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Granada is usually the first that comes to mind regarding Andalusia.
But did you know the initial capital of Muslim Iberia (Al-Andalus) is Cordoba (Qurtuba in Arabic)?
As the oldest city in Spain, Cordoba played a huge role in the flourishing of the Al-Andalus dynasty, to the exportation of olive oil, and is a sacred destination for three main religions in this world — Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.
With that said, here is our guide to Muslim-friendly Cordoba Solo Trip, where you’ll find information on Things to do, Halal Food, Safety for the Muslimah Solo Traveler, and more.
- The Great Mosque of Cordoba
- Medina Azahara
- Real Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos (Alcázar of Córdoba)
- Souvenir Shopping at Juderia District
- Puerta del Puente – Gate of the Bridge to Old City
- Roman Bridge of Córdoba
- Buy Olive Oil
- Taste Salmorejo Cordobes – Iconic Local Food
- Watch a Flamenco Show
- Learn about Sephardic Jews Origins at the Jewish Quarter
- Take Photos of pots at Calleja de las Flores, a Typical Andalusian Street.
- Bullfighting Museum (Museo Municipal de Arte Taurino)
- Pass by Moorish-style Calleja del Pañuelo (Alley of the Handkerchief)
- Visit Residential Homes to see Cordoban Courtyards.
- See the view of the Roman Bridge from Puente de Miraflores.
- Experience Arabian-style baths at Hamam al Andalus
- Zoco Municipal de Artesanía
- Cordoba Synagogue
- Plaza de la Corredera
- Tour the Historic Open House Cordoba
- Stop By Mohammad Al-Gafeghi Monument/Monumento – Cataract Doctor
- Listen to people playing Spanish guitars on the street
Is Cordoba Worth Visiting?
Before we get to what to do in Cordoba alone as a Muslimah, the first question is… “Is Cordoba Worth Visiting?”
Absolutely if you are:
- Interested in the history of Al-Andalus
- Want to visit Madinat Al-Zahra, the Capital of the Umayyad Caliphate
- Want to experience Islamic Heritage in Andalusia
- Looking to experience more to Southern Spain than just Granada.
- Want to listen about the three biggest religions in the world — Islam, Christianity, and Judaism — and how they live in harmony in Cordoba
? Share why Cordoba is worth visiting as a ? Muslimah Solo Traveler in our Community Group!
Cordoba Solo Trip – Things To Do & Places to Visit!
There are many things to do in Cordoba as a Muslim Solo Female Traveler! These are just a couple of them.
The Great Mosque of Cordoba
Top of the list in our Muslim-friendly Cordoba Solo Trip guide is a visit to the Le Mezquita de Cordoba.
Now operating as a cathedral, and known locally as Mezquita-Catedral.
This building is important because it was initially a mosque that signified the glory of Muslims ruling Al-Andalus.
Today, you can still see the Islamic architecture around, like the red-striped arches which inspired Masjid Nabawi’s black-and-white striped arches.
MST Tip: Go on a guided tour in Cordoba Mezquita so you can hear the stories of leftover cultural legacy from the reign of Al Andalus, where was the secret passageway, the site of Aljama mosque, and so much more!
If you’re wondering, “Can Muslims pray in Cordoba Mosque?”, the answer is no, as it now operates as a cathedral so that you can see mini chapels inside.
- Address: C. Cardenal Herrero, 1, 14003 Córdoba, Spain (directions)
Your Cordoba solo trip is incomplete without visiting Madinat al-Zahra!
This 10th-century Caliphate City was built by Abdurrahman III, Caliph of Al-Andalus.
This UNESCO world heritage site now remains an archaeological site, where you can still see this palace-city complex on the foot of the Sierra Morena mountains in the western outskirts of Cordoba.
? MST Tip: Don’t forget to watch the audio-visual in the museum before touring around the site!
Get a Private Walking Tour of Medina Azahara in Córdoba for the best experience, and untold histories with a certified tour guide!
- Address: Ctra. Palma del Río, km 5.5, 14005 Córdoba, Spain (directions)
- Opening hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (Tue – Sat); 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Sun); Closed on Mondays
- Daily Bus to Medina Azahara: 9€/adult from Paseo de la Victoria (opposite Mercado Victoria). Details here.
Real Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos (Alcázar of Córdoba)
Another site that has evident Mudejar-style architecture is the Alcazar.
Despite originating from the Christian era of Fernando and Isabel, the fountains, the ponds, the aromatic plants, and the royal bath are Mudejar, inspired by Moorish design principles of the earlier Muslim forebears.
This medieval palace on the Guadalquivir River also has the Tower of the Lions (La Torre de Los Leones), which allows you to see the view of the entire city after a climb!
- Address: Pl. Campo Santo de los Mártires, s/n, 14004 Córdoba, Spain (directions)
Souvenir Shopping at Juderia District
Commemorate your Muslim-friendly Cordoba Solo Trip with some souvenir shopping in La Juderia.
This is the old Jewish Quarter, also the historic center of Cordoba, located around the Mezquita.
You’ll walk through narrow lanes and cheerful streets and easily find shops showcasing all kinds of local souvenirs!
This can range from handmade leather, quality Moorish-style prints, beautifully patterned tiles, pottery, jewelry, mirrored fridge magnets, and so much more!
Did you know that the traditional occupation in Cordoba was producing leather and silver? So, you must get the Made in Cordoba leather and silver crafts while in town!
Some top gift shops are Artesania Hecha En Andalucia and Artesanía Al Andalus.
Puerta del Puente – Gate of the Bridge to Old City
As a city that has diverse history, this gate is a fascinating historical piece in Cordoba as it is where most tours usually start, plus where it’s located: near the Roman Bridge.
Also called Arc de Triomphe, this tall gate made of sandstone was the main entrance to the city as it was super close to Aljama mosque and Alcazar.
According to history, this gate goes by several names during the Caliphate’s rule. One of it is Bab al-Wadi (Gate of the River).
? Ask your tour guide about the other Arabic names the gate was called! ?
Roman Bridge of Córdoba
Want to see the best sunset during your Cordoba Solo Trip?
Head on to the Roman Bridge!
As the sun is about to set, you can see how spectacular rays of sunshine illuminate the Guadalquivir river.
Did you know Guadalquivir was derived from the Arab name Wadi al-Kabir (”Great River”)?
Indeed, Cordoba is rich in its Al-Andalus heritage.
- Address: Av. del Alcázar, s/n, 14003 Córdoba, Spain (directions)
Buy Olive Oil
As the second-largest producer of olive oil in Spain after Jaen, it is only fitting that you bring home some Made in Cordoba Olive Oil!
Cordoba has more than 3 million olive trees, so it is a must-have in Spanish cuisine.
The olive oil here is known for its high quality, whether from the mountains or the countryside.
Look for the word “Aceite, which means olives.
? MST Tip: You can easily find them sold in the souvenir shops around Judeira District.
Taste Salmorejo Cordobes – Iconic Local Food
An iconic dish of Cordoba, Salmorejo is a cold tomato cream soup made of pureed tomato, extra virgin olive oil, bread, and garlic.
So yes, with its Muslim-friendly ingredient, you can taste this soup!
Usually it is garnished with Jamon (ham), so make sure to get one without the ham if you want to try this.
In Cordoba’s Jewish Quarter, you can see the Cordoban soup ingredient plastered on the wall.
Where to try this: Restaurante Los Almendros nearby Madinat al-Zahra (Has a Halal menu)
Watch a Flamenco Show
While Seville, Granada, and Jerez de la Frontera are more associated with the origins of a flamenco show, you can also catch the dazzling performance in Cordoba!
An art form that was brought by the Gypsies to Andalusia, with an influence of Arabic and Berber poetry traditions intertwined with Spanish, Sephardic Jews, and Romani, you’ll get goosebumps upon finishing a flamenco show!
Learn about Sephardic Jews Origins at the Jewish Quarter
Not only was Cordoba home to Muslims and Christians, but also the Sephardic Jews (Spanish Jews).
While Cordoba no longer has a significant Jewish community today, its history still lingers on and is preserved through the Jewish Quarter.
You can see the synagogue, symbols that represent the Sephardic Jews community, and statues in tribute to Jewish communal leader, Maimonides around the Jewish Quarter.
- Address: La Judeira (directions)
? It is best to join a three-religion tour guide so you can learn more about the contributions of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism in Cordoba through the eyes of a local.
Take Photos of pots at Calleja de las Flores, a Typical Andalusian Street.
If you don’t have time to browse the courtyards in Cordoba, walking past the streets will immediately bring you the feel of Flower City Cordoba.
One of the most famous intersections in Cordoba is Calleja de las, Flores.
This narrow passageway has hanging pots by the whitewashed walls with views of the Cathedral tower in the background.
If you have gotten any postcards from Crodoba, you’ll immediately recognize this street!
- Address: 14003 Córdoba, Spain (directions)
Bullfighting Museum (Museo Municipal de Arte Taurino)
Cordoba has always been home to many bullfighting legends like Manolete and El Cordobes.
If you’re interested in bullfighting, the one in Cordoba is not to be missed.
In this Bullfighting Museum, you can learn more about the essence of this traditional Spanish sports, its history of old bullfights, costumes, and more.
The best time to visit Cordoba for bullfighting is in May, during Feria de Cordoba (Cordoba Fair)
- Address: Pl. Maimónides, 3, 14004 Córdoba, Spain (directions)
- Opening hours: 8:15 am – 8:00 pm (Wed – Fri); 8:15 am – 3:00 pm (Tue); 9:30 am – 6:00 pm (Sat); 8:15 am – 2:45 pm (Sun); Closed on Mondays
Pass by Moorish-style Calleja del Pañuelo (Alley of the Handkerchief)
Some say this alley is the smallest in the world.
This alleyway next to the Mezquita is typical of the Moorish style, whereby the narrowest point of this street is no wider than a lady’s handkerchief!
Come inside, smell the orange tree and see the water trickling from the mini fountain!
Visit Residential Homes to see Cordoban Courtyards.
When visiting Cordoba anytime during early to mid-May (exact dates here), be sure to attend the World Heritage Festival of Cordoban Courtyards.
The residential homes’ courtyards are adorned with hang pots and flower beds this time.
This unique ancient Cordoban heritage stems from Medieval Arab influence culture.
You can see where flowers like geranium and carnations are decorated on traditional houses’ balconies and grilles.
You may even smell the scent of orange blossom and jasmine upon meeting local folks while browsing the courtyards!
Regardless, you can also visit the courtyards out of season at places like Viana Palace and certain courtyards.
See the view of the Roman Bridge from Puente de Miraflores.
As Cordoba is a classic city, you are bound to meet street musicians wherever you go.
Puente de Milaflores is one of it.
From this bridge, you can see views of the Roman Bridge, Calahorra tower, and the course of the Guadalquivir river from it.
- Address: 14009 Córdoba, Spain (directions)
Experience Arabian-style baths at Hamam al Andalus
In need of some healing sessions in Cordoba?
Then head on to the Hamam, a traditional Arabian-style bath complex that offers a variety of massage and beauty treatments.
With the healing Arabic tranquil sound and Arabesque architecture, you’ll feel refreshed to conquer what’s ahead post-Cordoba solo trip!
MST Tip: Do ask in advance for a woman’s masseuse.
?♀️ Check availability for Arabian Baths Experience at Cordoba’s Hammam Al Ándalus
- Address: C. Corregidor Luis de la Cerda, 51, 14003 Córdoba, Spain (directions)
- Opening hours: 9:30 am – 9:30 pm daily
Zoco Municipal de Artesanía
One of Cordoba’s hidden gems is this market that is nearby the synagogue.
Zoco is the Spanish term for “souk” (market) in Arabic. Some say the one in Cordoba is the first craft market in Spain!
In this tranquil courtyard within the Jewish Quarter nearby the Mezquita, you’ll find work of local artisans like quality leather, silver, and creative handmade souvenirs that you can bring home.
- Address: C. Judíos, s/n, 14004 Córdoba, Spain (directions)
- Opening hours: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm daily
Besides the Mezquita-Catedra, one of Cordoba’s Highlights is the Synagogue.
Although the city has no significant Jewish population left, this medieval synagogue is unique because the Andalusian architecture inside is typical of the Mudejar style.
Besides the Hebrew scripts on the wall, you can find the Arabic script “La Ila Ha il Allah” there.
Ask your tour guide where are the Arabic scripture is in the synagogue ?
- Address: C. Judíos, 20, 14004 Córdoba, Spain (directions)
- Opening hours: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm (Tue – Sat); 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Sun)
Plaza de la Corredera
We recommend you come here when the day gets dark as the ambiance is much more romantic!
This is a 17th-century historical town square bounded by an old town and a jail.
It’s reminiscent of the traditional Castilian Plaza Mayor square.
Did you know? Spaniards eat late. Dinner, or Cena, is generally eaten between 9:00 pm and midnight.
Tu pescaito is a great Muslim-friendly fried fish spot while you’re there.
- Address: Pl. de la Corredera, s/n, 14002 Córdoba, Spain (directions)
- Opening hours: 24 hours
Tour the Historic Open House Cordoba
Since you’re in a historic place in Andalusia, why not tour a historic house while in Cordoba?
The Historic Open House Cordoba is an authentic Cordoban-style house that dates to the Middle Ages. Some say, it was the Alcázar of Almanzor.
If you weren’t going on a solo trip, this mansion with beautifully restored Andalusian-style architecture mixed with nature’s elements is perfect for a family getaway!
- Address: C. Cabezas, 18, 14003 Córdoba, Spain (directions)
Stop By Mohammad Al-Gafeghi Monument/Monumento – Cataract Doctor
Want to know more about the Cordoban Muslims who have made contributions to society?
Then stop by Mohammad Al-Gafeghi Monument!
If you join a Cordoba Mosque-Synagogue & Cathedral tour, you’ll hear the behind-the-scenes stories on this monument and how this Andalusian figure played a role in the ophtamology field.
Address: C. Romero, 14003 Córdoba, Spain (directions)
Listen to people playing Spanish guitars on the street
One of the free things to do in Cordoba is to soak in the ambiance of people playing guitars by the street!
The tourist places like Roman Bridge and Plaza del Porto usually have them!
Especially in Plaza, where fountains are also located, the Spanish guitar humming in the background perks up the ambiance!
Cordoba Solo Day Trip
Want to make a Cordoba day trip from Granada? Or Cordoba day trip from Seville?
Absolutely possible. Some tours specifically cater to these, and High-Speed Trains that can facilitate your journeys easier.
The distance between Cordoba and Seville is approx 45 minutes; meanwhile Cordoba and Granada is about one hour and a half.
So adjust your timings accordingly if you wish to do a Cordoba Solo Day Trip.
If you are pressed for time, it is possible to do Cordoba Half Day, provided that you’ve planned your itinerary in advance.
Where to Stay for the Muslimah Solo Traveler in Cordoba?
You can opt to stay anywhere accessible to the Mezquita in Cordoba. There are a couple of Halal shops around here as well, which will make your solo traveling easy in sha Allah.
Plaza del Porto is a quaint, budgeted area in the Old Town with this Spanish ambiance (with the Andalusia fountain).
Old Town Accommodations here that gives this typically iconic Spanish balcony windows are:
If you’re looking for higher-end stays near Cordoba, Eurostars (4-star hotel) is worth considering.
Moving Around & Into Cordoba
Depending on where you wish to explore in Cordoba, exploration by walking would be sufficient, that is, if you stay around the Old Town area (near most attractions).
Horse Carriage Ride
Cordoba is a city that still practices old-age transportation mode: the horse carriage! If you do plan on touring around the city on a horse, do bargain first!
Public Transport System
But if you want to go further out, and need the assistance of a transport system, buses and taxis are available.
Taxis can be hailed by the street via your stay’s receptionist or phone call (here for taxis’ telephone numbers). When you call them, you will most likely need to speak in Spanish, so it’s best to have a local call them for you. It’s approximately 8-10€ per 10 minutes approx.
The city also has an extensive network bus lines by Aucorsa. The bus driver sells single tickets, so carry Euros to have it easy! 24/72 Tourist Card available here
Moving beyond Cordoba to cities in Spain, you can opt for the bus or rail system.
Best Times to Visit Cordoba
There are many times a Muslimah Solo Traveler can visit Cordoba.
May – Iconic Month in Cordoba
May is the month for iconic Cordoban festivals like:
- The World Heritage Courtyards Festival of Cordoba (early till mid-May). Also known as Pario Festival. Check the latest event schedule here.
- Bullfighting in Cordoba is during Feria de Cordoba (Cordoba Fair) in May.
Book your accommodation and tours in advance if you plan to come here in May.
Regardless, all year round, you can still see beautiful hanging pots symbolic of Andalusian Cordoba and visit the Bullfighting Museum.
Spring and Fall: Pleasant Weather
The best times to visit Cordoba are Spring and Fall when the weather is pleasant.
- Spring: May – June
- Fall: October – December
Besides being known as a warm destination in Spain, Cordoba is also the hottest city throughout Europe, whereby in summer (July-August), the temperature is typically dry and ranges around 37℃.
“Because of this, Cordoba is known to sell fans as souvenirs so get yourself a unique Cordoban souvenir to fan you when the weather feels unbearable.” – Farihah
Ramadhan in Cordoba
During Ramadhan, Cordoba’s institutions like Casa Árabe, Cordoba City Council, and the Halal Institute would organize activities such as Noches de Ramadán in Cordoba. This includes exhibitions, talks, films, etc.
Is Cordoba Safe for Muslimah Solo Travelers?
As a destination with an initial settlement history of three main religions, Cordoba is a favorite destination for Muslims.
And as an MST-tested destination, rest assured that Cordoba is a safe general for Muslimah Solo Travelers.
Do bear in mind the general safety common sense, and avoid large gatherings like processions.
“During processions, the narrow alleys of Cordoba can be filled up with large crowds following the processions and incense wafting up in the air. I encountered this night time procession in the narrow alleys of Cordoba,” – Farihah
? Share your solo tales and safety experiences in Cordoba with us in the Muslimah Solo Travelers Community Group!
Halal Food in Cordoba (& What To Try)
You can find Halal food easily in Cordoba in areas around Le Mezquita.
For a quick tip, look for Spanish words that say Arabe, Damasco, or Teteria (tea room) besides Halal.
Some shops that sell Halal food and Muslim-friendly options in Cordoba that you should check out are:
- Tu Pescaito: Muslim-friendly Fried Fish establishment. Try the ratatouille or cod fish for the best experience.
- RESTAURANTE.DAMASQUINO.HALAL.) مطعم دامسكينو حلال : For homemade Syrian food. Lemonade with herbs here is refreshing.
- Moroccan Food at the Mercado Victoria Food Court – Bocaito Andalusi Halal: The couscous and tajines here are simply delicious!
? Before making any foodie decisions, make sure you’re familiar with the Food Scene in Spain. Check out our Halal Food Guide to Spain!
Places to Pray in Cordoba
Some places to pray in Cordoba are:
- Mezquita de los Andaluces (Mosque of Al Andalus). Near the Mezquita complex. (directions)
- Al-Morabito Mosque. Near the Jardines de la Merced park (directions)
It is common for mosques to only open near prayer times and are closed throughout the day, so bear in mind.
If you can’t find a masjid in Cordoba, Halal restaurants are more than accommodating to let you pray inside. Do ask first!
Muslimah Solo Travelers Toolkit for Cordoba Solo Trip
Whether you’re doing a Cordoba One Day Trip or 3D2N solo trip, prep yourself with these travel resources for the best Cordoba experience:
- Viator and GetYourGuide for day tours
- Booking.com or Agoda for stays
- Muslimah Solo Travelers Community Group to supplement your research
Muslim-Friendly Cordoba Solo Trip
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to pack your bags and head on to your next destination, Cordoba!
Our complete Muslim-Friendly guide to Cordoba Solo Trip covers Things To Do Alone, Halal Food, Safety Concerns, Mosques, and much more.
Beyond Cordoba, Andalusian cities like Granada, Malaga, and Seville are great places to stop over.
If not, you can extend your solo trip to Turkiye or Switzerland!