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Here’s the interview of Adrian, a local from the city.
Hello Adrian, you are from Cordoba. Can you tell us a bit about you?
Hey guys and girls. My name is Adrian, but I prefer to be called Adri. I am a native of Cordoba. I am now studying in Granada, so I travel between those two cities, where I can be your Gaybassador, depending of course on my schedule. Art is my passion, and I am preparing a degree in fashion design.
Your favorite restaurants
Rafalete is a mythical restaurant where you can discover the traditional Cordoba cuisine in a historical setting. The restaurant belongs to the same family since 1965, and as it is so popular, they opened 4 different branches around the City.
You can try specialties such as Cogollos al Ajillo, Pinchitos, Rabo de Toro, Patatas Bravas, Berenjenas con Miel and of course Salmorejo Cordobés … don’t ask what it is, just try it.
100 Montaditos is a national brand of bars, which serves good beers and tapas for a very affordable price. So, you will find them wherever you go in Spain. It’s not the most typical or family run place, but it stills a good choice.
Sojo is a pretty sophisticated place with a beautiful decoration and a terrace with great views on Guadalquivir. It’s the perfect place for a late cocktail or even to have dinner. You can get there the traditional Spanish food with a fusion touch.
Which are your favorite local places in Cordoba, the ones you would like to show to travelers?
I think La Puerta del Puente, close to the Mosque-Cathedral, is the right place to begin and to end a tour of the City center. It is a beautiful ancient gate of the City, in front of the Roman bridge. It was built by the Romans, rework by the Moorish and the completely rebuilt in the XVI the Century, so it’s on itself a synthesis of the history of our City.
From there you can walk to the Guadalquivir to enjoy a beautiful sunset and to have a view on all City. It’s a very romantic place when it’s not too packed with groups of tourists.
After this overview, I like to explore and show the narrow streets of the Old City. The historic center is a Unesco World Heritage site. The area around the Cathedral is very touristy and busy, but a few hundred meters from there you can reach more authentic and beautiful parts of the City.
Medina Azahara is located about 8 kilometers from Cordoba and has been classified as the Versailles of the Middle Ages. Well, just ruins are remaining, but you will see an extraordinary landscape, and an empty, mysterious silent place, which is an experience in itself. You can go there by car or try to organize a trip with a taxi.
Gay Cordoba bars and more LGBT venues
As LGBT, I feel comfortable everywhere in this Cordoba. Thought, gay sites can be a bit hidden and not as visible as in bigger Spanish cities. The choice is not huge, but most places get extremely busy during weekends, mostly with local people.
Glam was the first gay bar I went to, and it is an excellent place to have a great night out. The team is very friendly, and you have very often drag queen shows
Automatic is a gay-friendly bar where I love to go, well known for its sophisticated cocktails and its alternative music. The crowd there is decidedly mixed, people are nice, and you will have for sure a great time.
Berlanga is a night bar, open during weekends, that cannot be missed if you want to dance in Cordoba. They mostly play electronic music and the atmosphere is lovely.
To know a bit more about Spain, you can have a look as well on our Gay Guides for Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Malaga, Girona or Alicante. And of course on Maspalomas and Torremolinos for more Spanish beach party.