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Parador® Cordoba

Hotel La Arruzafa

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The elevated position of this luxury four star hotel provides a cooler atmosphere than staying in the city of Cordoba

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The Parador® La Arruzafa at Cordoba gets its name from being built on the site of the small summer palace of the Arab caliph Abdu'r-Raman who in 765 A.D. planted the first palm trees in Europe, Arruzafa being Arabic for "Garden of the palm trees".
View at Parador Cordoba

It is in a hilly area, three kilometres from the town, at the foot of the Cordoba mountain range.
The situation away from the city brings the benefit of having a temperature 4C degrees lower than in Cordoba.

During the warm summer months, it is possible to dine outside on the terrace. The surrounding luxurious vegetation and flowers make the swimming pool area very attractive.

The public rooms are elegant and spacious with furnishings of carved wood with metal and leather trim. The decor combines the Arabic with Andalusian influences with earthy colours, wood floors and an abundance of plants.

In the restaurant, the menu combines international food with the local dishes of the region. Recommendations include: "Salmorejo cordobes", a hearty cold vegetable soup made with lean meat, garlic and olive oil.
Swimming pool - Cordoba Parador
"Gazpacho blanco de almendras" which is an almond flavoured version of this classic cold soup;
"Heuvos esparragos", being a type of egg florentine containing eggs and spinach;
"Rabo de toro a la Cordobesa" which is the local version of oxtail stew;

The terrace overlooking the city is a popular place for a pre-meal drink or to have a snack,

Cordoba is an ancient city and was the capital of southern Spain under Roman rule. Its greatest prominence came under Arab rule when the court of the Caliphs of the west established their court in the city.

From the eighth to eleventh centuries Muslims, Jews and Christians lived in harmony making a rich contribution to the city. In those days the city had a population of 500,000 and more than 300 mosques - and more than double that number of inns!

Abdu'r-Rahman, in 785 A.D. commenced the construction of a mosque, the Mezquita, the Great Mosque, which covers six acres. The ornate roof is held aloft by 850 columns. When the moors were defeated by the Christians, the northern part was converted into a cathedral, a task that took two centuries.

Also in the town is the ”Alcazar”, the castle-palace of the later Spanish kings who received Columbus there before his voyage that led to the discovery of America.
Parador of Cordoba bedroom

Not far away are the ruins of Medina-Azahara, a city built in the tenth century by Abdu'r-Rahman III in honour of Zoraida, his favourite wife. The city was destroyed by the Barbers in the eleventh century but the remains still give an idea of its grandeur.

Cordoba celebrates the festival of Nuestra Senora de la Salud each May and Nuestra Senora de la Fuensanta from September 6 to 9.

The Pedroches valley has the biggest oak forest in Europe and has a very important wildlife reserve. Also nearby, in the ”sierra” of Hornachuelos, is a Natural Park that is worthy of a visit.

In or near the Cordoba Parador® the enthusiast can swim, play tennis, ride horses, walk or play golf.

The Parador® Cordoba has eighty two twin bedded rooms, four rooms with a double bed, two single rooms and six suites. All these spacious rooms have an en suite bathroom.

All rooms have a telephone, satellite television, safe and a mini bar.

The building has air conditioning and central heating, restaurant, bar, parking facilities (without security and limited places), free wireless internet, currency exchange, lift, satellite television and gift shop. Facilities for business meetings are available on request. Other facilities include garden, children's play area, seasonal swimming pool and tennis court.

The Parador® of Cordoba overlooks the town from he hill behind and is about 10 minutes by taxi or there is a bus from near the hotel.

Distance from the nearest airport is approximately 135 kms and the nearest train station is 4 kms away.

Pets are not allowed.

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Golden Days 10% discount on accommodation and breakfast rate for guests aged 55 years or more
Young Persons 15% discount on accommodation, breakfast and menu for guests aged between 18 and 35 years old
2 Night Special 15% discount on half board for 2 nights stays in the same Parador®


Parador® Cordoba
Avda. de la Arruzafa, 37
14012 Cordoba, Cordoba
Latitude: 37° 54' 23.1114" N (37.9061475960424)
Longitude: 4° 48' 0.216" W (-4.800081253051758)
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Distance in Kilometres
Jaen 104 East
Carmona 109 South-west
Antequera 127 South
Granada 166 South-east
Malaga Golf 178 South

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Comment posted by David Neilson
We stayed overnight at Cordoba at the end of August. We had been before. We like Paradors and your one is very attractive in a most interesting city. We enjoyed our brief stay. The room was good and the food was well up top standard.
Comment posted by Donna Miller
Travelled from Seville by car using GPS and like others found the signage lacking. Eventually found it and the hotel was lovely. Headed out to Córdoba to sight see and got lost, so wished we had read the reviews first to learn how easy it is to get into Córdoba by bus. We ended up coming back to the hotel, relaxed around the beautiful pool and look forward to dinner in the restaurant. Would recommend this hotel and hope to return
Comment posted by Sylvia and Ted Tarbell
We stayed at the Parador last fall and had a delightful stay. Our room was large, clean, comfortable, and afforded a lovely view of the pool and the city. The Parador is in a quiet neighborhood, and we enjoyed taking walks in the pleasant weather. Fabulous breakfasts! And the dinners were also very good, but not quite in the same league as other Paradors.
Comment posted by Jenny Court
We stayed in the Cordoba parador on 6 and 7th September 2014. Apart from the trouble we had in finding it, it was splendid. Very helpful staff, very pleasant rooms, great views and a wonderful swimming pool. We were served delicious tapas in the bar on one night and an excellent meal on the terrace on our second. We would recommend it highly and old Cordoba is a treat.

The elevated position of this Parador® hotel makes it cooler than staying in the city of Cordoba.