Granada or Cordoba?
Replies: 16 - Last Post: Mar 17, 2010 4:01 PM Last Post By: nomad0421
Mar 15, 2010 4:57 PM
Mar 15, 2010 5:34 PM
1Granada is a much bigger place with more to see - much more than you could see over one night. Cordoba is smaller and more overrun by tourists during the daytime, but still very picturesque. Given your limited time, your choice of city will depend on how you plan on travelling around. Seville may be another option as it's close to Tarifa and a major transport hub.
Mar 15, 2010 7:17 PM
Mar 16, 2010 2:54 AM
Mar 16, 2010 4:23 AM
Mar 16, 2010 4:35 AM
Mar 16, 2010 4:37 AM
7To enter the star attractions of Granada, you probably have to book in advance and maybe wait, perhaps for an hour or so. This is less of a problem in Cordoba, so for that reason only you might do better to go there.
However, the time you propose is grossly inadequate for either of these wonderful destinations. You might do better to save the time, use it to enjoy Barcelona or Tarifa, and make plans for a longer stay in Andalucia next time.
Mar 16, 2010 5:13 AM
8It's always a toss up - rush through or miss due to time constraints. Personally, if I'm in a corner of the world where I likely won't be again for a very long time, if ever, I'd rather rush than miss.
Tony, I was thinking early July, around the 7th. I'm also considering Seville. Thank you.
Mar 16, 2010 5:24 AM
9Ok, I asked because there are major works on the train line between Granada and Algeciras but they'll be finished by the end of April. Just stay in Granada: it's a fine city and there's much more to it than the Alhambra. Also, if you do that you won't spend any more time travelling around. Just jump on the train to Algeciras when you're ready to leave.
Train timetables for July haven't been released yet. Currently there are 3 trains a day from Granada to Algeciras. Journey takes just under 4 hours and goes through some lovely scenery nice and slowly, especially once you get past Ronda where the mountains start.
Algeciras - Tarifa bus timetable
Mar 16, 2010 6:07 AM
Mar 16, 2010 6:17 AM
11If you visit Granada, don't feel you HAVE to see the Alhambra. Sure it is wonderful, but wasting precious hours chasing tickets and waiting at the entrance is not a good way to use your limited time. The Albaicin (old Moorish quarter) is also well worth seeing, as are many other areas.
Mar 16, 2010 6:57 AM
12It seems that everybody here forgets that the 8th wonder of the world is not the Alhambra (as marvellous as it is) but the Cordoba's mosque. It is the only mosque in the world that is not facing Mecca and that is because during the muslims invasions of the Spanish peninsula they created their own Mecca in Córdoba. If you only have one day, you sould see this building, although my advice is to skip Barcelona this time and spend more time in Cordoba, Granada and Seville... or skip Andalucia and spend more time in Barcelona and the North of Costa Brava.
Enjoy your trip!
Mar 16, 2010 7:19 AM
13It seems that everybody here forgets that the 8th wonder of the world is not the Alhambra...but the Cordoba's mosque.
#12. What makes you think that we had forgotten that? Have you given any thought at all to the fact that the OP is flying into Granada, has just one night to stay somewhere and is then going on to Tarifa? It will take a long half-day to get from Granada airport to the bus station; take the next bus to Cordoba; get to Cordoba accommodation. Do you know what time the OP's flight arrives? Then the OP has to get from Cordoba to Tarifa the next day. How do you propose s/he does that easily?
Think about the practicalities that the OP faces before you make any assumptions about what people have or haven't forgotten.
For your information, there are several explanations for the orientation of the mihrab in Cordoba's Great Mosque, not just one. It was built around 1300 years ago so there's nobody around now who was involved in its building and there is no documentary evidence to suppport one view or another. There is only educated supposition and not even learned scholars know the real reason. So I don't know what makes you so certain that your explanation is the correct one, especially as yours is not one that is generally accepted as being a possible explanation.
The "Eighth Wonder of the World" doesn't exist. It's just a figure of speech. So nobody can say definitively what the Eighth Wonder of the World is or isn't.
Mar 16, 2010 8:28 AM
14The title of the post is quite clear: "Granada or Cordoba?" The OP is not flying to Granada but FOUND a cheap flight to Granada. If she was definitely flying she wouldn't ask any questions, would she?
Of course the "Eigth Wonder of the World" is a figure of speech. Everybody knows that, not only you. But we are not going to start talking about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and show how much we know about everything, are we?
Now, suzyq301 was asking for advice and I gave it to her. That's what this forum is about not to show how literate you are. For that, you can start a blog.
Granada, Cordoba or Barcelona I'm sure she'll have a great time.
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