The Festival of Patios de Córdoba is an annual event that takes place in the beautiful Andalusian city of Córdoba, declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2012. During its celebration, the patios of the neighbouring houses of the historic centre of the city are open to the public and decorated with exotic flowers and plants.
It has its origins in Roman times, when courtyards were a common feature in the homes of wealthy citizens. During the Islamic era, courtyards became a fundamental part of the city’s architecture. They were a way to relieve the summer heat and were also used to grow medicinal plants and herbs.
Today, the Patios Festival is one of the main tourist attractions in Córdoba. They are a manifestation of Andalusian culture and show the ability of residents to create dream spaces in the heart of the city. The patios are decorated with a great variety of flowers and plants, highlighting geraniums, carnations, daisies, azaleas, jasmine, and many others. Visitors can walk through the patios and enjoy their beauty and fragrance, while learning about the history and culture of Córdoba.
It is an opportunity to enjoy the joy of spring in Andalusia, and to learn about the history and tradition of this wonderful city. The patios of Córdoba are the reflection of the rich culture of the region, and the festival is a way to celebrate that culture and preserve it for future generations.
When are the Patios de Córdoba held?
The festival takes place the first half of May and lasts approximately two weeks. During this time, the patios are open to the public free of charge and the owners compete for the prize for the most beautiful patio. Visitors can vote for their favourite patios, and various prizes are awarded at the end of the festival.
The Patios Festival is also an opportunity to enjoy Andalusian music and gastronomy. Many patios have music and dance performances, and visitors can enjoy a wide variety of tapas and wine from the region. In addition, various events are organized, such as open-air concerts and art exhibitions, which complement the beauty and joy of the patios.
Visiting the Patios de Córdoba
Visiting the Patios de Cordoba is free and no prior appointment is required.
The visiting hours of the Patios de Córdoba are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the morning and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the afternoon.
During these days, Cordoba is divided into 6 routes where you can enjoy a total of 53 Patios taking part in the contest, as well as 10 patios that do not participate. These routes are Regina – El Realejo, Sta Marina – S. Agustin, San Lorenzo, Santiago – S. Lorenzo, Judería – S. Francisco and Alcázar Viejo or San Basilio, this being the most characteristic neighbourhood.
Follow this link to see the different routes and courtyards, in addition to the different events taking place in Cordoba on the occasion.
Where to stay to visit the Patios de Córdoba?
If you are planning to visit Patios de Cordoba Festival, Vitium Córdoba hotel is the ideal place to stay. We are located in the heart of the historic centre, a few minutes’ walk from any of the Patios competition areas.
In addition, Vitium Córdoba hotel offers all the comforts and services you need to enjoy your stay in the city. The rooms are tastefully decorated and equipped with all modern comforts, including air conditioning, flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi.
Do not miss out on the opportunity to visit the Patios and stay at a privileged location with high-quality services. Book now a unique and unforgettable experience in one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.