From Torremolinos I took the metro to Malaga, where I took a train to Cordoba. I stayed two nights in a guesthouse in the old Jewish Quarter. Cordoba has the highest summer temperatures in the whole of Europe. And with 36 degrees Celsius in the afternoon it was already very hot to stroll around in the historic centre.
Cordoba was a Roman settlement on the right bank of the Guadalquivir, taken over by the Visigoths, and followed by the Muslim conquests in the eighth century. In that time Cordoba became the world leading centre of education and learning and the second largest city of Europe. In 1236 Cordoba was conquered by the Christian conquest. The large history still shows off by examples of Moorish architecture, such as the Mezquita-Catedral.
During my stay Cordoba hosted its annually Festival de los Patios. Many houses of the historic centre opened their private patios to the public and compete in a contest in floral decorations.