Cordoba Province - Central Guadalquivir Valley

A few kilometres northwest of Cordoba is the ruined Moorish palace of Medina Azahara © Michelle Chaplow
A few kilometres northwest of Cordoba is the ruined Moorish palace of Medina Azahara
Almodovar del Río Fuente Palmera
This village forms part of the Ruta de los Castillos, thanks to the beautifully-restored castle atop its hill which dates back to the eighth century.
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Visit this village in December for two lengendary traditions that still take place today: las danzas de los locos and la danza del oso.
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Guadalcázar Hornachuelos
This village has conserved various archaeological remains which have become the principal tourist attraction. Guadalcázar welcomes visitors who want to enjoy the tranquility and peace of this mountain village.
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This village is located on the Ruta de los Castillos, thanks to the remains of its Arab fortress.
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Los Sotos de la Albolafia Palma del Río
The Guadalquivir river-bed is wide enough for small islands which today are only inhabited by birds. Long ago there used to be flour mills, of which some remains can still be seen to this day.
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Those interested in food festivals should visit this village for the Gran Marranada and the Gran Huevada, two festivals which take place in May.
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Posadas La Victoria
Posadas is worth visiting solely for its location, on the edge of the Guadalquivir river.
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In the village centre, visitors can find some important archaeological remains at Pago de Riaza.
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The Río Guadalquivir flows slowly westwards towards Seville through the fertile heart of Cordoba province, with some interesting towns situated on the river plain.

On its banks is the provincial capital of Cordoba, established by the Romans but most famous for its Moorish heritage. In the 10th century it was the western capital of the Islamic empire. Today, it is a friendly city popular with visitors to its celebrated mezquita (mosque). Next to the mezquita on the riverbank is a woodland wildlife haven in the heart of the city centre, Los Sotos de la Albolafia Natural Monument.

A few kilometres northwest of Cordoba is the ruined Moorish palace of Medina Azahara. Further downstream is Almodóvar del Río, with an impressive hilltop castle looming over the town. From the castle are superb views of the Guadalquivir valley. Palma del Río is also worth visiting, especially for its 15th-century monastery, now converted into a sumptious hotel, the Hospedería de San Francisco.