Just got the 2015 Spain book and it has no info about arriving in Cordoba by car. Anyone have info about parking near Mezquita?
We stayed in a little hostal very near the Mezquita (maybe a four-block walk to the old town). We just parked on the street, near a public park.
How 'near' ?
Are you staying in Cordoba? Ask your accommodation.
There is street parking on both sides of the river, google map street view and see for youself, my guesstimate ten minutes walk for either or do your best with this list - http://english.turismodecordoba.org/index2.cfm?codigo=0176
I prefer to find a larger lot or garage out a bit from the old center instead of trying to drive all the way in. I seem to remember a lot on Paseo de la Victoria, under the large long park. That's a 10 minute walk to Mesquita, I'm sure there are taxis around too. I don't know Cordobas bus system, but that's a possibility. It's not far from the train and bus station, which might also have parking and will certainly have cabs and local busses. I walked from the train station once, 20 minutes, no problem.
This is for if you're day tripping in - if you are sleeping in Cordoba, ask the hotel. They may have a deal with a nearby garage etc.
Look at Google maps. There is a Roman Bridge - Puente Romano de Cordoba - (walking only) that goes across the river from right at the Mezquita. On the other side is Av. Fray Albino and/or Calle Bajada del Puente where you can drive and park free. Most of the tour buses park there and their groups walk across the Roman Bridge into the old center.
Thanks for the info. We are looking at a hotel across from the Mezquita that does not have parking but it indicated there was free parking nearby. You info confirms this and will help us in our plans. This would be great info for Rick to include in his guide book. He is usually on top of things.
I see that there is a the lack of driving info in that chapter of the book. On the plus side, it should be a god sign that nobody found it necessary to add special warnings.
We stayed at a hotel on that side of the bridge on Fray Albino, Hotel Hesperia Cordoba. I thought it was a decent place, easy to get into and out of, nice rooms, a roof lounge with a great view, and easy access into the center.
I like staying in the center when I can. With a car this was a really good option.