On day 7 (April 04 2014) we started from Madrid’s after our check out from the hotel there via Metro from Puerta del Sol to Atocha and then use the long distance train from Atocha at 7 am to Cordoba where we arrived at around 8.40 am. Had a coffee and croissant in the train.
We had to keep our luggage somewhere before we start on the day tour. There is one private luggage locker just opposite on the left hand side of the station. But it was closed at that time and when we went and inquired the next door person told us that it opens only by 9.30 am. So we had to wait till then and once the guy came we fixed up our luggage in the lockers available and then the kind owner of that place gave us a map and also told us various places (quite a few of them already on our list) to check out. He asked us to come and collect the luggage by 7.30 pm because he will be closing by 8 pm sharp and we had a train to catch that night by 8.30 pm to our next destination.
From there our walking tour started. We started the walk from the Renfe Station to make that big circle tour according to the map. We started walking to the Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba via the road Paseo de la Victoria road through the Puerta de Almodóvar route.
It looks like a city inside this gate and without a map we could easily get lost with so many small roads going in all directions. After walking back and forth and inside the small roads and stopping frequently for photographs we finally reached the Mosque-Cathedral. The city is in Andalusia and these kind of small streets are typical of this region. It also looks like we are in places like Turkey or Greece (as I have seen them on Television or photographs).
This cathedral has all the looks of a mosque still and preparations were going on inside for the Holy week that was coming in two weeks. It was totally a different feel to be inside this Cathedral because of the unique architecture and it was little bit crowded, looked like a proper tourist place. The columns of the mosque and the high dome are a specialty. I have been only to one mosque in Kualalumpur and this definitely looked like that with those columns. We split and we took our own time to go around looking at the various sculptures and descriptions that were written on each part.
After spending enough time inside (not that big and yet not that small) we walked our way towards the Roman Bridge on the other side which is preceded by a big gate named as Puerta del Puente, which has a fountain before that.
Coming from those small streets suddenly we are presented with this beautiful landscape, it was just awesome 🙂 The fountain , the huge gate and the bridge. We decided to walk along the bridge to the other side and see if wanted to go from there or just come back. There were some people selling small small stuff in the bridge but then in a few minutes we were there, the police came and asked them to clear away. It was quite cold that day with some clouds and the water was gushing down in the Guadalquivir river below the bridge. Once we went to the other side, we saw that the next place we had planned was too far away and so after some exploring (going down from the bridge and coming on the other side by C) we started walking back to the same route we came to go to Alcazar.
The walk to the Alcazar is along side the river if you see the map and then take a right to enter the road that leads to Alcazar. The Alcazar is that of the Christian Monarchs and it has a ruler guarding the gate. We went in and started looking around.
They had these baths, some different kind of paintings in a separate room, a very nice small garden near the bath, and a Tower, which wasn’t that bad, but still a little steep. From the tower we could see the city very well and the garden of Alcazar and the ruins inside too. The garden was amazing. It was huge and there was a small girl in fairy dress who was being photographed by professionals. She was so so cute giving all those cute poses. The range of flowers there and the oranges …. too good. We went around for a while and then came back when we started hungry.
We checked around after coming out of Alcazar for a place to eat and found a small restaurant near it because we were very hungry by then. But again vegetarian was an issue. Myself and A ordered veg salad but that still came with Tuna even though we had mentioned the lady that we didn’t want tuna with it. Then she had to replace it and after some bread and salad and some rest during lunch, we started walking again. Now this time towards a Syangogue
There was a guy playing very nice guitar on the way there, which was through a Jewish quarter. There was a small group already inside and we went in once we got some space and checked out. It is very small and we can see a lot of similarities between the ones we saw in other places. After the Synagogue we walked all the way to Roman Temple, on the way stopping for a BIG scoop of Gelato icecream in a small shop on the way. It was all the way on the other side.
We couldn’t go inside the office and get some details as it was closed. So we had to look at it from outside and then after some photographs, walk slowly from there all the way back to the park which goes to the luggage place. It was almost around 5 pm or so and we were tired of all the walking around. On the way back we stopped near a park and had a coffee in a restaurant and then played 20 questions in the park nearby. At around 6 pm or so, we decided that we might as well walk back because it was still quite some distance and then when we reached the place near the luggage locker we started looking for dinner or some snacks to fill ourselves. But none was open at the time except for some soup. We went here and there and then one guy there took us to a place which was more of a beer place but they had some sandwich so we were good to go and a drink doesn’t harm anyways. Once we were done we came to the locker by 7.30 pm sharp, checkout our luggage and then went to the station to wait for our train which would take us to Seville (not far actually).
When we reached Seville that night it was around 9.30 pm or more, we took a taxi from the station and got in our hotel and checked in (we had called ahead that we will be checking in late that day) and once we were done with the formalities myself and B went around for some nice walk around the hotel near the bridges to just get a feel of the place and we came in around 11.30 or so and had a very nice sleep for again a early morning walk around. A and C decided to sleep off and so B and myself decided that we will go for an early morning walk.