Shopping In Cordoba, Spain november 29, 2021 – Posted in: Spain, Travel – Tags: Cordoba, Holiday, Shopping, Spain, Vacations, Weekend Breaks
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Where to shop in Cordoba?
If you are going shopping in Cordoba, you’ll need a guide to take you to the best shopping areas and main shopping streets.. Most shops are located around the main pedestrian street Calle Cruz Conde, but you can also find small souvenir shops in the old Jewish quarter, La Juderia. You can read about it all right here – and also about the city’s cozy Christmas market, which you can experience in November and December.
Shopping streets in Cordoba
Start your shopping trip in Cordoba with a visit to the big department store El Corte Inglés, located on the corner on Av. del Gran Capitán and Av. Ronda de los Tejares. El Corte Inglés has everything the heart could desire from clothing, makeup and gift items.
In the small streets around El Corte Inglés you will find smaller shops with stationery, shoes and clothes. If you follow Av. del Gran Capitán, you will soon reach a large square with Spanish high street brands. You can also start your shopping trip on the city’s main shopping street, Calle Cruz Conde. Here are you’ll find the bigger local and international brands. Finally, also visit the small alleys between the two large pedestrian streets. Here are hidden gems of artisan shops with unique designs and ceramics and also shops selling Iberico ham.
Continuing down Calle Cruz Conde and straight on, while the street changes it’s name a few times, you’ll eventually find yourself in the narrow streets of the old Jewish quarter, La Juderia. The small shops have lots of quality souvenirs: Moorish tiles, Andalusian aprons, filigree jewelery and fragrant leather bags.
Shopping centers and malls in Cordoba
A 15-minute walk east of Puente Romano, the Roman bridge, is the city’s largest mall, El Arcángel. 34,000 m² spread over two floors with over 100 shops! Here you can easily spend several hours. Smaller children, who are less happy with shopping, will enjoy the retired airplane that stands on the hill just south of the shopping center. At the other end of town, and also on the outskirts, is the Zoco Shopping Center, which is half the size of El Arcángel, but newer.
Finally, every Tuesday and Friday there is also a market under the big “mushrooms” on the Plaza de las Setas. The Noreña Market, also known as Las Setas, is not solely a flea market, as there are 175 small and larger stalls where you can buy everything from fresh fruit and spices to fabric in meters, shoes and perfumes.
The Christmas market in Cordoba
We were so lucky to visit Cordoba at the end of November, where the Christmas mood had already set in. The town was beautifully decorated with light chains, and in the town square in the center, Plaza de las Tendillas, we found the nicest Christmas market.
Christmas decorations and Christmas treats were sold from the tiny brown houses, and a wonderful scent of Christmas cakes spread throughout the square. It was obvious that even though we were only in November, the cordobans had already started enjoying the Christmas preparations, and the square was packed with locals every time we passed by.
Some photos, just to get you in the Christmas spirit…
Opening hours in Cordoba
Most shops are open from 9.30 – 14 and then again from 17-20. El Corte Inglés is open all day from 10-22. Saturday is closed in the evening, and most stores, except the very large ones, are completely closed on Sunday.
More tips for your holiday in Cordoba
Find a hotel in Cordoba
There are many good hotels in Cordoba, and especially the old town is popular with tourists. So where are you going to live? On Booking.com you can see the large selection of hotels in Cordoba, and below you can also read our recommendation for a nice and affordable hotel. You can also perform your own search on Booking.com for a good hotel in Cordoba right here:
A recommendation: HOTEL CORDOBA CENTER
We stayed at the Hotel Cordoba Center, which is located a 10 minutes walk from the train station. We had booked a standard double room, but never have we had so much space! When we arrived, there was a bottle of sparkling wine ready for us in the room, and it fit very well with the general impression that it was primarily couples and business people who checked in here. At least we did not see any children in the hotel during our stay.
The breakfast buffet was gigantic and with everything the you could possibly want: bacon and eggs, local specialties, pastries and excellent coffee. At the top of the hotel there is a pool and a bar overlooking the city, and in the lobby there is another bar. We can’t say anything about them, since the hotel is only a five minute walk from the start of the center and Av. del Gran Capitán, which offers plenty of bars and restaurants. From the hotel and to the ancient Roman bridge it is a 25 minutes walk.
In November 2021, we payed just around €80 pr. night for a double room with breakfast at Hotel Cordoba Center.
How to you get to Cordoba?
The easiest way to get to Cordoba is by landing at the airport in either Malaga or Seville. We flew out to Malaga and took the train to Cordoba, which takes an hour. Here are the directions from traveling between Malaga and Cordoba:
From Malaga Airport, take the train to Malaga Train Station, Estación de Málaga María Zambrano. At the station, you have to buy your tickets at the ticket office (Renfe), where you must also show your passport before taking your luggage through the security check at the entrance to the platforms. In November 2021, it was €30 from Malaga to Cordoba and slightly less from Cordoba to Seville. It is not possible to buy food or drink on the train.
We had six wonderful nights in Cordoba before boarding the train onwards to Seville, from where we had our flight home. The train journey between Cordoba and Seville takes about 45 minutes. There are both trains and airport buses between Seville city center and the airport, but we had to leave early in the morning, so we chose to take a taxi.