Córdoba is quiet and withdrawn during the winter months, but bursts into life from mid-April to mid-June, when the city stages most of its major fiestas. At this time of year the skies are blue, the heat is tolerable and the city's many trees and courtyards drip with foliage and blooms.

The best times to visit Córdoba are during the spring and autumn months: winter is very mild, but the summer is intensely hot. At this distance from the sea, there is nothing to stop temperatures soaring into the 100's F, making this one of the hottest places in Europe.