Have the unforgettable, first-hand experience of enjoying an authentic coutyard house, dating from 1918, located in Córdoba’s central old town. The courtyards have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO!
The Festival of Los Patios (La fiesta de los Patios de Córdoba) was declared to be Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2012. It was stated in the declaration itself that:
“A the beginning of May, and over the course of twelve days, The Festival of Los Patios takes place in Córdoba. Houses with courtyards are collective homes inhabited by several families or groups of individual homes which share a common courtyard and are located in the city’s old town. The courtyards are adorned with a myriad of different types of plants, which have been carefully and atractively arranged. […] The neighours, together with their families and friends, get together to decorate the courtyards which are turned into communal areas where everyone eats and drinks together. The Festival of Los Patios promotes the the courtyard as an intercultural meeting point and contributes to a way of sustainable collective living, which is based on establishing firm social connections and networks of solidarity and exchanges betweeen neighbours. This serves to stimulate both new knowledge and respect for nature.”
This is the spirit that inspires the project: restoring one of the Córdoba’s courtyard houses and turning it into an area for intercultural exchanges in the surroundings of a large amount of architectural and natural wealth by adding the option of being able to experience first hand the enjoyment of a 1918 Cordoban courtyard, well, it’s not an easy task ;) With your stay, you’ll help to contribute to this wonderful space’s conservation.
Even though the house is from 1916, the first restoration works which were carried out by my father in 1969 turned up some remains which hint at the house being built on top of an older structure. Its location in Leiva Aguilar, the street in the old town which is mentioned in Paseos por Córdoba, a reference book written by Teodomiro Ramírez de Arellano in 1873 which summarises the history of the city and its streets, but also makes us realise that it forms part of the oldest urban fabric which is conserved to this day. It likely that the house was built according to a pre-existing structural plan.
In the pre-prepared google map you can see some shops where you can buy food as well as the carparks.
Córdoba is an extremely beautiful city and full of places to see, to walk along, excellent restaurants a many, many bars and pubs. I’ve also marked my favourite places, just in case you find it useful. Nevertheless, don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need any advice!
The old town or the Judería (old Jewish district) is a labrinthe of different streets which is very easy to get lost in! A useful piece of advice for the Judería is that the downward sloping streets lead to the river and the Mezquita whereas as upward sloping streets lead to the centre. In our street it’s the same, if you go downhill, you’ll go towards the Mezquita and if you go uphill, you’ll go towards the centre.