Our Favourite Photos from Granada and Cordoba, Spain

By alison - September 27, 2012 (Updated: November 19, 2014)

This entry is part 16 of 24 in the series Portugal & Andalusia 2012.
Secret Garden in Cordoba, Spain

We found little secret gardens, like this on in Cordoba, all over Andalusia.

We had a wonderful time exploring Cordoba and Granada during our road-trip of  Andalusia, Spain. Photographically speaking, both cities offered lots of opportunities.

Of course, many of our favourite photos came from our visits to the Alhambra in Granada and the Mezquita in Cordoba, but we wanted to share some of our other favourite places that weren’t big enough to merit their own post.








1. Andalusia’s Wildflowers

Poppy in Andalusia

‘Stop the car!’ This poppy was just begging to be photographed.

Andalusia’s cities are  incredible but driving through the countryside is pretty spectacular too. We were treated to patches of roadside poppies as we travelled between the two cities.

2. Granada’s Crazy Streets

Granada's crazy streets

You expect me to drive on that?!

While exploring the quiet neighbourhoods of Granada we encountered some pretty interesting streets. While we’re pretty sure the street on the right was pedestrian only (we hope!) we saw several full-sized cars drive down the ‘street’ on the left. Yikes!

3. Granada’s Beautiful Sunsets

Granada's beautiful sunsets

Oh that beautiful Andalusian light!

Someone long ago told me the light in Andalusia was beautiful. After two weeks shooting photos there, I wholeheartedly agree. Even during the peak daylight hours, the light seemed to have a golden quality. In the morning and evening it was stunning. I happened to look up, as we were strolling through town one evening and happened to catch this beautiful sky. I love how it contrasts with the warm colours of the buildings.

4. Food and Drink in Andalusia

Eating in Andalusia

You know we couldn’t forget the food right?

There’s no way I could talk about the highlights of our trip to Andalusia without mentioning the food. We had some incredible meals. Above are photos of my favourite meal as well as Andrew’s. (You may notice a difference…)

My favourite meal of the trip was in Cordoba, at a beautiful little restaurant called Regadera (The last name of the owner which means watering can). We happened by one evening and had one of the best cheese plates we’ve ever had (and we’ve had a lot of cheese plates!) and some gorgeous wine from the region. We enjoyed it so much, we returned the next evening for a full meal. It was divine.

We also happened upon Andrew’s favourite meal by accident. While strolling through Granada one evening, we followed our noses to a square where folks were grilling pork on an open BBQ. Andrew refused to move on until he devoured a plate.

Time for tea

Time for tea!

The Moorish influence in Andalusia extends beyond the architecture into the food and drink culture. Because of this, you find teashops doted throughout the cities. We visited one in Granada, where these photos were taken, but our favourite was again in Cordoba. Salon de Te not only had a tea menu as long as your arm, but also offered tasty sweets to enjoy along with your drink.

5. Architecture of Andalusia

Cordoba City Walls

Cordoba City Walls

Small sections of Cordoba’s city walls remain. This area, around the Puerta de Almodóvar is of Arab origin. The golden stone seems to glow in the beautiful Andalusian light.

Statue of San Rafael, Cordoba

The Statue of San Rafael with the Triumphal Arch in the background

Cordoba’s patron saint is San Rafael, who saved the city from an earthquake. An enormous statue dedicated to him is found behind the Cathedral-Mosque. Behind the statue is the Triumphal Arch, Puerta del Puente, which leads to the Roman Bridge.

Roman bridge of Córdoba

Roman bridge of Córdoba

The Roman bridge in Cordoba dates from the 1st century BC. It is 247 meters long and offers a view of the Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba from the opposite side of the river.

Doors and Lantern

Beautiful architectural details of Andalusia

I couldn’t help photographing architectural details, all over Andalusia, such as doors, windows and this beautiful lantern.

6. Cordoba’s Colourful Flowers

calleja de las Flores, Cordoba

Cordoba’s Calleja de las Flores, or Flower Alley

Houses all over Andalusia are decorated with colourful flowers, but nowhere was more beautiful than Cordoba. It seemed as though neighbours were trying to outdo each other’s gardening prowess. In fact, there is even a street called Calleja de las Flores, or Flower Alley, where tourists flock to photograph the foliage.

Zoco Artisinal Market, Cordoba

Zoco Artisinal Market, Cordoba

One of the prettiest patios we found in Cordoba, was at the Zoco Artisinal Market. We admired the flowers and it a bit of shopping for local handicrafts while we were at it.

Cordoba flowers and Mezquita

One of my all-time favourite photos of Cordoba

This photo really sums up Cordoba for me. It has the beautiful light, pretty flowers and local people, all in the shadow of the Mezquita overhead.

7. And of Course a Few Kitties

A cat hotel? Now we're talking..

A cat hotel? Now we’re talking..

Now it just wouldn’t be me if I didn’t throw in a few cat photos. Despite looking for kitties around this hotel, we found nary a feline. Later we found out all of Granada’s kitties seem to be hanging out at the Alhambra.

Cordoba Cat

The Cordoba Cat

We found this pretty puss enjoying the evening light near the Mezquita in Cordoba.

We hope you enjoyed these photos from Granada and Cordoba. Stay tuned for our final stop in Andalusia, Seville. Coming soon!

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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  1. Comment by Eurotrip Tips

    Eurotrip Tips September 27, 2012 at 18:07

    Beautiful photo set, Alison! I loved Andalusia. I think it’s my favorite region in Spain, and I’d gladly return!

    • Comment by Alison


      Alison September 27, 2012 at 18:21

      Oh me too! What’s not to love: great weather, wonderful food and wine, nice people, beautiful architecture and nature. I’d move there right now 🙂

  2. Comment by Nomadic Chick

    Nomadic Chick September 28, 2012 at 01:05

    As usual, STUNNING photos. And hey stranger, how are you? And also my favourite region in Spain!

    • Comment by Alison


      Alison September 28, 2012 at 09:22

      Thank you! And hey! I’m great. And also mine too 🙂 Are you going to be in our neck of the woods any time? It would be fun to catch up.

  3. Comment by Mary

    Mary October 3, 2012 at 14:42

    You all there seems having so much fun eating and drinking in Andalusia. I love your photos. Each one is perfectly captured.

    • Comment by Alison


      Alison October 4, 2012 at 11:38

      Thanks Mary! It’s a lovely place to visit!

  4. Comment by Nomadic Samuel

    Nomadic Samuel October 5, 2012 at 04:24

    These are gorgeous photos! I recently posted on my travel blog that I’ve been dreaming of Spain these days. I certainly feel inspired after seeing your photo essay. I must say you have a wonderful eye for composition and editing. My favourite shot is the last one with the Cordoba cat.

    • Comment by Alison


      Alison October 5, 2012 at 09:06

      Thanks so much Samuel! Spain is gorgeous and so different from region to region. We really loved Andalusia and Cordoba was our favourite.

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