Escape the dull winter and head to the Andalusian city of Cordoba.

At only an hour away by train from Malaga, you will be whisked away to the twisty streets and historic sights of this medieval city (as featured on Game of Thrones!).

Spend the morning

Head along to the Mezquita first thing in the morning, not only will you miss the crowds but you’ll also save money as between 8:30am and 9:30am entrance is free (note that security will start pushing you towards the door at 9:20). If you want a more leisurely stay it re-opens at 10am costing 8 euros. The 11th-century building was reclaimed by the Christians who built their cathedral within the heart of the Mosque. The red and white arches seem to run on forever, they are in fact the length of four football pitches!

All that wandering will surely make you hungry, time for a pit stop at Bar Santos, located on Calle Magistral González Francés, 3. Re-invigorate yourself with a beer and a slice from the biggest tortilla you may have ever seen!

Have lunch

Try a local dish known as flamenquín. It consists of slices of Jamon serrano wrapped in pieces of pork loin which are then coated in egg and breadcrumbs and deep fried. Try it at Casa Pepe de la Juderia, Calle Romero.

Spend the afternoon

Wandering around the Juderia area with its cobbled streets lined with flower pots. Then head east to Plaza del Potro, mentioned by Cervantes in Don Quixote.

Dine out

Along from Plaza del Potro is Bodegas Campos, Calle Lineros, 32. This is a traditional bodega covered in Flamenco posters and signed barrels of sherry, see if you can find former UK prime minister Tony Blair’s barrel. You can stop off for a tapa here or stay for a full meal. Both the relaxed tavern and restaurant have excellent food.

Late night wander

The Roman Bridge over the river. Walk across and then look back for a beautiful view - at night the Mezquita is illuminated and makes for a romantic end to the day. The bridge may be better known to most as the Long Bridge of Volantis from Game of Thrones, though you may need to use your imagination to fill in all the CGI from the TV show!

Spend the next day

Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos is a former royal palace near the Mezquita with stunning gardens, providing some greenery to this yellow-stoned city.

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