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Córdoba in May: The Most Beautiful Place on Earth

Córdoba in May: The Most Beautiful Place on Earth

It has been a while, friends. I pretty much took the entire month of May off for personal reasons (and May was, appropriately, #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth) but I'm stoked beyond measure to be writing again. Did ya miss me?

Locals weren't exaggerating when they told me that May in Córdoba is one big party. The weather is beautiful (it's warm out but not as scorching hot as the summer months); the flowers are in bloom; and everyone is ready to socialize over a glass of wine or beer. There really is nothing more beautiful than this city at this time of year, so I tried to capture as many photos as possible for you to enjoy along with me.

It started with Las Cruces de Mayo at the very beginning of the month, in which various religious orders (called Hermandades) create beautiful floral crosses throughout the city and set up food and drink stands next to them. Cordobeses eat tapas, drink rebujitos (white fino wine mixed with Seven-Up), and dance the sevillana, which I tried and failed to imitate on several fino-fueled occasions. 

 A small but elaborate  cruz de Mayo .

A small but elaborate cruz de Mayo.

 My favorite combination of colors here is blue and stark-white.

My favorite combination of colors here is blue and stark-white.

 A particularly gorgeous  cruz  in the outdoor cinema  Cine Olimpia.

A particularly gorgeous cruz in the outdoor cinema Cine Olimpia.

 The  cruces  were open every day for drinking, eating, and dancing from noon til 2am.

The cruces were open every day for drinking, eating, and dancing from noon til 2am.

 A  cruz  paired with a classic view of the Guadalquivir river,  Torre de la Calahorra , and Mezquita-Catedral.

A cruz paired with a classic view of the Guadalquivir river, Torre de la Calahorra, and Mezquita-Catedral.

Next came the famous Fiesta de los Patios Cordobeses, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site/Event. Basically, private homes with stunning interior patios open their homes to the world for free so that we all can gape at their incredible floral art and architecture. I had been looking forward to this time of year ever since I moved to Córdoba, since one of the things I loved most about the city when I first visited in January was the patios I glimpsed walking around town. (Also, on my last night in Córdoba in January, a gardener/author gave me a children's book he wrote about the patios that made me want to live here, but that's a story for another day.)

The festival took place May 1-13 and did not disappoint. Take a look yourself.

 The traditional water pitcher available for visitors in every patio, called a "botija."

The traditional water pitcher available for visitors in every patio, called a "botija."

 A feline resident of Patio Vesubio in the San Lorenzo neighborhood.

A feline resident of Patio Vesubio in the San Lorenzo neighborhood.

 Skyward views of bougainvillea are everywhere. 

Skyward views of bougainvillea are everywhere. 

 I was clearly way to thrilled to finally see the world-famous patios in the San Basilio neighborhood.

I was clearly way to thrilled to finally see the world-famous patios in the San Basilio neighborhood.

 The Patios of Córdoba are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known in Spanish as "Patrimonio de la Humanidad."

The Patios of Córdoba are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known in Spanish as "Patrimonio de la Humanidad."

 Glamour shot of geraniums, which seem to be the official flower of Córdoba.

Glamour shot of geraniums, which seem to be the official flower of Córdoba.

 Tiles + flowers = the two ingredients for a classic patio.

Tiles + flowers = the two ingredients for a classic patio.

 Novio in a particularly beautiful patio.

Novio in a particularly beautiful patio.

 More geraniums: I. Can't. Stop.

More geraniums: I. Can't. Stop.

 The most famous feature of Cordobés patios are the flower-covered walls (don't ask me how they water the plants).

The most famous feature of Cordobés patios are the flower-covered walls (don't ask me how they water the plants).

 Easily my favorite patio, located in the San Basilio neighborhood and filled to the brim with blooms.

Easily my favorite patio, located in the San Basilio neighborhood and filled to the brim with blooms.

 This is pretty much how I looked in every patio: awestruck, delighted, always looking up.

This is pretty much how I looked in every patio: awestruck, delighted, always looking up.

Finally came the feria, a weeklong party with ostensibly religious origins that feels much more hedonistic than pious. Picture a county fair but with Spanish touches of wine, tapas, and traditional flamenco dresses and Cordobés hats. Casetas, or little houses, offer music, dancing and drinks. The feria in Sevilla is more famous, but from what I've heard the one in Córdoba is more fun, since the casetas here are open to the public; in Sevilla they're private and you have to know someone to get in, The hours? 2pm to 7am. Every. Day. Needless to say, I needed a few days to catch up on sleep after the bumper cars and all-night dancing I enjoyed at the feria. 

 The lit-up  portada,  or entrance to the  feria .

The lit-up portada, or entrance to the feria.

 With my Italian other half, Sara, on our way to the fairgrounds.

With my Italian other half, Sara, on our way to the fairgrounds.

 In my stolen  sombrero cordobés  next to La Puerta de Almodóvar.

In my stolen sombrero cordobés next to La Puerta de Almodóvar.

And that's it for now, folks! We'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming shortly.

Why I Moved to Córdoba

Why I Moved to Córdoba