The beautiful city of Cordoba is probably one of the easiest and most comfortable day trips you can do from Malaga. The Mosque-Cathedral, its star attraction also makes Cordoba one of the most worthwhile day trips you could do. And as it’s located on the high-speed AVE line, visiting Cordoba by train from Malaga is much quicker than driving or getting a bus. You can also reach it in under an hour by high-speed train from Seville too!
Cordoba by Train
There are lots of trains between the two cities with nearly 20 trains going both ways everyday. It helps that it’s a key stop on the Malaga to Madrid line as well as the Malaga to Barcelona line. Journey times range from a super-speedy 49 minutes to an hour and 5 minutes, which isn’t bad at all. Especially when you consider the drive would take around 2 hours. Plus you can enjoy the benefit of onboard facilities including the cafe/bar and toilets.
Trains leave Malaga from its main train station: Malaga Maria Zembrano. The station is one of the stops on the Cercanias commuter service, which serves the Malaga province and includes stops at Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola. There are just a couple of stops before Cordoba at Antequera Santa Ana and Puente Genil Herrera.
Bear in mind that many stations on the high-speed or long-distance routes in Spain have security checks for bags and luggage. If you aim to arrive at the station 30 minutes before your departure, that should be comfortable enough and even give you time to spare to pick up snacks or drinks for the journey.
Along the way: olive trees and a hilltop castle
Most of the journey features peaceful countryside, olive orchards and hilly landscapes. As you get closer to Cordoba, you may also spot the castle of Almodovar del Rio if you’re sat on the left side of the train. It is worth looking out for! Trains don’t stop there but if you’re in Cordoba for longer than a day, you could hire a car from Cordoba Station. Almodovar del Rio is a half an hour drive from the city.
The Mosque-Cathedral is easily the star attraction. You can see our post on it at: Visiting the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba.
Here are a few pics from a recent visit of other fab sights within the city… As you can see, even on a cold, grey January day, the city felt incredibly atmospheric.
And here’s one of the fountains at the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, which I didn’t visit on this occasion.