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Three reasons to visit Andalusia in May


May arrives in Andalucía like a celebration of life and joy, filling our calendars with festivities that highlight the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the towns and cities across the region, inviting travelers from far and wide to experience the magic.

From bustling fairs to revered religious celebrations that have gained international renown over the years, Andalucía offers an array of unforgettable experiences during this enchanting time of year.

Here are three must-see festivals in the lead-up to summer:

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CÓRDOBA The Festival of the Patios (May 2 – 12)

Córdoba transforms into a floral paradise during the Festival of the Patios. Declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, this event opens the doors to Cordovan patios, which become oases of beauty in the heart of the city. Strolling through the narrow streets of the old town, adorned with pots, fountains, and traditional objects, is a feast for the senses. The Festival of the Patios offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Cordovan architecture and tradition, making it one of the most popular events of the Andalusian spring.


JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA La feria del Caballo “Horse Fair” (May 4 – 11)

Jerez de la Frontera hosts one of Andalusia’s oldest and most emblematic festivals; the Feria del Caballo. Every year, for a week, the city is filled with the elegance of flamenco dresses, Andalusian horses, sherry wine, and flamenco music – all integral parts of this internationally acclaimed event.

Its origins stem from a cattle market and have evolved into a celebration where the Spanish PRE horse and Cartujana breed are the main features.

The Feria del Caballo boasts an outstanding horse parade and holds competitions in horse-drawn carriages, classical dressage, cowboy dressage, and exhibitions of select livestock.

EL ROCÍO The Pilgrimage of El Rocío (May 17 – 20)

The Pilgrimage of El Rocío is one of Spain’s most important religious gatherings, taking place in the province of Huelva. Thousands of people from across the country come together to pay homage to the Virgin of El Rocío, embarking on a journey filled with faith, music, and tradition. Adorned carriages, flamenco dresses, and traditional songs create a unique atmosphere of devotion along the way.


As the sun shines bright and the spirit of Andalucía comes alive, these festivals offer a glimpse into the heart and soul of this captivating region. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor, these events promise to leave an indelible mark on your soul. Join us as we celebrate the beauty and magic of Andalucía in May!