In southern Spain in the Andalusia province is located one of the most picturesque cities in the region Cordoba. The city with amazing history and many historical monuments constantly attracts thousands of tourists from around the world.
However people, who travel to Cordoba, are not only lovers of antiques and history, the city has long been famous for its spectacular celebrations. There is held a lot of the usual festivities common to the whole Spain, but some holidays are celebrated only here. Among them is the patio festival (Festival de los Patios Cordobeses), which begins in Cordoba on May 5 and lasts for almost two weeks.
This holiday appeared as a result of the local climate and urban architecture. Due to the geographical location climate in Cordoba is very dry and hot, so even the Romans, who founded the city, brought here their architectural models including small courtyards (patios) with the obligatory fountain or small pool. The Arabs, who later captured Cordoba and ruled it for almost five hundred years, also followed similar design.
And in 1918 the city administration held the first contest of the most beautiful and unique inner courtyard. It should be noted that in addition to fountains patio were always decorated with flowers and ornamental bushes or trees. Since then this tradition has acquired new elements, and now Festival de los Patios Cordobeses is a bright cheerful holiday, when not only the courtyards, but the entire city is decorated with flowers, and on the streets you can find musicians and flamenco dancers. On these days the city also hosts a grand medieval fair, which is also quite popular among the tourists. However, the main purpose of the holiday is not forgotten. During the days of the Festival everyone can vote for one of the patios participating in the contest on the city website.