared for that. What we weren’t prepared for was the price. Our research had said the price would be €11.95 per night which we were prepared to pay for the convenience of being within 10 minute stroll the the Mezquita. When we got there the 2018 tariff was €17.95 per night!!
So what with the sobering sights of floods, the engine playing up again and the expensive car park, we were not in a positive frame of mind for our city visit.
Still we ate some lunch and then walked into town. Here’s some of what we saw…
Córdoba reminded me of Granada as we walked around the streets, though less grand. What struck me was the abundance of orange trees lining so many of the streets. It must smell amazing in the Spring/early summer.
Córdoba also boasts a very well preserved (and maintained!) Roman bridge….
The big event for me and the main reason for visiting Córdoba was the Mezquita or Mosque-Cathedral, a well preserved Mosque with a Christian Cathedral built around it. Entrance to this wonderful building is free between 8:30-9:30am so the next morning we got up early and joined the modest crowd of cheapskates like us to see this magnificent site. I took loads of pictures, if you haven’t been here before, I hope these inspire you to go visit. Just don’t stay in the car park, find a hotel!
Here are a few pictures of the outside of the Mezquita or Mosque-Cathedral….
What hits you first as you go inside is the hundreds of red and white arches of the original Mosque….
… and how the architecture blends between the Muslim and Christian styles…
More of the Mosque…
More of the Cathedral….
Our visit to the Mezquita cheered us up a bit but we were happy to leave later that morning and head to a small town called Órgiva in the Alpujarra, south of the Sierra Nevada. If we like it, we plan to stay for around a week and plan what to do next about our bloody van. That’s if we don’t break down getting there.
Read all about it in our next instalment of Rose and Eric’s Big Adventure!!