The old town contains numerous architectural reminders of when Corduva was the capital of Hispania Ulterior during the Roman Republic and capital of Hispania Baetica during the Roman Empire.
It is a very old city where you will be able to do a lot of interesting things. There are two important monuments in the city: "La Mezquita-Catedral" (The Mosque) and "El Puente Romano" (The Roman Bridge); they are very famous in the world and hundreds of photos are taken on them every day by tourists because the views are amazing. These two monuments are located in a popular neighborhood called "Judería", where three cultures lived at the same time in the past: Muslims, Christians and Jewishs. For this reason, this city is called A City With Three Cultures.
In Córdoba you can taste some delicious food like: Salmorejo (tomato-bread soap) and Tortilla de Patatas (Omelette). People use to eat both while they drink a beer or some wine. You will be able to see Flamenco, visit colourful places, see flowers in all the windows and enjoy with the Mediterranean Climate.
For all this reasons, you have to visit this city and live for a short time in the middle of Andalusia.
Clerkships take place in two hospitals that are in front to each other.
The hospitals are called:
- “Hospital Universitario Reina Sofía (HURS)”: most of the specialties as well as the Emergency unit and the operating theatres are in this hospital.
- “Hospital Provincial”: Oncology, Infectious diseases and Psychiatry units together with Traumatology theatres are located in this hospital.
Medicine and Nursing Faculty (Avenida Menéndez Pidal, s/n. CP: 14071. Córdoba)
We have projects in departments of basic sciences as Histology, Biochemistry or Anatomy, whose labs are situated inside the faculty of Medicine. Futhermore, Immunology department, which is situated in “Hospital Provincial” is carrying out many interesting projects as well.
The project of basic sciences in which students may participate is: Introduction to research and lab skills for medical students.
“IMIBIC” is the official research institution in Córdoba. Projects related to Nutrition, Oncology, Physiology.... are studied in this place. Lately, students have been offered to join IMIBIC's research groups during their exchange. If this possibility exists in the month that you are coming, we will contact you in advance.
We will give you pocket money or meals will be provided by the host family. It is highly recommend to go to the cafeteria of the Hospital or the one in the faculty because of their cheap prices. However, you should go at least to one of these restaurants:
BODEGAS CAMPOS: Calle Los Lineros 32, Córdoba (00 34 957 497500;www.bodegascampos.com). The Campos wine company owns a swathe of real estate along the bank of the Guadalquivir, of which the soul is this historic bar and restaurant.
BODEGAS MEZQUITA: Calle Céspedes 12, Córdoba (00 34 957 490004; www.bodegasmezquita.com). After steering clear of the mass of tourist restaurants around the mosque, it's a relief to find this place. A classic among the city's traditional bars, the Mezquita offers a huge range of tapas at the bar, and sit-down lunches and dinners in the dining room. A second branch, at Calle Corregidor Luis de la Cerda 73, has an in-house deli - well worth a visit.
EL CHURRASCO: Calle del Romero 16, Córdoba (00 34 957 290819; www.elchurrasco.com). This and El Caballo Rojo are the two old-fashioned eating places featured in all the old-fashioned guide books. But while the 'Red Horse' has fallen behind a little recently, its rival, which specialises in chargrilled meats and fish, has kept up the pace. Try for a table in the covered patio. El Churrasco is also a hotel
RESTAURANTE CHOCO: Calle del Compositor Serrano Lucena, 14, Córdoba (00 34 957 264863). The new wave in andaluz cooking now has an outpost in Córdoba. Diners can expect updated versions of local dishes: such as artichoke hearts a la montillana (braised in wine) with a slice of raw prawn, slow-cooked suckling pig and caramelised torrija (the Spanish version of French toast).
TABERNA CASA SALINAS: Calle Puerta de Almodóvar, S/N, Córdoba (00 34 957 290846; www.tabernasalinas.net). Another classic eating place, one of the best addresses in town for pescaito frito(crisp fried fish).
TABERNA RAFALETE: Calle Diario de Córdoba, 5, 14002, Córdoba (957391573). It is a very cheap restaurant in the city centre where you can eat typical food like Salmorejo, Flamenquín and Omelette.
You can get by bus or by train. Both stations are close to each other. In the below websites, you can check timetables and prices:
There is no airport at Córdoba. Cities with airport and well connected to Cordoba by high speed train are Malaga, Sevilla and Madrid.
When you get to the airport, you have to take a local train, which passes every 20 minutes and costs around 1,60€. It takes 8 minutes to arrive to María Zambrano train station. In this station you can take a train to Córdoba or a bus (because the bus station is just in front the train one)
When you get to the airport you have to take a bus (line EA) which costs 2,40 €. It takes you to Santa Junta train station, where there are trains to Córdoba. If you prefer to catch a bus to Cçordoba, you should go to Plaza de Armas bus station by an urban bus (http://www.tussam.es/index.php?id=74&no_cache=1). Here you will see a website about non-urban buses from Sevilla to Cordoba www.alsa.es
When you arrive to the airport, you have to take the underground (take line 8). To arrive to the train station (ATOCHA), you should change to line 1 while if you want to take a bus you have to change to line 6 in order to get to the bus station (MENÉNDEZ ÁLVARO).
“And to get about Cordoba?”
In Córdoba there are a bus network with many lines. Tickets can be bought in the same bus (it costs around 1,20€). Newsstand and other points in the city (see: http://www.aucorsa.es/puntos-de-venta-y-recargas-nuevo-sistema) sell a special card that works like a credit card. You buy it and you can reload with money (between 5-20€). With this card, each trip costs 0,71€
The first day you arrive to the Faculty, don’t forget to ask for a free card in the International Relationships Office. This card will let you to buy a bus special card (Student bus card) that makes the bus trip even cheaper (0,58€ each trip with this card). More information: http://www.aucorsa.es/informacion-al-usuario/titulos-y-tarifas/tarjeta-aucorsa
You can find the buses lines in this website: http://www.aucorsa.net/lineas-urbanas
There is a bus stop just in front the Medicine Faculty. The main lines to get to the faculty are line 2 and line 5.
The most important building and symbol of the city, the Great Mosque of Córdoba and current cathedral, alongside the Roman bridge (amazing views on it), are the best known facet of the city. Other Roman remains include the Roman Temple, the Theatre, Mausoleum, the Colonial Forum, the Forum Adiectum, an amphitheater and the remains of the Palace of the Emperor Maximian in the Archaeological site of Cercadilla, among others.
Near the cathedral is the old Jewish quarter, which consists of many irregular streets, such as Calleja de las Flores and Calleja del Pañuelo, and which is home to the Synagogue and the Sephardic House. In the extreme southwest of the Old Town is the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, a former royal property
Surrounding the large Old town are the Roman walls: gates include the Puerta de Almodóvar, the Puerta de Sevilla and Puerta del Puente, which are the only three gates remaining from the original thirteen. Towers and fortresses include the Malmuerta Tower, the Belén Tower and the Puerta del Rincón's Tower, and the fortress of the Calahorra Tower and of the Donceles Tower.
Palace buildings in the Old Town include the Palacio de Viana (14th century) and the Palacio de la Merced among others. On the outskirts of the city lies the Archaeological site of the city of Medina Azahara, which, together with the Alhambra in Granada, is one of the main Spanish-Muslim architectures in Spain.
Other sights are the Cuesta del Bailío and the Minaret of San Juan, once part of a mosque. Near of Cuesta del Bailío you can see a very famous square in Andalusia called Plaza de Capuchinos where you can see a typical monument in the city called El Cristo de los Faroles.