San Basilio is a peaceful and pretty neighborhood near the gardens of the Alcazar.  It’s known for its beautiful patios, and the streets aren’t bad either.  It looks a lot like one of the white villages transported into Cordoba.

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The best time to see the patios is May, when there’s a city-wide contest to choose the most beautiful, but even in this off-season the patios are impressive.

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All the patios are unique.  This one featured Roman artifacts that were discovered on-site, including this mosaic.

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This one frames St. Rafael with flowers.

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One constant theme of all the patios is water, in the form of wells and fountains.

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Many also include restored kitchens, like this one featuring a three burner stove…

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…and this laundry room with vintage washing machines.

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I’m sure I’ve never seen a laundry room this pretty, though the machines could use updating.

Even in this season, some flowers were in full bloom.

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We were lucky to visit the patios when there weren’t too many other people around.  We didn’t quite have them to ourselves, though.

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It was a near perfect day for our San Basilio visit.  I hope we have a few more soon.

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I’m not sure where to next, but we’re running out of time.  Only a couple more weeks and we have to endure the plane ride home.

We still have Madrid and the Prado to look forward to.