Enjoy a 2‐hour walking tour of the most beautiful crosses during this popular festival and contest that takes place each year in May. See all Cordoba's most breathtaking crosses and enjoy delicious tapas as you soak up the brilliance of this festival.
What to Expect
The May Crosses Festival celebrated in Cordoba is more than just a festival, it is also a contest, with 40 or more Catholic brotherhoods and neighborhood associations competing for prizes for the best-decorated cross from the Town Hall. The May Crosses Festival lasts 4 days, always at the end of April/beginning of May.
The competition began in 1953, but the tradition of decorating the crosses dates back to the 18th century. The preparations take place secretly in the preceding months, with all the women and children from each street or neighborhood joining in with the decorating of their cross.
The crosses are approximately 3-meters high, decorated with flowers, usually in red or white (occasionally green or yellow), and sometimes with more foliage emerging from the upper part of the cross. The effect is further enhanced by more flowers in pots carefully arranged in a pattern to complement the cross. These are usually hanging on the wall behind it, placed at its foot, or going up the steps on which it sits.
In spite of the religious origins of this festival, each Catholic brotherhood or neighborhood association sets up a bar next to its cross to serve drinks as Montilla-Moriles's fino and tapas (local specialty: Salmorejo, a delicious creamier version of the gazpacho) along with music. Many people drink, eat and dance to traditional Sevillana played during the day with many local women dancing in their gypsy dresses.
During this 2‐hour tour, you will walk in the most traditional quarters of Cordoba to see all the crosses and stop to drink, eat and even dance if you would like to.
- 3 drinks
- 5 tapas
Know Before You Go
• This tour is only available during the festival and contest that takes place each year in May
• The tour is available in Spanish, English and French