Cordoba City - Festivals

Most beautifully decorated patio contest. © Michelle Chaplow.
Most beautifully decorated patio contest.
Cordoba May Festival Dates

Cordoba - May festivities

May is a month of endless festivities in Cordoba, with a feast for the senses on offer, as flowers fill patios and balconies, and adorn crosses throughout the city, music is played, food and drink is served, and springtime exerts its intoxicating influence on allcomers. A stroll through night-time Cordoba in May, with its balmy temperatures, beautifully lit courtyards, secret corners, floating guitar songs and infectious atmosphere, is an experience every visitor to Andalucia should enjoy.

Here is a list of flower and spring-themed festivals in Cordoba which you can experience every year during the month of May.

BATTLE OF THE FLOWERS (BATALLA DE LAS FLORES)

This one isn't in May, but in Andalucia such details are irrelevant - it's the opening event of the May festivities. The first of the big four, it takes place on the last Sunday of April. The ´´battle'' consists of a procession of floats making its way along the city`s Avenida de la Victoria, with local women dressed in gypsy outfits, singing 'Soy Cordobes' by the Argentine singer Rodrigo ``El Potro''. The floats are decorated with paper flowers, the typical horseshoe-shaped arches as seen in the city's Mezquita, and images of the city's patron saint, San Raphael. Some floats come from the Linares and Santo Domingo pilgrimages

Thousands of carnations are thrown, during the battle of the flowers. © Michelle Chaplow
Thousands of carnations are thrown, during the battle of the flowers..

At 12 midday the floats' passengers throw flowers (140,000 carnations, to be precise) into the crowds, accompanied by a band. The parade, which last two hours, first took place in the 1940s, followed by a long hiatus until the mid-1980s, when Spain had come to life again after the dictatorship.

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CROSSES OF MAY (CRUCES DE MAYO)

The second of the big May celebrations in Cordoba, this festival takes place at the beginning of May (3 May is Dia de Santa Cruz, St Cross Day), and lasts four days. Crosses are decorated with flowers by hermandades (Catholic brotherhoods) and neighbourhood groups, competing for prizes. The local tourist office will give you a special market map to help you find the crosses. More >

PATIO CONTEST (CONCURSO POPULAR DE PATIOS)

The third, and most famous, of the four annual spring-time events, the Festival of the Patios is in early to mid-May, and lasts for 10 days. Home-owners compete for a prize for the most beautifully decorated patio. It's a rare chance to see inside these 40 or so traditional courtyards, some of which are always viewable through cancelas (iron gates), are as most of them are only actually open to the public during this festival. More >

SPRING FAIR (FERIA)

Similar to the Seville Feria de Abril (April Fair, or Spring Fair), this fourth May festival takes place during the last week of May, at the municipal fair ground, El Arenal, by the river. The main difference at Cordoba's Feria is that the casetas (tents), run by families and associations, are open to all. More >

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Cordoba May Crosses Cordoba Spring Feria
The May Crosses Festival (Cruces de Mayo) is celebrated in many parts of the world, especially in Latin America and Spain. And in Spain, the festival holds special importance in many parts of Andalucia, but especially Córdoba, which has the most famous celebration.
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The Cordoba Spring Fair, or Feria de Nuestra Señora de la Salud (Our Lady of the Health), takes place during the last week of May. This Feria dates from 1284, as a livestock market on Pentecost Sunday.
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Cordoba Patio Contest  
The most third, and most famous, of the four annual spring-time events, the Festival of the Patios is in early to mid-May, and lasts for 10 days. Home-owners compete for a prize for the most beautifully decorated patio.
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