Córdoba is an energetic, exciting bustling city. In 2006 the city was awarded the hefty title of Cultural Capital of the Americas, and the title fit like a glove. Córdoba is the second largest city in Argentina, with about 1.4 million inhabitants
It is known for its rich colonial heritage and its old university, now the second-largest university in the country. Around 200,000 people study here which makes the city’s population one of the youngest and liveliest in South America.
The colonial architecture of the city center now coexists with many modern buildings. Many colonial buildings in the city center were built by the Jesuits in 17th and 18th centuries. This is what makes Cordoba a classical beauty of Argentina. There are over 50 theaters and culture centers and some “arte bars”, where you can see theater, art exhibitions and different music acts.
Córdoba has a diverse cultural life. You should not miss visiting the historical center and the magnificent churches, the Cathedral and the Jesuit quarter with the Montserrat School and the old University buildings
There is a lot of spectacular museums, churches, palaces, parks, cathedrals and so much more to see and experience in Cordoba city.
Paseo del Buen Pastor
Paseo del Buen Pastor is a cultural center in the historic district. Modern and functional, it includes a beautiful colonial chapel (Capuchinos) and conserves original pieces such as porticos and columns, combining contemporary and historic elements. It is made up of diverse spaces designed to house art exhibitions along with various galleries, theaters, cinemas, concert halls and dancing fountains that perform a light and music show in the evenings. There are spacious gardens, terraces, plazas and open-air areas for relaxing, surrounded by excellent restaurants and cafes. El Paseo del Buen Pastor is a true delight for art lovers!
“Los Capuchinos (Church)”
Los Capuchinos is a true example of Gothic Revival architecture, designed and made by the famous Italian artist and engineer Augusto Ferrari. He brought specialized staff from Rome to build this structure. The interior and exterior are incredibly beautiful!
Palacio Ferreira (Ferreira Palace)
The Ferreira palace building which houses the museum, was opened in 1919, desinged by the French architect Ernst-Paul Sanson. He was assisted by the builder, René Sargent and the engineer Carlos Exhaust of Buenos Aires. Both the architectural design and decorative ornamentation of the interiors of the building are linked with the Empire style, classical imprint.
Parque Sarmiento (Park)
This park is Cordoba’s most important garden area. Located a short distance from downtown, it has great spaces that are ideal for relaxing, resting, walking or just enjoying the fresh air. The park has facilities for outdoor events including an amphitheater. Around the park one can find cultural areas, museums and various ponds filled with ducks and other birds.
One of Cordoba’s main attractions is the Jesuit Block, a series of colonial buildings that has been declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. The Jesuit Block is a city block of buildings constructed by the Jesuits during the 17th and 18th centuries, including schools, temples and residences. Among the more impressive features are a crypt at the underground novitiate temple, the Company of Jesus Church (the oldest temple in Argentina), and Argentina’s first university, which has been converted into a historic museum by the Cordoba National University.
The city’s most important religious building is the Catedral de Cordoba Its architecture combines neoclassical, romantic and baroque elements fused with indigenous details. The interior design highlights vault paintings and a variety of contemporary adornments.
The Cabildo, as in all Spanish cities, is the center of government, traditionally placed next to the Cathedral on the main square of the city.
Today, the Cabildo is no longer the center of city government, which has moved to other sites since the turn of the century. Today it houses the City Historical Museum and numerous offices.
Córdoba is a good shopping city, and you can buy all types of things at reasonable prices. In the Nueva Córdoba, Güemes quarters, and in some central galleries there are shops and boutiques with locally designed clothing.
Local arts and crafts are sold at the Paseo de las Artes, where you also can buy some local food like salamis, honey, and alfajores (a local sweet with dulce de leche) in the very pleasant Güemes district.
There is also a smaller arts and crafts market at Plaza San Martín and other city squares.
There are many galleries and some modern shopping malls. The most well-known are Patio Olmos and Garden Shopping (central district), Dinosaurio Mall and Córdoba Shopping (northwest), and the Nuevo Centro Shopping (west) near the Sheraton Hotel.
Like the rest of Argentina, people in Córdoba 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. Bagna Cauda, the anchovy dip for vegetables and bread Italian immigrants brought with them to Argentina is a favorite.
Naturally, all these dishes are enjoyed with an Argentinian Wine.
Strongly influenced by the Italian and Spanish cultures, the cuisine of Córdoba is complemented by exquisite ethnic traditions from the area.
At the top of “typical Argentine food” lists is milanesa. This is a flattened piece of chicken or beef, then breaded and then fried or baked. It is most like German schnitzel. It’s a common lunch menu item and is usually served with fries or potatoes, or made into a sandwich.
And do not miss the empanadas cordobesas; an exquisite small half-moon pie stuffed with meat, vegetables or cheese.
We can recommend the best restaurants in Cordoba. There are dozens of great establishments that are spacious or cozy with great Argentine Cultural Décor.
A City Tour in Cordoba would be like this:
First we will visit Plaza San Martín & surrounding areas; Cordoba’s central square. Its western side is dominated by the white arcade of the restored Cabildo and close to it there is the architecturally impressive Catedral.
Then, we will continue with the Córdoba’s magestic Manzana Jesuitica. The Jesuit block contains the core buildings of the Jesuit system: the university, the church and residence of the Society of Jesus, and the college.
In this area we can also visit some stores or boutiques where you can find our well known leather, nice souvenirs and silver crafts.
After visit the museums we are ready to have lunch in a traditional restaurant in the area.
After having a delicious Argentinian meal we will visit Paseo del Buen Pastor and Sacred Coeur Church. This cultural center/performance space was built in 1901 as a combined chapel/monastery/women’s prison.
There are a couple of hip cafe-bars in the central patio area where you can kick back with an Appletini or two. The attached chapel (which has been desanctified) hosts regular live-music performances to finish a nice afternoon.
The Second day Cordoba city offers two of the city’s best contemporary art museums: The Emilio Caraffa Museum, and Palacio Ferreyra Museum. There you will enjoy paintings, sculptures and a Beaux-Arts mansion designed by French architect Ernest Sanson and built between 1912 and 1916 for Dr. Martín Ferreyra.
Also, ten blocks away from the Córdoba urban historical shell, we get deep into the renowned Bohemian neighborhood called Güemes to visit Paseo de las Artes (artisan flea market).This area is a meeting place and a hot tourist spot that grows constantly
Finally we end the day at “El Mercado central” A fantastic space that awakes all the senses. Central Market is all about the local cuisine.
After dinner you can enjoy one of the most popular Tango Shows to end the evening.