When to visit Cordoba

when to visit cordoba

When to visit Cordoba? Are you ready to choose the dates of your trip to Cordoba? Let us guide you with some helpful advice on the weather and when to visit the city.

When to visit Cordoba: weather

Cordoba has a continental climate, dry and with great variations between the seasons, quite cold in the winter and extremely hot in the summer.

If you are visiting Cordoba during spring and fall, you will enjoy mild temperatures. During July and August extreme temperatures prevail, with almost no rain. The rainy months in Cordoba are in the fall and winter.

When to visit Cordoba: holidays and festivals

In Spain national holidays are the same all over the country. However each region (comunidad autónoma) enjoys 10 days a year to celebrate its own festivals. On top of that, each city or town enjoys 2 days for local holidays.

Usually, on these days almost everything closes (banks, shops, official institutions).

Sometimes, some of the holidays turn into puentes (extended weekends). During puentes it will be more difficult to find accommodation, the city will be packed with national tourists and prices might rise (especially for lodging and eating).

It is very common in Andalusia, the region where Cordoba is, to have a holiday on Monday if the real holiday was the Sunday before.

Below is a list of national, regional and local holidays:

  • 1st of January – New Year’s Day
  • 6th of January – Reyes Magos
  • 28th of February – Andalusia Day
  • 1st of May – Labor Day
  • 15th of August – Assumption Day
  • 12th of October – Spain National Day
  • 24th of October – Saint Raphael’s Day
  • 1st of November – All Saints’ Day
  • 6th of December – Constitution Day
  • 8th of December – Immaculate Conception
  • 25th of December – Christmas Day

On top of those bank holidays you should always bear in mind the dates of the tourist high season in Cordoba: Semana Santa (Easter) and the month of May (the most important local festival). Make sure you find out the exact Semana Santa dates (they change from one year to another) as they are the busiest periods of the year in Cordoba.

When to visit Cordoba: the best period of the year

Our favorite periods of the year to visit Cordoba are spring (May and June) and fall (October to December). The days are long, the temperatures are pleasant enough and you will enjoy Cordoba at its best. Being able to choose, May would be the most special month to visit Cordoba.

While theoretically you could visit Cordoba all year round, there are three key periods of the year when Cordoba is problematic:

  • Semana Santa (Easter). The Easter celebration in Cordoba is not as famous as the one in neighboring Seville, but even so hotel prices can get extremely expensive during the period.
  • May. May is a very special period in Cordoba, concentrating a large number of festivities. The most famous is the Fiesta de los Patios Cordobeses, declared a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. During the second and third week of the month, when the event takes place, the courtyards of the city are decorated with numerous flowers and open to visitation. The accommodation prices increase but, if you have the chance to visit the city during the period, you will have the privilege of contemplating one of the most beautiful images of Cordoba.
  • Above all, we encourage you to avoid July and August, when the temperatures are insanely high and have a devastating impact on the life of the tourist. Cordoba records the highest temperatures in Spain. Even the locals escape from Cordoba during the period! Don’t be tempted by low prices in August, there is a reason for it.

Do you need more information on Cordoba?

This article is part of a complete guide about Cordoba where you can read all the information you need to plan your trip to this amazing destination in Spain.

Here is a complete summary of all the guide:

1. When to visit Cordoba
2. How many days to spend in Cordoba
3. How to get to Cordoba
4. How to move around Cordoba
5. Cordoba hotels: where to stay in Cordoba
6. What to eat in Cordoba
7. What to do in Cordoba
8. Tips to visit the Mezquita in Cordoba
9. How to buy tickets to the Mezquita in Cordoba
10. Mezquita tickets sold out. What can you do?
11. Is the Mezquita night visit worth it?

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