Saturday, February 6, 2010


Our ride to Cordoba began at the bridge over the Guadalquiver River.

The Guadalquiver River is the main source of water in this part of Spain and we saw it many times in our travels.

We passed many farms in this relatively flat land but the Castle Almodovar, built in the 8th Century by the Arabs sat atop a steep hill.

Along the way we stopped at the large (500+ Hectors) Cortijos El Temple where we met Antonio & his family and were served a delicious lunch.

In farming the land many 2000 year old pots and jugs were unearthed, once produced by the Romans in this area and transported throughout the "civilized world" to hold wine and olive oil.

On the way to Cordoba we passed young olive orchards.

Finally saw our first view of the city. Cordoba,the city of the Caliphs, was in the 11th century the largest and most cosmopolitan city in Europe. A developed system for running water and street lights existed, along with vast libraries where Arabic, Latin and Greek manuscripts were translated. Jews, Muslims and Christians lived in perfectly harmony here.

Our hotel, Palacio Del Bailio, was centrally located in the city and consisted of ancient private homes from the XVII and XVIII century, with charming patios and spring fountains. The property was carefully restored in the year 2009.

Ancient Roman tub in the patio.

View of the large inner patio from our upstairs room.

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