With the arrival of spring, Córdoba adorns itself as it knows best. Patios, flowers, music, color and aromas sweeten this beautiful city located at the foot of the Sierra Morena.
There are many reasons that attract the most varied visitors, from fans of Andalusian architecture to others who are more curious who come to enjoy on-site of its picturesque patios.
And it is logical that the city becomes one of the most visited urban centers in Andalusia during these months. Next, we will tell you the reasons…
Spring begins in Córdoba: the patios
This party is based on merely climatic bases. First the Romans and then the Muslims adapted the typology of their dwellings around interior patios, given the extremely hot and dry climate suffered by a large part of the Guadalquivir depression where the city is located.
The patios, upholstered on all sides by dense vegetation to which was added, in its center, a small fountain or a well that collected rainwater, increased the sensation of coolness and shade to better cope with the harsh summer. .
As well, With the arrival of the long, warm and bright days of spring, Córdoba begins to adorn itself to decorate and give color to these intimate patios of a private nature, (or not so intimate, because in recent years the influx of public they receive is increasing).
The preparation is taken care of in detail, thoroughly and with great affection. It is an essential job to have, Back in the first week of May, everything is ready to celebrate the traditional Fiesta de los Patios de Córdoba.
This festival has become a real attraction for tourists from all over. So much so that the courtyards of Cordoba have been Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO since 2012.
Spring in Córdoba: from the patios to the crosses
In this case, The Feast of the Crosses has religious origins, according to the versions of different historians. Some hypotheses suggest that the celebration of the ‘cross’ dates back to Roman times.
On May 3, Santa Elena found the Santa Cruz and, to check that it was the real thing, placed it on the heads of sick people. They, after that gesture, were miraculously cured.
The first weekend of May, the people of Cordoba erect large and colorful crosses in many squares and corners of the city. These are completely upholstered with flowers, all different, with the stamp or style that neighborhood associations and clubs want to decorate these authentic works of floral art.
Every year around 40 are erected. The most traditional are the crosses located in the neighborhoods of San Basilio, San Andrés, Santa Marina and in the downtown area.
Also, they all participate in a popular contest in which they vote for the most original cross in each district. A real party that is accompanied by sevillanas, shows and of course, with the occasional glass of fine Cordovan.
A true floral battle
Another of the most popular festivals in Córdoba is known as the Battle of the Flowers. It is a great parade of floats decorated with flowers that runs through the streets of the city center.
This festival dates back to the first third of the 20th century. It consists of the women, dressed in gypsy costumes and climbing on the floats, walk the streets of Cordoba throwing carnations to the public. This, in turn, returns them, so this procession becomes a real floral battle.
Romeros de la Mezquita, La Alegría de la Viñuela or Carnations and Castanets These are some of the nicknames with which these magnificent floats are identified, which parade through the streets of this sultan city every year, bringing color, light and happiness to all its visitors.
And this is Córdoba, so colorful, so perfumed. The place where, in the words of the legendary Andalusian rock group medina azahara“the dreams of people who want to fly shine”.
White Christian and Moorish queen / I walk your carnation and pink streets, / you fill my dreams of freedom.
Between my dreams I walk alone / through the corners that adorn you, / the smell of orange blossom and jasmine nights.
Here springs fit / Here I always dream of seeing them, / when I leave, let me be here.