Guide to the Patios Festival of Córdoba

Los Patios de Córdoba

(Every May)

Forming a main part of the famous mayo cordobés, the patios festival is one of the top two tourist pulls to this city along with the Mezquita.

In fact, hotels and Air B&Bs book up for the whole week, months in advance so you have to get in there and book quickly! Prices skyrocket too. A good way of seeing the patios festival without being stung on extortionate accommodation prices would be to stay somewhere else such as Seville or Málaga (both only an hour and a half drive away) and travel to Córdoba for the day to see the patios.

Los Patios de Córdoba is a UNESCO Intangible World Heritage festival and is emblematic of this floral city. One thing I associate with Córdoba immediately whenever I think of it is flowers and plants, from the wild jasmine that crawls the street walls, to orange trees that line the roadsides, to the blue plant pots stuck mounted on walls all around, usually illed with geraniums. There is even an alley called La Calleja de las Flores which is lined with said blue plant pots, leading to a view of the Mezquita.

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The Mezquita of Córdoba

“The Mezquita epitomises this influence in the city, serving as a constant palpable reminder of its days as a mega powerful Caliphate when Córdoba was known in Arabic as Qurtuba, in the region of al-Andalus.”

There are plenty of articles and blog posts on the internet about the Mezquita already.

I can’t provide new information on it as such as it has all been said before, however I am hoping to tell you here just why it is so amazing and unique and the effect it has with every visit or just simply passing by it.

No trip to Córdoba would be complete without a trip to the Mezquita!

There is no way I can write a blog on Andalucía, being a former resident of Córdoba, and not write about this monumental, awe-inspiring site…

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Best Places to Drink in Córdoba: Bar El Clandestino

When I think back to many of the fantastic times I had out and about whilst living in Córdoba, Bar El Clandestino is the place that mainly springs to mind.

A couple I used to work with introduced me to it very early on and I was relieved that I’d found somewhere a bit more in tune with what I enjoy from a good bar (as much as the quaint Spanish tabernas were a lovely cultural experience, I needed something a bit cooler and more modern too).

Situated on Calle Diario de Córdoba on the bended road heading from the town hall  and Roman Temple down towards the river, it is one of those classic legendary postage-stamp sized bars which always seems to the most popular kind of place. It is just on the edge of La Judería (the old Jewish district/UNESCO World Heritage site of Córdoba’s historic centre) and close to several places to eat, should the mood take you.

Friday nights would have dozens of people spilling out of the bar and milling round the street outside, a happy and chilled vibe where you could meet anyone and end up with another new drinking partner.

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28 Spanish Sayings to Sound Like a Local!

Part of the fun of learning a new language is picking up slang or local phrases. This not only helps you to feel integrated and natural when chatting to a native speaker but it’s also a great ice breaker.

I was lucky enough to live in a city in Spain (Córdoba) where English isn’t widely spoken. It is on the rise and lots of people attend English academies so it won’t be long before the locals speak the language fluently but I was immersed into the language from scratch back in 2015.

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It’s a stunning city which is as typically Spanish as it gets with flamenco, ferias and breathtaking Moorish architecture such as the Mezquita and the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos.

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Alcázar de los Reyes Católicos

Córdoba is often overlooked by tourists in favour of Sevilla and Granada but this is a real shame as Córdoba is magical and leaves a long-lasting impression. It was my privilege to live there for almost four years and where I became fluent in Spanish from scratch.

Read on to arm yourself with Spanish phrases to sound like a native!

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Bringing Spring to Autumn in Córdoba- Festival FLORA

In 2017, the Ayuntamiento de Córdoba (council) decided to liven up the city’s autumn calendar with an event which would bring alegría (joy) to the streets.

Córdoba is synonymous with the season of spring and even the month of May is adopted by it, known affectionately as ‘El mayo córdobes‘.

This is a culturally rich season celebrating the arrival of Andalucía’s most pleasant weather where locals and tourists alike descend upon the Cata del Vino, the Cruces de mayo and the mother of all Córdobes festivals, the Feria de Nuestra Señora de la Salud.

However, its autumn had been lacking something. As the much awaited cooler weather draws in, there tended not to be much to look forward to until Christmas.

What better idea then to bring international artists, floral art installations, light and melodies to town?

Thus, Festival FLORA was conceived.

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