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How to Experience the Cordoba Patios Festival (Fiesta de los Patios de Cordoba)

How to Experience the Cordoba Patios Festival (Fiesta de los Patios de Cordoba)

The city of Cordoba explodes into bloom for the Cordoba Patios Festival (Fiesta de los Patios de Cordoba), a celebration of local architecture, flowers, and flamenco that’s recognized by UNESCO as part of the world’s Intangible Heritage. Here’s what you need to know before you go.

 

When to Go

The Cordoba Patios Festival is held during the first two weeks of May, when the participating houses are open for visits every day during set hours; Each day of the festival also brings both free and ticketed musical performances, shows, and expositions, but Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays tend to offer the most scheduled events.

 

Where to Go

Festival organizers publish an online map of all the open patios, but with dozens of options it can be hard to know where to start. Patio tours offer a curated experience and hand-picked destinations, so you’re sure to see the festival highlights. Tours range from 90-minute introductions to half-day trips, leaving you plenty of free time. Because most of the patios are equipped with access ramps, the festival is accessible to visitors with reduced mobility, and Cordoba’s accessibility office is available to answer questions about getting around. 

 

How to Go

Though traffic can get snarled during the most popular events, many of the patios are located in walkable neighborhoods, so exploring on foot is a great alternative to driving. A bike tours can be an appealing way to see even more of the city than you could on a walking tour, or you can get a different perspective entirely by climbing to some of Cordoba’s rooftop terraces; the hidden spots feature great views across the city.

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Authentic Patios of Cordoba Guided Tour

Authentic Patios of Cordoba Guided Tour

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Take a walk in the Alcazar Viejo district to view the flower-filled courtyards of Cordoba. Your tour gives you access to five private residences where you can get see the flowers on the patios and meet the residents. Though the annual Festival de los Patios is held in the spring, the patios can be enjoyed at other times throughout the year with this tour.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.92
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$21.92

Patios tour in Cordoba

Patios tour in Cordoba

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Walk in the footsteps of Spanish nobility on this 2.5-hour tour of the lush patios of Córdoba’s Viana Palace. Originally built in the 14th century, the stunning palace has hosted scores of royal family members and aristocrats throughout the centuries. Learn about its regal history from your guide as you stroll through 7 different patios and courtyards, each a garden oasis blooming with palm trees and flowers.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.27
Price varies by group size
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$18.27
Price varies by group size

Patios of Cordoba Festival Tour

Patios of Cordoba Festival Tour

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Tour Córdoba’s most beautiful private patios as chosen by town hall during a festival that takes place each May. Visit 10 to 15 of the winning patios and courtyards with a guide, while learning about the history of this local tradition. Get a peek behind the walls of historic villas and upscale residences to admire the immaculate garden designs and fragrant vegetation. After the tour, stop at a tavern for tapas and a taste of Montilla-Moriles wine — a favorite local libation.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$14.61
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$14.61
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Córdoba Rooftop Experience with Wine Tasting

Córdoba Rooftop Experience with Wine Tasting

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See Córdoba’s ancient sights from a whole new perspective on a tour that takes you to hidden rooftop terraces around the city center. Climb the tower of the Roman Bridge and to the top of other historic buildings for awe-inspiring views of the Mosque-Cathedral, Guadalquivir River, and the city’s unique bell patios. Back on the ground, walk down Spain's narrowest street and relax over a glass of wine.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$104.74
Price varies by group size
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$104.74
Price varies by group size
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Cordoba Sultana bike tour

Cordoba Sultana bike tour

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Discover modern and historical Córdoba on a 2-hour bike tour of the city. Travel in time from modern Cordoba to the Roman era as you explore different districts with your guide. Learn about the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish heritage of southern Spain, and see attractions such as the Mosque-Cathedral (Mezquita), the Roman Bridge, the Jewish Quarter, and Guadalquivir River, along with vibrant plazas around the city center.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.45
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Off the beaten path. Cordoba Patios Tour

Off the beaten path. Cordoba Patios Tour

If you’re a culture connoisseur, don’t miss out on this 2-hour small-group tour of Cordoba’s famous patios, a UNESCO World Heritage tradition celebrated during the annual Patios Festival. Alongside your guide, visit three distinctive patios, characterized by plants, tiles, hanging artifacts, and water features, and learn about why the outdoor spaces are so important to residents of Cordoba.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$119.35
Price varies by group size
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$119.35
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures