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Roman Bridge (Puente Romano)
Roman Bridge (Puente Romano)

Roman Bridge (Puente Romano)

Av. del Alcázar, s/n, Cordoba, Spain, 14003

The Basics

Constructed by the Romans, this ancient structure may have been preceded by an earlier wooden bridge. Until 2004 cars were allowed on the bridge, but now it's for pedestrians only. Explore this attraction—and snap a photo with the patron saint of Cordoba, San Rafael, in statue form—on a private or small-group tour of the city, or day trip from nearby Seville and Malaga, all of which typically include a visit to the Roman Bridge.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Roman Bridge is a must-see for all first-time visitors to Cordoba, as well as architecture and Roman history buffs.

  • Game of Thrones fans may recognize the Roman Bridge from the series’ season five, when it was transformed by CGI into the Long Bridge of Volantis.

  • The river is surrounded by several species of bird, making the bridge a popular spot for bird-watchers.

  • The bridge is made of stone slabs that are accessible to wheelchair users; the bridge is also lit at night to help with visibility.

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How to Get There

The Roman Bridge is located just south of the Mezquita (Grand Mosque) in Cordoba’s Old City, only steps away from the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos and within easy walking distance of top attractions and hotels. Cordoba is serviced by daily buses to and from major cities such as Madrid, Seville, Malaga, and Granada.

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When to Get There

For more picturesque views of the Roman Bridge, go in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds. Overall, the best time to visit Cordoba is arguably during its Patio Festival—usually held in the first two weeks of May—for which residents throw open their doors and allow the public to view their lush private courtyard gardens.

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The Puente Nuevo

Located in Ronda, about a 2.5-hour drive from Cordoba, the Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) is another engineering marvel. Like the Roman Bridge, this 3-arched bridge—which transverses El Tajo Gorge, a sheer limestone ravine—is a popular photography spot and has become an recognizable emblem of Spain.

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