Midway between Cordoba’s famous Mezquita and the Almodóvar city gate, there is another gem rich in history - the ancient Arabian souq (Zoco municipal), a historic market place.
Formerly used as an Arabian market - hence the denotation as souq - today this place is the home to a number of artist’s workshops and stores manufacturing and offering local arts and crafts. Thus, locals refer to the souq as Mercado de la Artesanía (Arts and crafts market).
The two-story Mudéjar style building harboring the market is worth seeing. Expect to find traditional architecture in the entire area. The beautiful patio is framed by a colonnade offering access to the artisan shops.
Visitors can watch how craftspeople make unique products such as leather items, ceramic and filigrees. When it comes to handmade leather works (so-called Cordobanes and Guadamecíes), there is a tradition of manufacturing these goods lasting back to the 8th century.
So this is site is not only worth visiting for its architectural beauty and historic importance, but it is perfect for grabbing wonderful keepsakes.