FLORA, Cordoba International Flower Festival

FLORA, Cordoba International Flower Festival
It celebrates: From 16th October to 26th October
Place: Córdoba (Córdoba)
Category: Floral
Popularity: (***) 3/5
Ideal for children
Organize: Córdoba City Council
Attendance last year: 45.000
Known start date: Since 2017
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Cordoba is the protagonist of a unique event that brings together national and international artists who create spectacular floral installations in some of the city's most outstanding courtyards.

What does the festival consist of?

At the Cordoba Flower Festival, several internationally renowned floral artists have the opportunity to create a beautiful work in some of the courtyards located in representative buildings in Cordoba, which are on loan from Cordoba City Council.

This is the main activity, however, during the days of the event, all those present will be able to enjoy other cultural activities that complement this festival.

About the Flower Festival

These courtyards offer a pleasant tour and can be visited free of charge, and are the basis of a competition, in which the winners will receive a cash prize from FLORA.

The artists are in charge of reinterpreting each of the patios from different aspects, such as cultural factors and the context, which allows all visitors to see Cordoba's heritage in all its splendour, and which has managed to project this city around the world.

Origin of FLORA, the Cordoba Flower Festival

Photo courtesy of Festival Flora. Author: Laura Martínez
Photo courtesy of Festival Flora. Author: Laura Martínez

This beautiful festival was born just a few years ago, when Jiangping Fu, the president of the hotel chain Zizai Hotels and the City Council of Cordoba decided to organise a competition in which all the attendees could enjoy a delicate combination of culture and contemporary art of floral installations.

What motivated Fu to be part of FLORA was the stunning beauty of Cordoba's patios on a visit he made in 2015, and his goal is for Cordoba to be recognised both in Spain and in China.

What else to see in Cordoba?

Apart from visiting the gardens that make up this event, we invite you to consider these options in the beautiful city of Cordoba:

  • Mosque - Cathedral of Cordoba.
  • Mudejar House.
  • Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs.
  • Synagogue.
  • Bullfighting Museum.
  • Arab Baths.
  • Palace of the Muñices.
  • Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Hiking to the ascent of the Ermitas - Balcony of the world.

What to Eat in Córdoba

In Córdoba, you can enjoy a delicious variety of traditional dishes from Andalusian cuisine. Here are some of the dishes and specialties you shouldn't miss:

  • Salmorejo: A cold soup made from tomatoes, bread, olive oil, garlic, and salt. It's served with Iberian ham and chopped hard-boiled egg. It's a refreshing and delicious option.
  • Cordoban Flamenquin: A typical dish from the province of Cordoba, consisting of a pork roll filled with serrano ham and cheese, breaded and fried. Its taste is delightful, with a combination of savory and mild flavors thanks to the ham and melted cheese. The meat is tender and juicy due to the frying process. The basic ingredients are thin pork steaks, serrano ham, and cheese, which are rolled up and coated with breadcrumbs before being fried in hot oil. The Flamenquin is a traditional Andalusian dish, very popular in Cordoba, and is usually served with french fries or salad.
  • Rabo de Toro (Bull's Tail): This bull's tail stew is a delight, cooked slowly with red wine and spices until the meat is tender and succulent.
  • Gazpacho: Similar to salmorejo, it's a cold soup made from tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, garlic, and olive oil. It's a refreshing option, especially in the warmer months.
  • Ajo Blanco (White Garlic): Another cold soup, but this one is made from almonds, garlic, bread, and olive oil. It's a milder option than gazpacho and has a very characteristic flavor.
  • Berza Cordobesa (Cordoban Cabbage Stew): It's a stew made from chickpeas, chorizo, blood sausage, bacon, and cabbage. It's a comforting and flavorful dish.
  • Salmorejo Cordobés: This Cordoban version of salmorejo is especially famous. It's served in a deep dish and can be enjoyed on its own or with accompaniments like hard-boiled egg and ham.
  • Mazamorra: A traditional dessert from Córdoba made from ground almonds, bread, garlic, olive oil, and vinegar. It's often served with grapes.
  • Pastel Cordobés (Cordoban Pastry): A delicious pastry filled with angel hair, almonds, and sweet potato, covered with powdered sugar.
  • Montilla-Moriles (Wine): This designation of origin produces unique fortified wines in the region. You can taste different types of wines in local wineries.

And don't forget to try the local tapas in the bars and restaurants of the city. Each place has its own specialty and will allow you to taste a variety of flavors.

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