The snail season in Córdoba and the snail makers are preparing to raise the blinds and delight Cordobans and visitors with the most varied recipes of this typical dish of Cordoba gastronomy.

So you don’t miss anything, here’s a basic guide with all the essential data so that you do not lose any detail and can enjoy one of the most popular Cordoba traditions. From the opening calendar to the hours, without forgetting the stalls distributed throughout the capital, the most curious recipes and a bit of history. Here you have the keys to the Córdoba 2024 snail season.

Snail dates

The assembly of the snail stalls began last Monday, February 19, although the people of Cordoba can start ordering “one of the boys” from the Friday the 23rd. The last day of the season will be Wednesday 19th of June.

Opening hours

The usual opening hours set are 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m..

Classic and innovative recipes

For years, snail stalls have joined in with gastronomic innovation and their offer includes recipes for all tastes. There is no shortage of small or fat classics in sauce or with brothto which are added more international flavors and even fusion proposals.

Kebab snails.

Those who like an oriental touch will enjoy the snails with tikka masala, which capture the essence of the Indian dish. We change continents to be able to enjoy some tex-mex snails in which there is no shortage of nachos as an accompaniment. There is also no shortage of snails kebab style fused with kebab meat and its recognizable sauce.

But if more traditional flavors are your thing, you can try the snails in beer either cheek snails, with an unmistakable homemade touch. Take advantage!

35 snail stalls

The Córdoba City Council authorizes the installation of up to 43 positions in the capital, although they have been 35 caracoleros authorized to open this season, the same as last year. These are the locations:

  • Journalist Eduardo Baro (corner with Journalist Ricardo Rodríguez)

  • Roundabout of the Cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

  • Plaza de la Oca (corner of San Francisco de Sales and Tras la Puerta)

  • Elena Moyano Park (land area of ​​the gardens)

  • Juan Bernier Poet Square

  • C/ Escritor Conde de Zamora (next to supermarket)

  • Libia Avenue (corner of Paco León Street)

  • Matías Prats Square (corner of Manuel Fuentes Bocanegra Street)

  • c/ Pintor Espinosa (corner c/ Padre Morales)

  • Rafael Villar Square (El Higuerón)

  • Mª Teresa León Writer Square (corner of Concha Espina Writer Street)

  • c/ Camino Viejo de Almodóvar (corner c/ Manuel Fuentes Bocanegra)

  • Hernán Ruiz Boulevard (near area Avda. de América)

  • Vistalegre Plaza (central roundabout)

  • C/ Arquitecto Antonio García y Bellido (next to the bus station)

  • C/ Arcos de la Frontera (corner of Avda. Carlos III)

  • Avda. de Granada (next to Plaza de Andalucía)

  • Roundabout Cruz de Juárez

  • Plaza Cristo de Gracia

  • C/ Composer Rafael Castro (corner Ronda de los Mártires)

  • Paseo de la Merced (in front of the gas station)

  • Boulevard between c/ Local Police Marisol Muñoz and c/ Local Police Mª Ángeles García

  • Spanish Navy Square

  • Sierras de Cardeña and Montoro (Gardens of Memory)

  • Ronda del Marrubial (corner c/ Agrupación Córdoba)

  • C/ Paseo de la Soleá

  • Magdalena Square

  • Amadora Glorieta (confluence with Avda. Cañito Bazán)

  • C/ Isla Fuerteventura (corner c/ Isla Formentera)

  • C/ Victoria Kent (corner c/ María La Judía)

  • Plaza de los Ríos (Villarrubia)

  • Avda. Ministry of Housing (La Palmera plot)

  • Pantoja Passage (next to San Rafael Cemetery)

  • c/ Composer Rafael Castro (after Enrique Puga stadium)

  • Avda. de Cádiz (at number 69-71)

Snail stalls in Córdoba for the 2024 season

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The history of snails in Córdoba

Exalted as Cordoba traditionperhaps many do not know where the habit of eating snails in Córdoba, because although this product is also present this season in the restaurants of other provinces, such as Jaén or Seville, there is a characteristic and Cordoba way of eating snails.

To locate the origin of the taste for this raw material, you don’t have to go far and it is in the orchards that surrounded the capital decades ago (and that can still be found in some areas) and in which the presence of this mollusk was abundant. Hence, it was a commonly consumed food in Cordoban homes and street vendors traded in snails.

Cordobans at the Cruz de Juárez snail stand.

To find the first snail shops and sales stalls like those that are distributed throughout the capital today, we had to wait until the middle of the last 20th century, specifically in the 60swhen they were installed the first positions in the peripheral areas. In the middle of that decade, in 1965, it is installed in the Plaza de la Magdalena the oldest snail stand in the capital.