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Festival of Patios in Cordoba 2023

The event starts at

2 May 2023

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The event ends at

14 May 2023

The Patios Festival is one of the most beautiful festivals in Andalusia.

Córdoba is known throughout Spain as the city with the most beautiful courtyards in the country. So it is no wonder that the inhabitants of the Andalusian city proudly dedicate this festival to these courtyards. The Festival de Patios always takes place at the beginning of May after the festival of the May Crosses.

For 12 days, the residents open the doors to their private courtyards decorated with flowers. Nothing is left to chance, even the flowers are watered in the traditional way with a long stick and tin can. The participants say that nothing measures the amount of water better.

All year-round, the participants are busy making their courtyards as beautiful as possible. Flowers are planted, furniture is arranged and decorative elements are integrated with great passion.

The Patios Festival is one of the most beautiful festivals in Andalusia.

Córdoba is known throughout Spain as the city with the most beautiful courtyards in the country. So it is no wonder that the inhabitants of the Andalusian city proudly dedicate this festival to these courtyards. The Festival de Patios always takes place at the beginning of May after the festival of the May Crosses.

For 12 days, the residents open the doors to their private courtyards decorated with flowers. Nothing is left to chance, even the flowers are watered in the traditional way with a long stick and tin can. The participants say that nothing measures the amount of water better.

All year-round, the participants are busy making their courtyards as beautiful as possible. Flowers are planted, furniture is arranged and decorative elements are integrated with great passion.

History of the Patios

History of the Patios

The court culture of Cordoba goes back to the time of the Roman and Moorish occupations. To escape the heat of summer, they built houses around the courtyard. The Arabs brought the colours and scents to Cordoba.

The Patios Festival was held for the first time in 1918. It has its origins in the old tradition of spending the mild summer nights in Andalusia with friends and neighbours in the inner courtyard.

The festival was not held during the Spanish Civil War but has been held regularly every year since the 1950s.

Strict rules

Strict rules

The rules are strict. Only historical buildings with two floors can be registered for the festival. The walls must be asymmetrical and whitewashed. In addition, the inner courtyard must be visible from the street.

An 8-person jury visits the farms for the annual competition. The most beautiful traditional and the most beautiful modern courtyard will be chosen. There are also special prices.

However, the splendour of flowers alone is not enough to win. The special ambience is also very important. The splashing of the water, the music, the scent, all of this flows into the jury's assessment.

Of the more than 4,000 courtyards in Cordoba, 60 will be open to visitors during the festival. However, you should be patient during the visits. The lines are often very long. But it's worth the wait. The beautiful patios, with the colours and smells are just wonderful.

Learn more about the Festival of Patios in Cordoba

Here are the steps to plan your trip

1. Go to the official website and double check the event availability, prices and regulations.

2. Check below the accommodations in hotels in Cordoba available during the the event. ⤵︎

How to find best prices for hotels

2.1. Pick a hotel room by location and by price.

2.2. The search is done for 1 guest and the entire duration of the event. Click on the 'Filter', 'Guests', and 'Dates' buttons to adjust the search.

🏨 In the 'Filters' section, you can tell if you are looking for hotels or vacation homes. Here, you can filter the results by stars, review ratings, and budget.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 In this section, you can specify the number of guests (adults and children) and the number of rooms you want to book.

📆 Finally, you can change the date of your stay.

2.3. Save more money! Some hotel rooms are provided by multiple hotel booking websites. You will see them on the top of the hotel room details when you hover the mouse over the room. Be it Booking.com, Expedia, Trivago, Opodo, or other providers, select the best price provider for the room during the chosen period.

2.4. If hotel rooms are not available around the event location, you can zoom out or search by a nearby city/town name. If you have a specific hotel in mind, you can even search the particular hotel name.

2.5. Bonus tip: Switch to Experiences search. Perhaps you will find great tours and activities!

2.6. Pro tip: The map of the experiences may help you find the most vibrant areas in the city and the best locations where you can look for accommodations for your stay.

3. Check the flight, bus, and train travel options to the event location

4. If everything is fine you can buy all the tickets

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