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One of the main elements characterising traditional Spanish property in Andalusia is the central patio. You’ll find patios in most large houses and mansions in Andalusian towns and cities, and they are often architectural gems as well as part of the region’s Moorish heritage.
Traditionally, a patio serves as a decorative element and an oasis of calm as you move from one part of the house to another. In the hot Andalusian summer, the patio also cools the house down as it allows air to circulate and keeps the ground floor shady.
Patios range from simple courtyards, with nothing more than a plain tiled floor and stone columns to sumptuous centre pieces in marble and traditional Andalusian tiles. These are often richly coloured, particularly in palaces in Seville and Jerez.
Water elements: Most patios contain some sort of fountain, perhaps an elaborate pond or just a discreet display, and the sound of running water provides a peaceful background.
Flowers and plants: In the sunniest patios, geraniums, gardenias and impatients colour the walls. In shady patios, you’ll find hostas and ferns in terracotta pots. Jasmine scents patios on summer nights and in the bigger patios, there may be orange trees whose fragrance is at its height in spring.
Andalusia has many prize patios, but here is a pick of the best:
Cordoba: The city celebrates its annual Patio Festival in May (5-18 May this year) when you can visit dozens of beautifully decorated patios in houses around the old quarter – Calleja de las Flores has some of the prettiest. Patio owners compete for the prestigious Best Patio Award given to the best-kept and brightest patio.
Granada: The Alhambra Palace is home to perhaps the finest patios in Andalusia and here you’ll also see Moorish patio architecture at its best. Highlights are the Patio of the Lions, recently restored to its former glory and the fountain-lined patios in the Generalife gardens.
Jerez: A walk around the old quarter and in the streets around the Plaza del Arenal will give you glimpses of many fine patios. Most are closed to visitors, although you can appreciate the patios’ beauty from the street entrance.
Seville: In Andalusia’s capital you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful patios. Start with those in Los Reales Alcázares (the Patio of the Damsels is lovely) and then continue to feast your eyes on elaborate patios in the Casa de Pilatos and the Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija, which includes Roman mosaics.
Your Own Patio?
Maybe you’d like a piece of Andalusian architecture in your Spanish property ? Maybe you picture yourself sitting under the orange tree next to the fountain as you sip a glass of best Spanish wine in your very own patio? Contact us to find out which of our properties in Marbella meet your requirements.