Cordoba, Spain
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Of all the cities in Andalusia, Cordoba has perhaps the strongest Moorish influences. This reflects in the city's architecture, atmosphere, and the impressive Mezquita that rivals Granada's Alhambra as one of Spain's most astounding Moorish structures.

Getting to Cordoba

Thanks to high-speed trains, Cordoba is easily accessible from bigger cities including Malaga and Madrid, which means it's an easy weekend break. If you're flying in, the nearest international airport is Malaga, which has numerous direct flights from London, Manchester and other UK cities.

What to do in Cordoba

The number one attraction in Cordoba is La Mezquita, a mesmerising structure dating back to 784 AD that's part mosque, part cathedral. You can climb the Torre Campanario bell tower, get lost in the orange trees in the Patio de los Naranjos courtyard, or participate in the daily Mass, which is celebrated here at 9:30am Monday to Saturday and at 12pm and 1:30pm on Sundays.

But while La Mezquita may be Cordoba's claim to fame, the city has plenty of other draws. One of these is the cuisine: a tantalising mix of traditional tapas and Arabic-inspired dishes. Some of our favourites are salmorejo (a cold, garlic-heavy tomato-based soup garnished with jamon serrano and hard-boiled egg) and el rabo de toro (bull's tail stew).

However you spend your holidays in Cordoba, you're sure to be treated to a feast for the senses. Jasmine-covered patios, white-washed houses and energetic flamenco music help make this city a romantic and unforgettable destination

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