Cordoba in Andalucia, Southern Spain is probably one of those places you have never considered visiting. Even if you have heard of it, the chances are you won’t know anything about it. If you are looking for a great place for a weekend city break, look no further, or if you want a relaxing family holiday in the countryside Cordoba can also do that! Below is a calendar of the 2014 festivals and ‘must see’ events in the city, so you can plan your break around these.
22nd February – 2nd March 2014 – Street Carnival 2nd March 2014 – Carnival Procession
This year the Carnival in Cordoba is being held from the 22nd February until the 2nd March. I have quoted a website below with regard the origins of the carnival. On the 2nd March there will be a big procession through the streets of Cordoba, with floats and fancy dress.
“Carnival celebrations, held just before Lent, have religious origins and feature traditions drawn from the pre-Christian festivals Bacanales and Saturnales of ancient Rome. Today however, the Carnival festival has become a pagan celebration which often offers participants the chance to briefly escape their everyday problems and add a touch of optimism to their lives.”
13th – 20th April 2014 – Semana Santa
Semana Santa (Easter) is probably the biggest week of the year for the Catholic Spain. Everything in our town of Montoro stops for Semana Santa, and there are processions daily, and throughout the night.
30th April – 4th May 2014 – May Crosses
At the start of May every year there is a festival called Cruces de Mayo. Dotted all around the city are crosses made from flowers. This festival comes immediately before the patios.
1st May – Battles of the Flowers
The Battle of the Flowers is a procession made up of floats decorated with all kinds of spring flowers, This year, it takes place on the 1st May.
5th – 18th May 2014 – Festival of Patios and Balconies
May’s celebrations continue with the patios and balconies festival and competition. The locals open up their patios for the public to come and look around and appreciate all their green fingered work.
24th – 31st May 2014 – Cordoba Feria
At the end of May it is party time in Cordoba. Rides, horses and beautiful girls in traditional gypsy dresses make this week long fair unmissable.
21st June 2014 – Noche Blanca del Flamenco
Under the night sky during the week of midsummer, Cordoba celebrates the Andalucian tradition of Flamenco. Stages are set up all around the city, and dancers, singers and musicians take to the stage for free performances that go on all night.
1st two weeks in July – Guitar Festival
Spain’s biggest guitar festival takes place in Cordoba every July. There are performances of flamenco, pop and rock. Concerts take place all over the city.
7th – 12th October – Montoro Feria
Finally, our local town, Montoro has it’s annual fair in October. October is a beautiful month to visit Andalucia, when the days have cooled slightly, and the night time is comfortable.
If you would like to experience Andalucia, and in particular Cordoba and Montoro, why not consider coming to stay at The Olive Mill and meet the alpacas. If you already live in Spain, we also offer one or two night stays with BBQ and breakfast for a set price. Our self catering apartment can sleep up to 6 people. We are off grid, so it is a little rustic, but it is a perfect place to get away from it all and relax. Have a look at our link on Holiday Lettings to find out a bit more. http://www.holidaylettings.co.uk/rentals/montoro/1288373
Also, if you own a paperback copy of any one of my books, you will receive a 10% discount on the advertised prices. (I will need photographic evidence.)