Córdoba's Patio Festival
May is probably the finest time to visit this wonderful city, Cordoba’s patios and streets grow ever more colourful with a host of flowers, mosaics and ceramics for the annual Córdoba Patios Festival.
Due to the hot climate, buildings in Cordoba have historically been structured around a central patio which was often decorated with plants and water features to create a cool area. The people of Córdoba wanted to share their beautiful courtyards and opened their doors to invite others to marvel at their colourful handiwork. In 1921 Córdoba’s town hall began organising the annual Courtyards and Crosses competition as part of the Patios Festival with the city’s best patios competing for recognition. The festival begins with a jubilant parade known as the ‘Battle of the Flowers’ and then the lasts for a week with plenty of music, flamenco, tapas, wine and, of course, flowers filling the streets of Córdoba with revelry.
In 2016 the festival took place between 2nd and 15th May, however some patios are open to visit from April to June.
The Patios Festival coincides with the Córdoba Feria. Based around the city's main fairground, the fiesta is the liveliest event in Córdoba with many flamenco performances, horse shows, and firework displays to be enjoyed throughout May.
Photos kindly provided by Turismo de Córdoba