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Saturday, 8 May 2010


When the month of May comes, Córdoba, one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, fills with colour and spring because a very special contest takes place there. It is a courtyard embellishment contest and all the streets and squares in the centre of the city get very colourful and lively.

It is celebrated in the first fortnight of May, since 1964. The courtyards are usually shared with several neighbours and are located in the oldest districts in Cordoba.

This is a unique tradition in the world and unfortunately very difficult to preserve. It is based on the characteristics of the Cordoba lifestyle, in homes with landscaped patios and balconies, where the main decoration are the flowers.

Many private houses open their doors to visitors who, armed with a list provided on the tourist offices, hotels and courts themselves, find out which are open and the place where they are located. Then they will choose which courtyard is the most beautiful.

And in the late afternoon the smell of jasmine and orange blossoms of the orange, the flamenco music and conversation with friends will be a unique experience to live and remember.

I have just linked a spring-like YouTube video of cordobeses courtyards for the weekend, filled with colours and flowers, here you are and I hope you enjoy it!


  1. Oh Nieves, these are amazing! I wish I lived somewhere more south to enjoy blooming flowers most of the year... Maybe when I retire :)
    Have a great weekend!

  2. Amazing how many flower baskets there are. Your part of the world is very floral at this time. Love it.

  3. Ivanhoe, I am glad you liked and enjoyed the flowery post about Cordoba! And I wish you a nice and flowery week ahead!

  4. I am glad you liked Glennis! Is it not so floral there in New Zealand? I hope you enjoyed your Mother's Day and I wish you a nice and floral week ahead!

  5. Hola Nieves

    Gracias por su atención y afecto.
    Sus palabras elegantes sólo el crecimiento de mi trabajo.
    Comentarios son muy importantes para mejorar la
    como un buen ejemplo y hacer que su blog ... ¡Gracias!
    Besos amigo brasileño,

    André Tavares.

  6. Hola Andres, gracias a ti por visitar mi blog y dejar tu comentario. Besos para ti amigo de Brasil,


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