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This is the first in a series of five Spanish English Parallel Texts with Spanish audio about Spanish city Córdoba in southern Spain.

Córdoba is one of the Spanish cities that I would put towards the very top of my list of recommended Spanish cities to visit. It is a beautiful Andalucían city that is incredibly “Spanish” and a great place to learn about Spanish culture and history and to sample some of the best in Spanish food and drink. Córdoba is located inland and so is not the place to go if you are looking for a Spanish beach holiday, but is still less than two hours drive away from Málaga on the south coast and the wonderful Costa del Sol beaches. Córdoba gets as hot as an oven in summer months, so be prepared, but this is Andalucía after all!

In this, the first of the Spanish English Parallel Texts about Córdoba, you will hear and read a short introduction to the city. Try your best to listen to my Spanish audio a few times first to see how much you understand and then after one of two listens you can check first the Spanish text and afterwards the English text. Don’t go straight for the easy option of listening and reading and especially try not to concentrate too heavily on the English translation.

So far in this course of Spanish English Parallel Texts looking at the major Spanish cities we have looked at Barcelona, Madrid, Bilao, Sevilla, León, Oviedo, Zaragoza, Cáceres, Santiago de Compostella, Cuenca, Granada, and Tarragona and all of the lessons are available completely FREE here on the website.

Spanish English Parallel Texts: Córdoba Parte 1 Introducción

Cordoba (Parte 1)

In Spanish:

Córdoba es la capital de la provincia del mismo nombre y está situada en Andalucía, en el sur de España, a orillas del río Guadalquivir. Originalmente se llamaba “Corduba” cuando fue fundada por Claudio Marcelo en la época romana.

Se estima que en el siglo X, Córdoba tenía más de 500.000 habitantes, lo que la convirtió en la ciudad más grande de Europa occidental y, tal vez incluso, del mundo. Hoy en día, el casco antiguo de Córdoba contiene muchos impresionantes recordatorios arquitectónicos de cuando la ciudad fue la próspera capital del Califato de Córdoba, que gobernó casi toda la Península Ibérica. La ciudad está situada en una depresión del valle del Guadalquivir, con fácil acceso a los ricos recursos mineros de Sierra Morena (carbón, plomo y zinc).

Córdoba tiene un clima mediterráneo con influencias atlánticas costeras. Los inviernos son suaves, con heladas aisladas. Los veranos tienen las más altas temperaturas máximas de toda Europa. La temperatura local mínima en el verano es de unos 27 ° C. Las precipitaciones se concentran en los meses más fríos y son generadas por las tormentas del oeste que se producen con más frecuencia de diciembre a febrero.

In English:

Córdoba is the capital of the province of the same name and is located in Andalusia, southern Spain on the banks of the “Guadalquivir” river. It was originally called “Corduba” when founded by Claudius Marcellus in Roman times.

It is estimated that in the tenth century Córdoba had up to 500,000 inhabitants, making it the largest city in Western Europe and, maybe even, in the world. Today Córdoba’s old town contains many impressive architectural reminders of when the city was the thriving capital of the Caliphate of Córdoba that governed almost all of the Iberian peninsula. The city is located in a depression of the valley of the “Guadalquivir” with easy access to the rich mining resources of the Sierra Morena (coal, lead, zinc).

Córdoba has a Mediterranean climate with Atlantic coastal influences. Winters are mild with isolated frosts. Summers have the highest maximum and minimum temperatures in the whole of Europe. Local minimum summer temperature is about 27 °C. Rainfall is concentrated in the coldest months and is generated by storms from the west that occur more often from December through February.

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