The districts of El Perchel and La Trinidad open their patios to the public

The private patios will be open to the public for one week.
The private patios will be open to the public for one week. / TONY BRYANT
  • The festival will begin 31 May and run until 8 June

Two of Malaga's most iconic districts will participate in one of city's popular spring events this week, La Semana Popular de los Corralones. The festival, Malaga's version of the renowned Cordoba patio festival, will take place from 31 May (today) until 8 June.

Each year, residents of the El Perchel and La Trinidad districts throw open their plant-filled patios to the public for the Concurso de Patios 2019 competition.

Organised by Malaga city hall, this will be the fifteenth edition of the festival, which gives people the opportunity to experience the tranquillity of these delightful courtyards, surrounded by iconic balconied houses, which are emblematic of the postcard image of Andalucía.

The decoration of the patios is a source of pride and each one will offer a visual explosion of colourful plants and flowers, traditional ceramics, water features and religious images.

The shaded patios are an extension of the house and are used as a communal meeting place for neighbours during the hot summer months.

Most of these traditional corralones (the Spanish term for these types of dwellings), were built in the mid-19th century, but their design is based on classic Roman and Muslim architecture.

The festival also gives an insight into the popular traditions of Andalucía in the past, while highlighting the pride the residents have in their homes as well as the social and cultural promotion of two historic districts of Malaga.

This area is also famed for being the centre of Malaga's flamenco scene during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and free flamenco recitals and folklore shows will take place on the patio of El Corralón de Santa Sofía (C/ Montes de Oca, 6) throughout the week.