A trip to Andalusia is the opportunity to get charmed by the colors, the music and by the splendor of past civilizations. Hence, by visiting the patios de Cordoba (courtyards), located in the ancient quarter of this ancient capital of Al- Andalus you go on a trip which is a feast for the senses.

1. The patios de Cordoba are blooming

Every year, in May, the city of Cordoba, located in the Andalusian region of Spain, organises a patios contest. This tradition, a legacy of Roman and Arabic cultures, is recorded as an Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. This is a competition, at the close of which the local authorities will appoint the winner, the most beautifully decorated patio !

in may, there is a contest of the nices patios de cordoba

Cordoba – Patio

During the festival period, visitors can stroll around in the whitewashed patios de Cordoba, under the benevolent owners’s gaze. So many bright colors, pleasant scents of geranium, jasmine, orange blossom … The decoration is also important, such as the old picture on the wall, hanging near an old lamp, an artfully arranged wheelbarrow under a ceramic tile etching, a small fountain where daisies float on the surface of the water. In short, every inch of the patio should convey a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere… typically Andalusian.

the atmosphere is comfortable in the patios de cordoba

Patio Cordoba Spain

You will be amazed by the beauty of these small tiny places hidden in the heart of Cordoba’s homes.
This calm, pastoral visit of the city is also an opportunity to chat with the residents, savvy gardeners, who get prepared all year round to offer the best sight of colorful flowers.
In addition, a musical entertainment program is offered to the visitors. (guitar , flamenco , …).As a result, “es la fiesta de los patios de Cordoba!” It is the party in the patios ! And what a unusual way to visit the old city districts!

2. Palacio de Viana

If you wish to lenghten this sensorial journey, go and visit the Palacio de Viana, a Renaissance building located north of Plaza de la Corredera and admire its 12 beautiful patios. This place is truly dazzling.

the palacio de viana is a renowned palce to visit in Cordoba

Palacio de viana

3. Conclusion

Strolling around the nice patios de Cordoba and the Palacio Viana is a genuine way of visiting Cordoba.

Useful information

Map of our travel to andalusia where we visited cordoba and its patios

Localisation of Cordoba

Where is it located ? In Andaloucia, in the South of Spain
When to go ? The patios festival lasts about 15 days in May, and beyond this period, the  patios of Cordoba can be visited for free (subscription at the Tourism information office of the city).
Must see ? A map showing the itinerary to visit the patios is given to visitors. This year, 47 patios await you in the popular neighborhoods of the city.
The Palacio de Viana is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10h to 19h. and Sundays until 15h. Beware, it is closed on Mondays. Where to sleep ?
We recommend the International Pension, located in the heart of the historic city. There the staff is friendly, gives a lot of information for a successful stay in Cordoba and the place is charming. Finally, this pension is situated in a quiet street, quality sought in a busy city !

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Last updated: 10 November 2017