The city of Córdoba is known for many reasons: its impressive Mosque-Cathedral, its historical and cultural heritage, and its gastronomy. But one of the greatest treasures that this Andalusian city houses are its patios, declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
The origin and legacy of the Patios de Córdoba
The tradition of patios in Cordoba dates back to Roman times, but it was during the Muslim era that they became a fundamental part of daily life in the city. In those times, the patios were used as a resting and meeting place for families, and they were decorated with plants, fountains and decorative elements. With the arrival of the Christians, this tradition was maintained and was enriched with new decorative and architectural elements.
Patios Cordobeses Contest: a colorful competition for a perfect trip
Today, Cordoba patios are a true treasure that can be enjoyed all year long, but it is in this month of May that the Córdoba patio contest is held, a unique opportunity to admire the most beautiful patios in the city.
Until Sunday, May 14, the date on which it ends, the 101st edition of the Patios Cordobeses Festival is celebrated , an event that brings together thousands of visitors who want to admire the beauty and art of these oases of tranquility and beauty in whitewashed houses throughout the city.
More than 50 patios with their doors to the public that compete for the prize for the best patio in different categories and parallel activities such as concerts, exhibitions, workshops and tastings that make “May” even more attractive cordovan”
Houses and public buildings open their patios to the public, displaying their beauty and the creativity of their owners and, during the rest of the year, many of them can also be visited for free or for a small fee.
What makes the patios of Córdoba a marvel for all the senses?
The patios are decorated with a wide variety of plants, flowers and trees that create a fresh and welcoming atmosphere. The fountains, the ponds and the small streams that run through them add a touch of freshness and tranquility. In addition, the patios are full of decorative objects, such as ceramics, pots, lanterns and other elements that make each patio unique.
But the beauty of patios isn’t limited to what you see. We must also highlight its aroma, since the perfume of flowers and plants mixes with the smell of damp earth and creates a very pleasant atmosphere. And let’s forget the sound of water running through the fountains and ditches, creating a relaxing and refreshing atmosphere.
And, of course, the patios of Córdoba are a marvel for the palate. During the patio contest, many houses offer tastings of typical products of Cordovan gastronomy, such as salmorejo, Iberian ham or fine wine. But even outside these dates, many patios have bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a meal or a drink in the open air, surrounded by the beauty and tranquility of the patios.
If you have the opportunity to visit Córdoba, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy this heritage jewel that has made visitors from all over the world fall in love.
Where to stay? In the historic center: Macià Alfaros.
If you want to live this unforgettable experience and in the heart of this festivity, we recommend that you book your accommodation at our Maciá Alfaros de Córdoba hotel, located in the historic center of the city where you can easily access the main monuments and participating patios in the festival.
At Maciá Alfaros de Córdoba we maintain that legacy and the essence of Córdoba in the architecture of our hotel, in its decoration, in its interior patio, in the flowing water, in its essence.