The Fiesta of the Patios: A Heritage Tourism Resource in the City of Cordoba, Spain

Mª Genoveva Millán Vázquez de la Torre, Leonor Mª Pérez Naranjo, Ricardo David Hernandez Rojas


The patio houses of Cordoba, Spain, are the expression of a traditional form of life and conviviality. Since the designation of the Fiesta of the Patios as Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2012 by the UNESCO, the patios have become an important tourism resource with a significant economic impact on the city. This article analyzes the Fiesta of the Patios from the viewpoint of the people that reside in the patio houses. A survey was carried out among the patio owners and managers to determine their opinion on various aspects related to the festival. The results show that despite the wealth generated in the city by the Fiesta of the Patios, the event has a scarce economic impact on the owners and managers of the patios. Moreover, important issues must be addressed such as the lack of coordination between the stakeholders involved in the management and organization of the festival. Without a doubt, it is necessary to better rationalize resources in benefit of the patio residents, since the festival would not be possible without them.

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Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences ISSN 2039-9340(Print) ISSN 2039-2117(Online)

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