#ThursdayDoors ‘Patios’ Courtyards in Cordoba

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon and linking up on Norm’s blog here.


There’s a yearly Festivity in Cordoba, the town where I live, called the ‘Patios’ or Courtyard Festival. Families who live in traditional houses in the Old Town with central courtyards, open their homes so that tourists and visitors can look inside and enjoy their potted plants, flowers, wells, whitewashed walls and stone, cobbled, or ceramic floors. Here are a few I visited this week.

The front door is usually made of cast iron as you can see above.

Inside the iron gate is the entry and beyond the patio. Notice the columns on either side. I’m not an expert, so I can’t guarantee it, but many of the houses have ‘real’ Roman pillars, perhaps this is one of them…

Cordoba was first settled by the Romans, who named it Corduba, about a century BC. It is not surprising that these houses resemble Roman houses, Domus, which were built in this quarter, over 2,000 years ago. The style, with the central courtyard and rooms built around it has prevailed, along with the cobbled streets, mosaics and tiles.

Green is a popular colour for doors.

Most doors are made of wood and painted brown.

The plants and flowers in the patio are valued for their beauty and the shade they provide. It’s very hot in Cordoba!

Narrow double doors are popular.

This smaller patio door, probably leads to a cellar or store room.

Most houses have two floors. Would you like to walk upstairs to the top floor gallery and see some more doors?

There are many double glass doors.

If you’re wondering how the plants are watered, it’s with a small watering can on the end of a long pole as you can see here. Notice the cobbled floor in the patio. It’s hundreds pf years old!


This is a view of one of the streets in the Old town, where you can visit the patios I’ve shown you.

Here I am having fun visiting the Patios with my daughter.

I hope you enjoyed the doors of the patios in Cordoba!

More about the Patios, which are in the list of Unesco’s Intangible Heritage of Humanity sites,

I’m not really sure what that means, but they are a beautiful sight.




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17 thoughts on “#ThursdayDoors ‘Patios’ Courtyards in Cordoba

    1. Thank you, Norm. Yes, they are quiet, peaceful places. They’re private homes, so when the festival’s over the main doors are closed again until next year. Some bars, hotels and restaurants have lovely courtyards too, which can be visited all year round.

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  1. I just love the design of the hanging pots about the doorways! The colorful, and fragrant, welcome must be like heaven. Thanks for all of the beautiful pictures. So happy to see these today.

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    1. Thank you 🙂 Yes they’re lovely to visit. Often the families who live there sit in the shade in the patios to chat, or even sing and dance. It was abd still is a meeting place.

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  2. While I went through your beautiful post, I started also to wonder, how they would water all those flowers, so thank you for the explanation 🙂
    I love these patios and gardens with so many beautiful flowers. I just started to plant a lot in pots too here, my garden is one big patio, even if it is a chalet.

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  3. When we lived in Spain we heard about the Cordoba Patio Festival and the fabulous displays of Geraniums but we never got a chance to visit. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photographs with us.

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    1. Yes, it’s lovely to be able to peek into someone’s house! There are ‘real’ people living in these houses. They’re only open to visitors for 10 days in May, the rest of the year they’re closed.

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