TABERNA LAS BEATILLAS

Plaza de las Beatillas 1

The Taberna de Las Beatillas is one of the oldest in Cordoba. It is situated in the neighbourhood of San Agustin, which borders that of Santa Marina where some of Cordoba’s greatest bullfighters were born and bred. At the beginning of the 20th century the tavern was a piconería, selling charcoal for heating. Later it was used as a warehouse, before becoming a tavern in the 1940’s, which it remains to this day. The name, Las Beatillas, comes from the square in which it is found. An old convent, home to a community of nuns, was formerly situated here. According to legend, one of the nuns in charge of running errands was of a diminutive stature and known as the Beatilla. A host of names have passed through the doors of the tavern; poets such as Garcia Lorca, guitarists such as Vicente Amigo and bullfighters such as Jose Tomas. The tavern has many rooms dedicated to the world of bullfighting. In fact the Federación Provincial de Peñas Taurinas, (Provincial Federation of Bullfighting Clubs) meets here to organize events and activities undertaken by the more than 20 clubs which constitute its membership. The members of the peña Flamenca Fosforito, (a group dedicated to the art of flamenco) also meet here and organize flamenco shows between the months of September and May. It is a place of special charm and one which, of course, we cannot leave without witnessing some Cordoban flamenco dancing, one of the city’s great attractions.