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FERIA DE LOS PATIOS
Every May, Córdoba holds its charming Feria de los Patios, which celebrates the beautiful courtyards of the city’s oldest houses. This is one of the best times to visit, as all the patios (there are usually around 50 open to the public) are free to visit for the whole month. Prizes for the prettiest spaces are awarded at the end of May.
The warm spring temperatures in Córdoba are perfect for visiting the ruins of its Roman Temple. It was discovered when the town hall was being upgraded in the 1950s, and the quality of materials used in its construction have led archaeologists to believe that this was one of the Roman Empire’s most magnificent temples.
Spring is the perfect season in which to visit Córdoba’s lovely Botanical Gardens. Occupying 300,00 square metres along the northern banks of the Guadalquivir river, they consist of a hothouse, an arboretum and two museums, one of which takes a fascinating look at our use of plants throughout the ages.
At the heart of old Córdoba is the barrio Santa Marina, also known as the bullfighting neighbourhood. Take advantage of spring – before it gets too hot to walk about much – to explore this typically Andalusian area and its main sights, which include the Santa Marina church and a statue of the famous Cordobese torero, Manolete (1917-47).
Also referred to as Alcazar Viejo, San Basilio is the most well-known part of Córdoba’s old town and home to many of the houses that participate in May’s Feria de los Patios. It is ridiculously beautiful in spring, when the flowers that adorn the facades of its old houses show their full colours. This is also where you’ll find the magnificent Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos.
If you’re planning a trip to Córdoba in spring, you have the option of coinciding your visit with its annual feria, which is usually held late May/early June. A week-long party held on a fairground on the city’s outskirts, it’s one of the biggest ferias in Andalusia. The drinking and dancing takes place in individual marquees (casetas), most of which are open to everyone.
CALLEJA DE LAS FLORES
There’s no shortage of pretty streets in the oldest parts of Córdoba, but Calleja de las Flores (The Alley of the Flowers) takes some beating. This charming, flower-filled alleyway is especially attractive in spring, when the geraniums hanging on the houses’ whitewashed walls are at their best.