parador de cordoba 4* andalucia
The Parador La Arruzafa at Cordoba gets its name from being built on the site of the small summer palace of the Arab caliph Abdu'r-Raman who in 765 A.D. planted the first palm trees in Europe, Arruzafa being Arabic for "Garden of the palm trees".
It is in a hilly area, three kilometres from the town, at the foot of the Cordoba mountain range.
The situation away from the city brings the benefit of having a temperature 4C degrees lower than in Cordoba.
During the warm summer months, it is possible to dine outside on the terrace. The surrounding luxurious vegetatition and flowers make the swimming pool area very attractive.
The public rooms are elegant and spacious with furnishings of carved wood with metal and leather trim. The decor combines the Arabic with Andalusian influences with earthy colours, wood floors and an abundance of plants.
In the restaurant, the menu combines international food with the local dishes of the region. Recommendations include: "Salmorejo cordobes", a hearty cold vegetable soup made with lean meat, garlic and olive oil