Dating back to Roman times, Cordoba has over the centuries, been home to several civilizations, each of which have left their mark on this truly unique city. Once an important centre for philosophy and science, the city was a unique metropolis of several varied cultures living together in harmony, and as a result you will find fine examples of Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Roman architecture alongside typical modern Spanish design. Touring the area with a rental car will reveal vast treasures set in lush surroundings that are sure to leave an impression. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car hire in Cordoba is both easy and economical.
A great way to begin your visit to Cordoba is by visiting one of the oldest parts of the city, the Roman Bridge, located just south of the city centre. Drive your hire car to the Guadalquivir River, across which the bridge, built thousands of years ago, still spans to this day. At the southern end of the bridge you will find the Tower of La Cahorra, which was part of a fortification built in the 1300s to defend the city. You can visit the museum within the tower, which houses displays on the history of the area, and be sure to make the journey to the roof from where you will get spectacular views of the city.
Back on the north side of the river, there are a few attractions which are a must for anyone visiting the city. Not far from the Roman Bridge is the Mezquita, a massive cathedral dating back over 1200 years. Originally built as a mosque when the area was under Muslim rule, it was converted into a cathedral during the 14th century. A short distance from here, you can also visit Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, a superb castle also dating back to the 1300s.
Jump in your rental car and head west of Cordoba, to Medina Azahara, which is located not far from the airport. An archaeological site with huge historical significance, it was here a large city was built from scratch in the 10th century. Although all that remains today is earth covered ruins, excavations have revealed many walls, columns and paintings from the city and palace. Head further west of here with your hire car, and check out Almodovar Castle, located just near the town sharing its name. The castle dates back to the 8th century, and after extensive restoration works is in stunning condition and a must for anyone visiting the area.
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