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Patio Festival
(Courtyard Festival)

When Cordobans celebrate the annual Courtyard Festival and Contest, the beautiful courtyards of their homes are open to the public. Many house owners in Cordoba’s traditional neighborhoods join the contest and open their doors. So everyone has the chance to get insights in architectural treasures that are typical for Cordoba - the so called Patios. During the festival, people are welcome to enjoy courtyards of incomparable beauty, packed with trees and flowers, fountains and accessories.

The twitter of birds, ripple of water and the odor of flowers will make you forget the world for moments. Nothing reminds you of being in the heart of such a vibrant and busy city.

Many Patios are furnished, because Cordobans love it to enjoy warm summer nights staying outside and chattering with their neighbors.

The Patio Festival is a tradition that began in 1918. During the Spanish civil war it had been interrupted and became reintroduced in the 1950s. The festival is intended to make hidden treasures available to the public. Furtermore, it is to honor the residents’ efforts to retain these traditional places.

The festival is a tradition which is unique in the world. By the way, there is a saying the patios of Cordoba would be the most beautiful courtyards all across Spain. We believe this is true. So does Unesco, the United Nations’ cultural organization. As of 2012, the Cordoba Patios belong to the world cultural heritage.

Balconies and Window Grilles Contest
Experience beautiful photo scenes in the streets of the historic district. A number of balconies and window grilles are covered with an overwhelming flowerage during the Balconies and Window Grilles Contest which is held annually on the occasion of the Patio Fest.
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Visit a patio any time of the year
Although patios are normally closed for the public, visitors now have the opportunity to visit one of these hidden gems any time of the year. The owners of the patio in the Pedro Fernández Street 6 let visitors have an insight at any time.
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Patio Interpretive Center
Experience Cordoba’s legendary courtyards around the year: One of the most beautiful Patios in town now harbors an interpretation center providing in-depth information about Cordoba’s beautiful Patios and the tradition of the famous Patio Festival. More Information

Spending the night in a Patio
How about spending your night in a Patio and feel the soul of Cordoba? Embrujo de Azahar apartments offers the opportunity to make this unforgettable experience. More Information

Patios@Christmas Season
A wonderful experience is a patio visit at Christmas time. Discover some 25 patios that open their doors for the public during holiday season. Do not miss. More Information

 

Date

Admission


# of Patios

1 - 13 May 2018

Free. A small donation is appreciated, but not required.

approx. 50

 

 


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