Holy Week in Córdoba is silent and serious, different to other cities. The most representative procession is of Christ of Remedio de Ánimas on Holy Monday leaving from the church of San Lorenzo.
The battle of Flowers is just before the May Crosses, one of the most traditional festivals in Córdoba. In May the city of Córdoba shines more than at any other time of the year. The Crosses are made of brightly coloured flowers in the most picturesque plazas, streets and avenues of city.
The first Sunday of May the local people celebrate the romería type pilgrimage in honour of the Virgen de Linares. However it is in the middle of May when the main celebration of the city takes place.
The Córdoba Festival of Patios, Windows and Balconies makes the city a showcase of colour, atmosphere and lovely aromas. The Córdoba fair is held in honour of Our Lady of Health Nuestra Señora de la Salud. It takes place the last week of May on the fairground in el Arenal. During the fair top matadors head the programme of bullfights in los Califas bullring which used to be the ancient plaza de los Tejares.
The month of July comes round bringing with it many cultural activities. The International Festival of Sephardic Music is held in the middle of the month just before the Guitar Festival, one of the most impor tant flamenco events of the year in Andalucía.
This competition attracts new flamenco guitarists and is the star ting pistol for the cycle of Flamenco Nights in the Old Part of the City, a series of night concerts that carry on until the end of November, bringing together promising young flamenco ar tists and established ar tists in the Caballerizas Reales, at the Casa de las Campanas and in the Plaza del Potro. The festival of San Rafael is on the 24th October, custodian of the city of Córdoba.
According to tradition you visit the church of San Rafael, close to the church of San Lorenzo, for the religious services. At midday thousands of cordobeses head for nature areas in the mountains, especially the forest park of Los Villares, to eat their “perol” which is a kind of paella, washed down with wine from Montilla-Moriles. (photo:Hameryko,Nicolas Marchildon)