Thursday, January 7, 2010

Cordoba Green Sampling

While you are hoofing around the old sites in Cordoba and wondering where to eat you will be happy to know that you can find delicious lunch or dinner at Amaltea, serving fresh local food with natural and gourmet twists…. arugula, sun dried tomato and goat cheese salad (with pine nuts)….baby squid and curried rice… these are just a few of the choices. Amaltea, Ronda de Isasa 10 – on the street along the river down below the Mezquita.  Tip – get there by 3:30 as they close the doors up for the lunch hours and they do not serve dinner on Sundays).

Numerous hotels surround the Mezquita in Cordoba and any of them are fine, housed in grand old buildings, most with inner courtyards. On this trip I tried the Conquistador, a marble floored hotel on the east side of the Mezquita, with a courtyard, WiFi and a convenient three blocks or so from the Baños Arabes thermal baths.

Cordoba is making an attempt at a cheap city-sponsored bike program called CycloCity. Currently bikes are only available at four sites: the RENFE train station, the Baños Califales museum, Puerta de Gallegos and at the junction of Ave Barcelona and Libia. Unfortunately you can not yet purchase a user card through the internet, but must wait until you arrive in Cordoba and make your way to the government office on Avenida Mediterraneo, open from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm, to purchase a card. Hopefully the program will expand and be more traveler friendly. In any event we can applaud Cordoba for their beginning efforts.

This is just a tiny tasting of all that the beautiful city of Cordoba has to offer, a city proud of its local artisans and rich, diverse history.

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