When spring arrives the patios of Cordoba are adorned to participate in a competition as original as colorful. It’s the Festival of Cordoban Patios, one of the city’s most beloved popular fiestas and which allows visitors to enter into the heart of the cordovan traditions. During the second and third week of the month of may the cordoban patios are adorned to celebrate a tradition that dates back to the last century. Then a magical atmosphere hangs over the streets of Cordoba to wrap the visitors with its thousand aromas and colors. The Festival of Cordoban Patios is not one celebration, is a real popular festival which its citizens feel deeply proud.
Evidenced by the fact that at least 50 yards every year enroll in the contest. The central motivation is not the prize itself but the opportunity to keep alive an ancient tradition. A look at the pasadoLa passion for the courtyards was a legacy that the cordoban received directly from the Romans and the Arabs, for whom the central courtyard was a very important place of the House dedicated to relaxation and fun. Why in Cordoba were built real palaces with central courtyards completely landscaped and adorned with water games and polychrome mosaics. When it passed the era of splendor, the majority of these noble houses were subdivided into several houses that shared a common space: patio. Then the cordoban exploited the slightest celebration to decorate their respective zones of the patio trying to each one was more beautiful than its neighbors. From 1933, this popular tradition became an official event that is held once a year.
Between camellias and helechosDurante the festival you can visit for free all the courtyards which participate in the competition. You know what because the owners placed next to the door of your House a pot of hedges. One aspect that will amaze you is the variety of courtyards that are participating in the contest, from smaller spaces to others that have not much to envy to the palatial gardens. However, all they have one point in common: the petunias, begonias, camellias, hydrangeas and ferns are the absolute protagonists. It is worth clarifying that in recent years some of these homes also have become breakfast but since the number of rooms that offer still is very reduced, more secure will be booked in advance for hotels in Cordoba.