Parador de Córdoba
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- Single rooms (2)
- Twin rooms (82)
- Double rooms (4)
- Room with living room (6)
- Capacity (186)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Gift shop
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Tennis court
- Swimming pool
- Golf (35km)
- Airport (135km)
- Station (4km)
- Port (178km)
Parador de Córdoba - Luxury modern hotel (4*)
The Parador de Cordoba is situated 3 km above the city, on the site of the small summer palace built here in AD 765 by the Caliph Abdu’r-Raman, at the beginning of the golden age of the Moorish Caliphate of Córdoba. Abdu’r-Raman is said to have planted here the first palm trees in Europe, and arruzafa – the name of the Parador – means ‘garden of the palm trees’. Abdu’r-Raman chose this hilly site well, for the temperature here in summer is on average 4 degrees centigrade cooler than in the city of Córdoba itself, and this makes the Parador La Arruzafa – with its shady gardens, outdoor pool and panoramic views over this legendary city – a comfortable and luxurious base for exploring this part of Andalusia, especially in the hot summer months.
The bedrooms are decorated in a mix of Arabic and Andalusian styles and, naturally, all have air-conditioning. The majority of the rooms have a balcony facing the gardens with views of the city in the distance making them a particularly nice place to enjoy a glass of wine as the sun sets. There are also some standard rooms which do not have a balcony as they face the other side of the grounds and carpark.
The large shaded terrace and open conservatory look out onto the Parador’s expansive gardens, with the city of Córdoba providing an impressive backdrop. The beautiful greenery surrounding the Parador’s pool creates a cooling oasis from the Andalusian heat. The gardens in Cordoba’s Parador also contain a tennis court and guests can also hire rackets and enjoy a game of tennis to work up an appetite before dinner.
- Book a room with a view to make the most of the stunning city backdrop.
The thousand-year old city of Córdoba is a fascinating mix of old and contemporary, with a mixture of cultural influences reflecting the cultural importance of the city throughout history.
Under Arab rule, Córdoba was considered to be one of the most cultivated and refined cities in medieval Europe. In the 10th Century, it housed over 1,000 mosques and 800 Arab baths, some of which still exist today and are available for public viewing. During this period the city itself was fortified by an impressive wall, and the remaining single stretch of wall and entrances are popular sites among tourists.
Arguably the most popular Córdoba attraction is the Great Mosque (Mezquita) which reflects the changing culture of the middle ages. Taking a grand total of 202 years to build, it was considered one of the most important religious structures of the middle ages among Muslims and Christians alike. After the Christian conquests it was converted into a cathedral and the result today is a combination the typical Mudéjar style of the region and Christian Gothic influences.
In addition to these Muslim influences, the city played an important role in the passing of different Greek, Roman, Christian, and Jewish communities, each leaving an enormous impact on the city both culturally and architecturally. Many of the city’s museums, including the Archaeology Museum and Fine Arts Museum, are dedicated to exploring these different impacts.
In contrast to all of these historically important buildings, Córdoba is also home to some of the most innovative structures in Spain. The city’s Open Centre for Civic Activities (CAAC) is a fantastical sight that seems to have appeared straight out of a children’s television show. Close to the city’s high-speed train station, the neighbouring square is covered with large prefabricated parasols of varying sizes and colours, designed with the intention of being a multipurpose area, it is used in many different projects from market days, providing protection from extreme weather, and the more agile visitors often climb up and sunbathe on the parasol’s flat tops.
Renowned as as a hive of art, culture, and leisure, Córdoba always has plenty of activities and performances to offer its visitors, including numerous flamenco festivals, ballet shows, concerts, and exhibitions throughout the year.
There are also many opportunities to explore the natural beauty Córdoba and Andalusia have to offer, in the numerous surrounding parks. Popular parks include the Sierra de Cardeña in Los Pedroches and Montoro, which offers a range of open-air sports.
With Malaga, Seville, and Granada, all within 2 hours drive, Córdoba really is an ideal base for day trips to explore Andalusia’s most popular cities.
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Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 7.30 to 11.00 and dinner from 20.30 to 23.00.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.30 and still enjoy a meal.
In the dining room: "Salmojero" (Smooth tomato cream with ham and eggs), cold almond soup, and "Flamenquin" (Iberian pork escalope filled with ham, egg and peppers, then breaded and fried in olive oil).
The Parador’s outdoor swimming pool is due to open from 19 March until 15 October 2018.
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
Beautiful hotel with lovely rooms and service second to none. We especially liked the outdoor dining terrace and pool at Cordoba and the wonderful view from the balcony at Carmona- a memory to treasure.
How to get there
The Parador is located in the foothills of the Córdoba mountains in the residential district of Brillante. It is reached by taking the Córdoba Norte-Ctra. Badajoz turn off and then the Cordoba Norte entrance access. You then follow the Avenidas Agrupación Córdoba and Ollerías to the Paseo del Brillante, which becomes the Avenida del Brillante. You go up some 2 km towards Avenida de la Arruzafa, and at 500 metres we find the Parador.
Jaen - 104km
Antequera - 127km
Granada - 166km
Sevilla Airport - 125km
Region & Cuisine
The second largest of Spain’s Autonomous Communities, Andalusia occupies a major part of the southern half of the country. The region’s eight provinces extend from the Portuguese border in the west, north to the neighbouring regions of Extremadura and Castilla La Mancha and to Almería, bordering Murcia, in the east.
Inevitably, Andalusia will be best known to many people for its beaches, notably along the Mediterranean ‘Costa de Sol’ and the Atlantic ‘Costa de la Luz’, and the coast certainly encompasses a good part of the region’s natural wealth. This is no doubt largely due to the exceptional climate – one of the warmest in Europe – that prevails all along the coastline, with hot dry summers, winters with mild temperatures and many ‘mini regions’ boasting their own microclimates. But it is a mistake to associate Andalusia only with its ‘Costas’, for this is a region that offers the visitor virtually everything in terms of history, art and nature.
Scenically, Andalusia is a land of contrasts. For example, in the province of Granada in winter one can experience 22°C on the coast and travel just 33 km north into the Sierra Nevada mountains to find a temperature of 10°C below zero. Further east , in the province of AlmerÍa, is an area unique in Europe – the Tabernas desert, where many of the ‘Spaghetti Westerns’ were filmed. To the north of Granada is the province of Jaén, the land of the olive with over 50 million olive trees planted and olive oil providing the main source of wealth in the province. Further south, some thirty municipalities form the famous ‘route of the white towns’, a string of picturesque little towns and villages extending across the northern part of the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga and all displaying the same picture- postcard white architecture so typical of rural Andalusia. Over 17% of the region of Andalusia is classified as a protected natural area, with its two national parks of Doñana and Sierra Nevada particularly well known for the preservation of their rich variety of flora and fauna.
Cádiz, Seville, Córdoba, Granada, Málaga – all these historic Andalusian cities display countless examples of the rich architectural and artistic legacy from over eight centuries of Moorish occupation of this region. Pride of place must go to the most emblematic monument in Granada (the capital of Spain’s last Moorish kingdom) – the incomparable Alhambra with its adjoining Generalife gardens, a unique complex of palaces, fortresses and royal quarters making this one of the most fascinating, and most visited, monuments in the world.
An essential feature of Andalusian art, and life, is of course the form of music and dance known as flamenco, an artistic expression of the most deeply rooted Andalusian culture. The precise origin of flamenco is unknown, but certainly it has Moorish influences and many of its most famous practitioners, both past and present, have been of gypsy origin. Wherever you are in Andalusia you are likely to hear flamenco, whether at an organised concert, or coming from inside someone’s house, or simply an impromptu performance in a village square. It’s in everyone’s blood, and it’s delightful.
Given the immense area of this region, gastronomic diversity best describes the cuisine of Andalusia. The so-called ‘Mediterranean diet’, with its basis of olive oil and considered by many experts to be the healthiest in the world, has its origin here. One of Spain’s most famous products, the Iberian Jabugo ham, is produced in Huelva province with the very finest hams reputedly cured ‘in a certain position in a certain room of a certain house in Huelva’. Gazpacho, the cold soup made with tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, bread and garlic originated in Andalusia and is found throughout the region as is ‘ajoblanco’, a delicious variation on gazpacho. Fruit and vegetables grow in profusion along the coastal region: mountains of strawberries in Huelva province; oranges, lemons, tropical and sub-tropical fruit (mango, papaya, banana, avocado) in Málaga and Granada provinces, and many varieties of vegetable in Almería province. In the mountains further inland, game dishes include partridge, rabbit, venison and wild boar, while anywhere near the sea you will find one of the most popular of all Andalusian dishes – ‘pescaito frito’ or mixed fried fish.
Not particularly renowned for the excellence of its wines, Andalusia does however produce the finest sherries in the world (the major establishments can be visited in Jerez de la Frontera) and – especially in Málaga province – several delicious dessert wines.
Please be aware of the following:
- 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
- Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions.