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Discover the Magic of the Córdoba Patio Festival (2 to 12 May 2024)

The Córdoba Patio Festival or Flower Festival is known in Spanish as La Fiesta de los Patios Cordobeses or Los Patios de Córdoba. Discover the magical beauty of Córdoba’s most colourful annual event.

By Liza S. | Updated 4 Apr 2024 | Córdoba | Events | Login to add to YOUR Favourites Favourites Icon or Read Later

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Córdoba Patio Festival: One of Spain's Most Popular Festivals

Cordobans celebrate the annual Patio Festival and Flower Contest by opening their beautiful courtyards of their homes to the public. Many house owners in Córdoba’s traditional neighborhoods join the contest and open their doors. So everyone has the chance to see the architectural treasures that are typical for Córdoba - the so-called Patios.

During the festival, people are welcome to enjoy courtyards of incomparable beauty, packed with trees and flowers, fountains and accessories.Throughout the old town, the Cordobeses open the gates and doors to their private patios and reveal the secret floral delights within. You can tell which patios are open by the presence of plant pots on either side of the street door.

When is the Cordoba Patio Festival in 2024?

In 2024, the Cordoba Patio Festival will take place from 2 to 12 May 2024.

The Cordoba Patio Festivals is an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The Córdoba Patios Festival is a celebration that has been declared an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO.

The Patios have become true works of art, an explosion of colour with the interior flowerpots, railings, wells and balconies. The visitor is overwhelmed by a sea of flowers and aromatic plants, sweet fragrances and colour. Each patio vies with the others and the challenge, to have the most attractive patio in Córdoba, is hotly contested.

Patios of the Palacio Viana & Patios Around the City

The patios of the Palacio Viana are regular winners of the Córdoba Patio Festival. They have been developed over hundreds of years and are well worth seeing.

That said, the best non-commercial patios are found in the private homes. There, the patios are, quite simply, works of art. Designed, arranged and grown throughout the year, they are romantic oases of cool and colour, where the placement of every bright-red pot of geraniums has been carefully thought out.

Owners are often on hand and delighted to talk to you about the species of flowers and plants adorning the courtyards’ walls. True artists also incorporate ornaments, statues and wall art.

These patios are free to enter. During the Patio Festival, patios are typical open from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 10.00pm. 11:00-14:00 and 18:00-22:00. You can get a map of the patio routes at any of the Cordoba tourist information points.

The Patio Festival is extremely popular so be prepared to wait in line to enter the patios. It's best to go early in the morning as it tends to be less crowded then. Another option is to visit Cordoba slightly before or after the official festival dates when the crowd isn't at its peak.

Respite from the Burning Sun

The tradition of opening up the patios started in 1918, but the concept goes back much further, to Roman times when the larger houses were built around a central, shaded, courtyard called a peristylium.

The Moors, who called their courtyards riads, took this to a whole new level by introducing water features and more formal planting, essentially mini oasis, in their houses in the centre of their towns. In cities such as Córdoba, where in summer the temperatures can reach the mid 40s, they offered respite from the burning sun.

Surprisingly, it works - the patio can be 10 or 15 degrees cooler than the street.

Walking Tours of Cordoba's Patios

While you can definitely DIY your Cordoba Patio Festival experience, a great way to discover some hidden local gems is on a walking tour with a local guide. Tours can fill up way in advance so it's good idea to book them early.

  • Patios & Flowers Guided Tour in English: This tour will take you away from the crowds and to the San Lorenzo, San Agustín, and Santa Marina districts where you'll get exclusive access to several patios and get the chance to talk with the home-owners.
  • Patios & Perfums of Cordoba Festival Tour: On this tour, you'll visit up to 15 of the winning patios of the festival and learn more about this local tradition. End the day with some tapas and a taste of Montilla-Moriles wine.

Can't visit during the Patio festival? Well, you can still get a glimpse of this beautiful tradition even during non-festival times!

See Córdoba's Other Key Attractions

While you're in this beautiful city, don't forget to visit Cordoba's must-see attractions. Here are our top recommended activities and tours:

For more ideas on what to do if you're visiting Cordoba during the Patio Festival, read our article: Top Things to Do in Cordoba.

Where to Stay in Córdoba

Cordoba’s Patio Festival is one of the most anticipated events in the city and it draws thousands of visitors. It’s highly recommended that you book your accommodations in advance if you’re attending the festival.

Here are our top Cordoba hotel recommendations:

  • Patios del Orfebre - Located near the Mezquita, this hotel offers a range of simple but comfortable rooms. Perfect for budget travellers.
  • H10 Palacio Colomera - Mid-range hotel in the historic center with modern and luxurious rooms. Great value for money.
  • Las Casas de la Judería de Córdoba - Lush rooms housed in 17th and 18th-Century houses that are a mix of modern design and Andalucian charm. Unique choice for a couples’ getaway.

Check out our full guide on Where to Stay in Cordoba for more recommendations.

Or find the latest deals in Cordoba below.


More on Córdoba

Cordoba's patios are just one facet of this beautiful, historic city. Read our Cordoba visitor's guide to learn more about what to see and do here.

Check out our other Cordoba articles to help plan your visit:

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