Visiting Cordoba patios continues to be free

OWNERS of patios in Cordoba have given in to the city hall’s decision to provide only €2,000 to help towards their upkeep.

This year’s patio festival is the first since it was recognised by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage and thousands of people are expected to visit the city.

However, before this agreement was reached, they may have arrived to find there was nothing to see, as the associations which maintain the patios, were not willing to accept the amount which they consider too low.

The city hall proposed charging for entrance, but the owners refused, despite the fact that they estimate it costs them €7,500 per year to keep them at their best.

The mayor, Jose Angel Nieto, says that ways to collaborate with hotels and restaurants will be studied for next year, because as they benefit the most from the influx of tourists, they could help with the upkeep of the patios. There are also plans to ask for assistance from the Junta de Andalucia.

As more people than ever are expected this year, the city hall is organising a site where people can reserve a date and time for their visit. It will also offer products which allow visitors to learn more about the festival, the proceeds of which will be given to the patio owners. 

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