Where can you find the Courtyards/Patios of Cordoba?
The most characteristic district is the Alcázar Viejo district, between the Alcázar and the parish of San Basilio. although there are also many courtyards in the districts of Santa Marina, around the church of San Lorenzo and near la Magdalena. Just around the Mosque-Cathedral, there are also very beautiful old examples of courtyards in the old Jewish quarter. The most beautiful courtyards of all are to be found in the Palacio de Viana (Viana Palace), with twelve different courtyards.
|Patio Palacio de Viana|
Since 1918, the Town Hall has organised a competition of Courtyards and Crosses in the first week of May. During this period owners decorate their houses with great care to try and win the prestigious award offered by the authorities.
A music festival runs in parallel with a number of performances by the best singers and dancers on the scene. Also the local fino wine from Montilla-Moriles flows freely and delicious tapas are served.
It is thanks to these events that the Cordoban courtyard is becoming more and more important in popular festivities, and helps the general public to celebrate and welcome these festivals with enthusiasm and hospitality.