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Cordoba

Cordoba

Continent:  South America  

Country: Argentina

Population: 1,309,536 (2008)                                                                                               

Dialing Code: +

Time zone: ART (UTC -3)

Language: Spanish

Cordoba is the capital of Cordoba province, Argentina. Situated at the northern tip of the triangle between Santiago, Chile, and Buenos Aires, the second most populous city in Argentina has lots to offer guests.

Named after Córdoba in Spain, it was one of the first Spanish colonial capitals in the region. It is known for its Spanish colonial architecture and home to the Manzana Jesuitica, a 17th century complex with active cloisters, churches and the original campus of the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, one of South America’s oldest universities.

The city’s focal point is plaza san Martin and neo-baroque Cathedral of Córdoba.Also bordering the plaza are the 18th-century Cabildo, which has been a prison, town hall and cultural center, and the Museo Histórico Provincial Marqués de Sobre Monte, a colonial-era home turned museum. To the south lie the Evita Fine Arts Museum, which displays regional art in a French-style mansion, and the contemporary-art destination Museo Caraffa. The city has vibrant nightlife, with bars and clubs playing cuarteto music, a distinct blend of violin, piano, accordion and bass that was invented in Córdoba in the 1940s.  

 

Information & Facts

Activities

Fondly known by locals as the heartland of Argentina for its location in the center of the country, the city is lined with scenic rivers, lakes and valleys which makes it an ideal spot guests
Dubbed as La Docta because of its many universities and schools, Cordoba offers an eclectic mix of old and new.

In 2006, it cemented its place as the cultural capital of the Americas, and the title fitted like a glove. Four excellent municipal galleries – dedicated to emerging, contemporary, classical and fine art respectively – are within easy walking distance of each other and the city center.

The combination of colonial past, modern buildings and a convenient base for exploring the nearby Andes and the Pampas make Córdoba a favored spot for conventions and language schools. Its location provides the arena for many adventure and/or extreme sports.

In the outskirts of Córdoba, various adventure travel activities may be enjoyed, namely 4WD tours, silverside and trout fishing in its dams, mountain biking, paragliding or hiking around one of the prettiest regions in Argentina

Climate

Blessed with pleasant weather all year round, the best time to visit Cordoba is March to may and August to November, when it’s not too hot nor too cool and there is little rain.

Even though it is nestled in a vast valley, it is surrounded by the heights of various mountain range systems that create a unique microclimate. Its average maximum temperature is 24º C and minimum is 11º C in the winter.

Eating Out

Like the rest of Argentina, people in Cordoba like their meat. Argentine cuisine varies a little from province to province, and in Córdoba, the traditional asado, locro, stew with corn as a primary ingredient, empanadas and lomito (skirt steak) sandwiches, are popular, as is Bagna Cauda, the anchovy dip for vegetables and bread that Italian immigrants brought with them to Argentina.

Eating out is relatively affordable. 

Getting Around

Public transport is limited to buses with cheap fares, although it can be crowded. Alternatives to the bus system include the yellow and green taxis which can be hailed at any curb. Bicycles are also a good way to explore the downtown area.

Kids Attractions

Parks - El Parque Sarmiento offers strollers many walks around the gardens, a zoo, a Greek Theater, amusement area, a lake, swimming pool, places to eat, bars, cycle track, and for many years was the only large park area within the city limits. 

Night Life

Cordoba has a lot of cultural life although it dies of somewhat during the university holidays over Christmas and doesn't get going again until March-ish. In many cultural centers there are varieties of shows and exhibition.  

Restaurants

Dining on a budget or splurging? Cordoba’s restaurants and gastronomy hubs are the city center (particularly General Paz, Illia and Colón avenues), the Cerro de las Rosas area (large restaurants, relatively high prices, often pleasant outdoor bars), Güemes (Belgrano and Alvear streets, with a mix of mid-range and upscale restaurants and bars), General Paz (with some of the most renowned.

Shopping

Córdoba is a good shopping city, and you can buy near all kind of things at reasonable prices.

The most active zone is the Peatonal pedestrian mall around San Martín Square and the nearby Mercado Norte and Mercado Sur areas, with cheaper prices. In the Nueva Córdoba and Güemes quarters, but also in some central galleries, there are shops and boutiques with locally designed clothing.

Arts and crafts, galleries, shopping malls, provide the shopping fix in the city.

Sightseeing

There are many colonial buildings in the city center. Churches such as the Cathedra, Capilla domestica and many more deserve a visit.

If architecture is not your thing, a visit to the various arts and centers will delight you and set your holiday in the right mood

Family time? No problem. Pay a visit to any of the numerous parks and squares scattered all over the city. Notable parks include: Parque Sarmiento, Parque Las Heras, Parque de la Vida, Parque General Paz, Parque San Martín and many more.

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