This collection of patios have one thing in common. They are all part of the los patios festival in Cordoba, Spain. Once a year private houses all over the city open their courtyards to the public in the same way that we have garden tours. There is a competition so everyone makes a special effort which results in this stunning display. This information comes from the Young Adventuress blog.

If C?rdoba is known for one big festival, it would have to be los patios. C?rdoba is famous for it?s courtyards, and once a year during the festival de los patios cordobeses, private houses all over the city open up their courtyards to the public for 2 weeks in competition. In the tourist office, bars, in the newspaper, or online, you can find a map of the city with all of the patios marked on it with a suggested route. The houses with patios have two small potted pine trees outside to mark it, and this year there were around 50 on display-I made it to almost all of them. It?s a lot of fun to hunt them down and get to see parts of the city that you wouldn?t normally go to.
Patios have a long tradition in Andaluc?a, thanks to the painfully hot Mediterranean climate. In ye olden days, houses were usually built around an inner courtyard with a fountain and well in the middle, with an entrance to the street. They are usually two stories, with tiled or clay floors, a staircase, and arches with balconies or windows overlooking the courtyard with the typical red baked clay tiled roof. Sometimes they are covered with fabric to give shade in the summer or keep out the rain. Nowadays, they are famous because the walls and ground are covered with overflowing colorful flowerpots. Talk about sensory overload!
Most of the courtyards in C?rdoba can be found in the neighborhoods of San Basilio, San Lorenzo, and Santa Marina, which are beautiful areas to walk around and explore anyways. I live between San Lorenzo and Santa Marina, and a place called San Pablo/San Andr?s. In case you haven?t figured it out, neighborhoods in C?rdoba are organized around the local church. All the patios are different, which makes it worthwhile to spend time walking around and seeing as many as you can. I didn?t find my favorites until the last day I went out and walked around. Patios are a really traditional and popular festival in C?rdoba, and they offer a rare glimpse into the traditional Andalusian lifestyle. I?ve tried to narrow my photos down, but it?s hard because I have so many favorites! Enjoy

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