Since 42,000 B.C., humans have been living in this area of Andalusia. The Romans and the Arabs both made it a capital city, and it was declared an Islamic Caliphate until the year 1031. Over the next 1,000 years, Córdoba waxed and waned as conflicts and economic problems took their toll. In the mid-18th Century, it was down to only 20,000 inhabitants who struggled to survive within the city walls. It is now home to over 350,000 people who embrace the diverse cultures of the city's past and present with a vigour that can be seen in its many festivals and celebrations held throughout the year. With a multitude of narrow, maze-like streets and some of the most diverse historic buildings in Europe, it delights every visitor.
Location: A city with exceptional links to the rest of Spain
Found in the southern region of Andalusia, it has top-quality road and rail links both north and south. You can reach Madrid in under two hours on the high-speed AVE train, whilst Seville takes just 45 minutes. In the centre, there are plenty of buses and the official 'white' taxis for you to travel around. There is also a coach terminal should you wish to travel further afield. The local airport is for light aircraft only, but the many international airports of the region are all reachable within a maximum of a two-hour drive. As an example, the main tourist airport at Málaga is around 130 kilometres away with direct road and rail links.
Business: An inspired choice for business travellers
Córdoba has an excellent conference centre, the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones. With eight rooms and a capacity for almost 1,400 people, it is in an enviable position near the river in the heart of the city. The largest room can provide facilities for up to 560 people in an area of 300 square metres.
Culture: A mix of colour and energy in a historic setting
History is everywhere you look in Córdoba, so take a step backwards from the wonderful cathedrals, mosques, and Roman villas, and focus on the streets and patios of the locals. In May each year, the city is filled with colour as neighbours compete with each other to win the coveted award presented by the city. You are welcomed in to shady, cool courtyards to praise the decoration and flowers, but the most beautiful is to be found in the Palacio de Viana, which has twelve separate courtyard displays for you to enjoy.
Activities: Something to do every day of the year
Whether you are alone or in a group, the city has something to offer you day and night. Relax in a centuries-old Arabic bath before taking a guided tour around the historic and beautiful buildings that surround you. If you want to get outside the city for a few hours, try the horse-riding centre and take a ride out with an experienced guide who will point out sights you would have ordinarily missed.