Parador de Córdoba - Luxury modern hotel (4*)
The Parador de Cordoba is situated 3 km above the city, on the site of the small summer palace built here in AD 765 by the Caliph Abdu’r-Raman, at the beginning of the golden age of the Moorish Caliphate of Córdoba. Abdu’r-Raman is said to have planted here the first palm trees in Europe, and arruzafa – the name of the Parador – means ‘garden of the palm trees’. Abdu’r-Raman chose this hilly site well, for the temperature here in summer is on average 4 degrees centigrade cooler than in the city of Córdoba itself, and this makes the Parador La Arruzafa – with its shady gardens, outdoor pool and panoramic views over this legendary city – a comfortable and luxurious base for exploring this part of Andalusia, especially in the hot summer months.
The bedrooms are decorated in a mix of Arabic and Andalusian styles and, naturally, all have air-conditioning. The majority of the rooms have a balcony facing the gardens with views of the city in the distance making them a particularly nice place to enjoy a glass of wine as the sun sets. There are also some standard rooms which do not have a balcony as they face the other side of the grounds and carpark.
The large shaded terrace and open conservatory look out onto the Parador’s expansive gardens, with the city of Córdoba providing an impressive backdrop. The beautiful greenery surrounding the Parador’s pool creates a cooling oasis from the Andalusian heat. The gardens in Cordoba’s Parador also contain a tennis court and guests can also hire rackets and enjoy a game of tennis to work up an appetite before dinner.
- Book a superior room to enjoy a balcony and wonderful views towards the city