Paseo del Bicentenario
This new green space was inaugurated in 2010 and features an unusual collection of 201 large circular rings that have been erected in Parque Sarmiento to celebrate Argentina’s bicentenary. Each ring represents milestones in Argentina’s history, while the 201st ring represents Argentina’s future. They are painted in primary colours and are reminiscent of Olympic rings. It is popular with students, who come here on their breaks to chat with friends and drink mate.
Parque Sarmiento is the largest green space in the city, and is a sprawling swath of lakes, trees, grassy knolls and impressive museums, statues and monuments. Lie back and relax or picnic on one of the lawns, or take a walk to the Faro, a tall twisting statue that was erected in 2011 and is intended to be the icon of the city. There is also a zoo and plenty of paths on which you can explore the park.
Cordoba’s botanical gardens will celebrate their 19th birthday this year, and the complex features a visitor’s centre where workshops and activities takes place, while externally there is a wealth of local and exotic flora and fauna to be explored. There is a also a pretty lagoon around which different species of trees and plants have been planted. A great option for a day out with the kids in the city.
Jardín Botánico, Francisco Yunyent 5491, Córdoba, Argentina +54 351 433-7365
Reserva Natural Parque San Martin provides visitors with a much-needed dose of the countryside just outside the limits of the city. A wild and untamed natural reserve, it is a far cry from the urban landscaping of the city’s Parque Sarmiento, and instead is home to roving swathes of natural vegetation which grows wild, and a river which flows through the site can be appreciated from its banks. There are also plenty of walking trails for anyone wishing to get some exercise in.
Parque Las Tejas
Located close to Parque Sarmiento, Parque Las Tejas is a sloping plot that is decidedly urban in nature. Bisected by and overlooking a busy road, a modern footbridge links the two sides of the park, and in summer it is the site of outdoor film screenings and jazz performances during the city’s jazz festival.
The Jesuit Block is one of the most famous attractions in Cordoba, a carefully preserved Jesuit reduction dating back to the Spanish conquest of South America many centuries ago. As well as the many church and school buildings that make up the block, there are also some beautifully kept grounds, including gardens, lakes and paths that are really worth a visit. Relax on the grassy banks that surround the lake and forget about the hustle and bustle of the city.
Jesuit Block, Nieto 2-90, Alta Gracia, Córdoba, Argentina +54 3547 42-1303
Parque La Serranita
Although not located in the city of Cordoba, this fun-filled activity and entertainment park is well worth a visit, especially if you have kids. Complete with crazy golf, a man-made labyrinth, waterslide and archery, La Serranita is situated in beautiful natural surroundings, only 50km (31 miles) away from the city itself. It’s perfect for a day-long escape, with fun for all the family.