At 300kph the AVE train takes only a few hours to reach Córdoba from Barcelona, arriving in the searing heat (40°C) of mid afternoon. The city shuts down at 2 pm on days like this.
Inside the city walls ...
... curving narrow streets provide shade
What to do on a searing hot Córdoba afternoon when it's 40°C?
Roman Bridge across the Guadalquivir leads to the Mesquita (Mosque)
Minaret of the Mosque, converted to the Cathedral bell tower in 1593
Holy Spirit Gate, one entrance to the Cathedral
The huge Mesquita (Mosque) started 785 - the most exquisite Islamic architecture ...
... had a Cathedral built inside in 1523 - even the King thought they had ruined something unique
The mirhab in the Mosque-Cathedral indicates the direction of Mecca
Biggest and best tortillas in Córdoba, standing room only inside and out
Salmorejo (local version of cold tomato soup) with fino (dry wine, similar to sherry)
Followed by Flamenquin (pork with ham, rolled up and fried)
Or Berenjena con Miel de Caña (fried eggplant drizzled with treacle)
And a fiti fiti (half sweet, half dry sherry-like local wines) to finish
Alcázar (Fortified Palace) of the Christian Kings - the first voyages to America were planned here
Córdoba's Synagogue survived the Inquisition
Roman mosaic found under ...
... Plaza de la Corredera (empty in the afternoon heat)
Plaza del Portos (Colts) from our apartment - Cervantes stayed in the building to the left (referred to in Don Quijote as a den of thieves)