How to enjoy the blooming gorgeousness of Cordoba’s Patio Festival without leaving home

How to enjoy the blooming gorgeousness of Cordoba’s Patio Festival without leaving home
Photo: Laura Tomàs Avellana/ Flickr
Each May, visitors flock to the Andalusian city of Cordoba to enjoy the annual celebration that sees Cordoba residents open up their private gardens filled with dizzying displays of colours.

In a typical year, the residents of Cordoba compete for the prize of who has the most lush courtyard, decorating their patios with bright flowers, leafy green plants, fountains and more.

Dozens of usually private patios are thrown open to the public in a riot of gorgeous colour and celebration of spring.

The tradition dates back to 1921 with the town hall organizing a competition, along with music, dancing and wine.

This year however, with the whole of Spain on lockdown and all travel grounded, it may be impossible to physically visit Cordoba itself but that doesn’t mean you can’t admire the work of the green-fingered gardeners.

Cordoba has come up with a way to showcase the colourful displays as if you were actually there, with a virtual 360º tour following four distinct routes around the city that allows you to explore the beauty of the private patios without leaving your armchair.

Walking routes through different parts of the city visiting patios along the way have been filmed and published in short clips by Cordoba's City Hall on YouTube HERE.  There are 27 different routes to choose from. 

 You can also explore the routes using 360º images through the council's Facebook page. 

The popular podcast When in Spain has just released its latest podcast with an audio tour of Cordoba's Fiesta de los Patios with expert guide Karen Rosenblum joining regular host Paul Burge.

Check it out HERE.  

For those previous visitors to Cordoba, or who have their own Andaluce inspired gardens at home, there's a way to get involved too with Rosenblum's online travel community, Travel Spain.

All week there will be Cordoba inspired content, a chance to share photos to compete in a patio contest and even a Cordoba themed pub quiz.  For more information join the Facebook group HERE



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