Córdoba Peculiar

Andalusia, but even more so Cordoba are both synonymous with good cuisine, and the many taverns are a testament to that. One of the oldest is the Taberna de San Miguel, also known as Casa de Pisto. The tavern has been honoured with the title the ‘Dame of the taverns’. After all these years it still preserves the original counter and shelves from 1880, the year the tavern was inaugurated.

The blue floor tiles once belonged to the city’s mosque. The owners of the tavern bought the tiles after a section of the mosque was torn down. A number of posters on the wall bare witness to the past. One poster is a warning to shoe cleaners that they are not allowed beyond this point. Renowned bullfighters such as Manolete and artists such as Julio Romero de Torres were both regular visitors.

The house specialities are pisto-which is made of tomatoes, onions, courgettes, peppers and olive oil and is similar to ratatouille, and salmorejo- a delicious cream made from tomatoes, bread, oil, garlic and vinegar. Between tapas we can enjoy one of the most popular haunts Cordoba has to offer.

On the Capuchinos Square we find the Cristo de los Faroles, a popular image of Christ, it was named after the eight street lanterns that ornate the monument. The monument has appeared in many films, the most famous of which starred popular flamenco singer Antonio Molina.

The Cuesta del Bailio, which joins the medina with the lower quarters of the city, offers visitors some fine examples of the local architecture from the 16th and 18th centuries. A few metres further down we see the Malmuerta Tower, a fine example of medieval art.

On our way to our next point of call we cross Columbus Square. Originally a place of burial, today the square has been converted into an area in tune with nature. The Viana Palace is another one of Cordoba’s peculiarities. The beautifully built renaissance stately residence, is home to priceless collections of tapestry work, antique furniture, porcelain and also a library containing over 7000 volumes of work. But what truly captures the visitors’ imagination are the Palace’s 17 open air squares. Each square is unique with its own personality, which should come as no surprise from a city that captures the hearts and minds of first time visitors, and still remains a place that continues to cause wonder to those who return.

And what better way than to end our circuit than by tasting one of the most original tapas to be found in Cordoba. The speciality at Casa Santos is a peculiar shaped Spanish omelette (up to 10 centimetres thick). Quite a mouthful! So, ‘bon appetite’, or as the locals would say, ‘buen provecho’!