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Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba, Spain

Day 51/52 (29/30 April 2013) – It has become increasingly  more difficult finding good internet connections during our travels. While we are wild camping we have no internet at all and when we camp at an official site or stop at a McDonalds, the connections can be quite sporadic.


Anyway–we ended up spending two full days in Cordoba. Since it was cold and raining our first day we decided to take it as a lazy down day. We stayed close to the camp and went shopping for some supplies while it stopped raining for a moment. We also met Erik, a Dutch long-distance-bike tourer, while hanging out. Erik was quite the business man, sold his stressful accounting firm and decided to travel for a year through Africa all the way down to Cape Town, South Africa by bike. Like us, he started out in Madrid and is working his way down to Morocco. Since the weather is not so great at the moment, he decided to stay an extra day as well at the camp site, so we invited him to a pasta dinner at our tent and he brought the beer. We had a nice evening chatting over dinner and some cervezas.


The next day it was still chilly (again unusually chilly for southern Spain around this time of year, per some natives). However, we decided to explore the city. We went into the Mesquita,  which was built in 785 by the Muslim emir Abdurrahman I, on the site of the ancient Visigoth church of San Vicente, and in the 15th century the cathedral was built inside of it. Today it is considered one of the biggest temples in the world and with its hundreds of columns it is quite a sight to see (our pictures do not do it any justice). If you ever make it to Cordoba, make sure not to miss it!


The rest of the day we strolled about Cordoba, enjoyed some cafe con leche and local pastries. Later that night we asked the two ladies working in the front office where we can get some local cuisine, or where they would go out to eat. They mentioned a local restaurant and a couple of local dishes they enjoy eating so went out to have some robos de toros (oxtail) and another local dish with some cervezas followed by a cold shot of vino dulce Pedro Ximenez.   What a wonderful day!


  • Martin and Ine
    Posted at 08:30h, 03 May Reply

    Hi Ron and Petra,
    Beautiful pictures! We’ll have to visit Cordoba on one of our next trips. Maybe enroute to the Alhambra, which we would like to visit someday.
    We’ve just arrived back home in Holland and, believe it or not, the weather here is nicer here than it has been anywhere during our trip (France and Spain). What we’ve learned from this trip is that april is to early in the year for good weather in Europe – unless you’re very lucky.
    Predictions for Cordoba (and further south) are excellent though. Temperatures after the weekend will go above 30ºC. Hopefully that’s not too hot for you.
    Have fun pedalling through Spain.
    Martin and Ine.

    • Petra
      Posted at 14:55h, 06 May Reply

      Glad to hear you two made it home safely and thank you for the weather updates! 😉 Cordoba is very nice, but make sure you also plan a trip to Ronda. If you come to Ronda, bring your hiking shoes so you can see the town from all sides, truly a beautiful town. We still hope to visit with you on our return trip back into mainland Europe.

  • Lima
    Posted at 13:40h, 03 May Reply

    Beautiful pictures! Looks like a very nice place to visit 😉

    • Petra
      Posted at 14:53h, 06 May Reply

      Muchas Gracias Lima! Spain has really surprised us on how beautiful (and hilly) it is. If you ever get a chance to come here, do it.

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