Cordoba: May Crosses 2-Hour Tapas Tour

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Cordoba: May Crosses 2-Hour Tapas Tour

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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.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, Portuguese
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Admire the most beautiful crosses of the popular May Crosses Festival in Cordoba
  • Taste delicious local drinks and tapas
  • Stroll through the most traditional quarters of Cordoba
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Guide
  • 5 drinks
  • 5 tapas
  • VAT
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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    Meeting point

    Tendillas Square (near the cross in the middle of the square).

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags

    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
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    4.5 / 5

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    Very unexpected.

    We were treated to a special visit as it was the May holiday. We visited several crosses and the guide explained the origin of these festivals. The tour was done in English because there was no French guide available. We were contacted by the representative to check if it was acceptable beforehand. Good visit.

    May 2, 2016

    May 2, 2018

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