Iberinbound, firstname.lastname@example.org incoming travel agency in Cordoba, specialized in Group tours if they are Educational, Students, Leisure , ad-hoc groups, Shorex, MICE. Relaxing on the beach is not everybody´s favourite holiday activity, as some rather prefer spending their time with traditional and folkloric festivals full of color and perfume as the The Cordoba Patios Festival.
The Cordoba Patios Festival is known in Spanish as “La Fiesta de los Patios Cordobeses” or simply “Los Patios de Cordoba” and is Cordoba’s most anticipated yearly event.
For 13 days in May, the Cordobeses throw open the gates and doors to their private patios and reveal the secret floral delights within. The Cordoba Patios Festival takes place every year during the first week of May and is a long standing tradition of the city of Cordoba in Andalucia. “Patios” translates to “courtyards” and the festival celebrates the art of elaborately decorating courtyards with hundreds of colorful flowers and plants.
Since the first patios event in 1918, the Cordobeses have been cultivating and caring for their patios every day. These secret courtyards are privately owned, hidden behind the homes, doors and walls of the city, but for one week of the year they are opened to the public, who can come and enjoy the beauty of the flowers, plants and architecture.
What are the best routes for The Cordoba Patios Festival?
A great place to start a route through the patios is at the Palacio de Viana – a 15th century manor house surrounded by 12 beautiful courtyards, situated in the Santa Marina neighborhood.
The San Basilio or “Alcazar Viejo” neighborhood and the Juderia neighborhood or “Old Jewish Quarter” are also ideal spots to start a route through the city.
The amount of patios change each year and thus, the routes do as well.
The patios are a floral paradise, each space is filled with plant pots of brown, blue or green overflowing with flowers of all colors, shapes and sizes. Lush green leaves are accented with explosions of vivid pinks, bright reds, dark purples, burnt oranges and delicate pastel shades.
The History of the Patios of Cordoba
The Patios of Cordoba tradition dates back to Roman times. Located in a part of the country where temperatures are extreme, the Patios required constant care and attention all year round. This was no small feat considering that in Cordoba, daytime temperatures often surpass 40 ° C in the summer months and night time frosts are not uncommon.
To compensate for this harsh climate, the Romans and then later on the Muslims built their houses in a particular way, incorporating courtyards into the center of the building complex. These courtyards were cool, shaded inner spaces where families congregated to escape the summer heat and collect any rainwater that fell.
The Muslims, however, are the ones that really took creating relaxing patios and inner spaces to a whole new level. They are credited with introducing water features and plants into the patios, with the purpose of increasing the sense of freshness and tranquility. Interestingly, this actually works very well and temperatures inside some patios are said to be between 10 ° C – 15 ° C cooler than the street outside the house, a huge difference in the summer months.
Muslims also put a lot more emphasis on the social element. They believed that a patio should not just be a place of a beauty and tranquility, but also a place for people to meet and socialize.
UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage
The Cordoba Patios Festival was added to UNESCO’s list of World Intangible Cultural Heritage sites in 2012 and was followed by the Valencia Fallas Festival in 2016.