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Cordoba and La Herradura

Days 59 & 60: The Mosque/Cathedral and Spain's Tropical Coast


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We stopped in Cordoba on our way to the coast, so we could visit Cordoba's famous mosque/cathedral, "La Mesquita". Like Sevilla, Cordoba was a key city for the Arabic empire. We walked across the Roman Bridge and explored the visitors center, which had cool ruins of olive oil production/preservation from when the Romans occupied the area. We also learned at the visitor's center that La Mesquita was closed for tourists until 2pm for a religious ceremony, which is precisely when we hoped to be on the rode to our beach town. Hmmmm....
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We snooped around the entrance and saw people were able to enter if they were going to mass. So, Stephen and I were clearly in Cordoba that day for the canonization mass! We talked our way past the guard, and were able to stand in the back. Our eyes wandered to the beautiful columns collected from around Europe, to the beautiful mujedar architecture, the arches, and then showed ourselves out.
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We got 2 euro tickets to go up the bell tower, and got to enjoy great views of Cordoba over the mesquita and over town. We had a picnic on the way back to the car and hit the road.
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We drove from Cordoba down to Malaga, and then turned left and had views of the coast all the way to La Herradura. We are staying in this horseshoe-shaped cove for 3-nights, and have immensely enjoyed taking in views of the cove from the terrace over breakfast and tapas-style dinners we've put together with gazpacho, manchego cheese, cured ham and Spanish wine. Our host Valle has lent us beach towels and an umbrella to use, so we've treated ourselves to languid days relaxing at the beach and snorkeling.
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Tomorrow we take off for Granada, and have an evening entrance to the Alhambra palace.

Posted by GenovevaLewis 01:01 Archived in Spain Tagged andalusia cordoba costatropical

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