Córdoba might not get the fame of Buenos Aires, but it’s a fantastic Argentine city to visit on your travels, filled with interesting architecture, fascinating museums and some great places to eat and drink. We have listed the best things to see and do around the bustling city center.
Cathedral of Córdoba
Cordoba’s cathedral is perhaps its most famous landmark and therefore definitely worth a visit. Its beautiful, old facade has remained well kept for hundreds of years, and Sunday services are still held here every week. The cathedral is just as beautiful inside as it is outside, with a luxury interior painted by the famous Emilio Caraffa, an artist from Córdoba.
Opening hours: 8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 8am-12pm & 5pm-8pm Sat & Sun
Museo Emilio Carrafa
The artistic character of Museo Emilio Carrafa, located in the pretty Plaza España, becomes obvious from the outside –architect Juan Kronfuss’s neoclassical building is impressive in its own right. The exhibitions here change monthly, so it’s worth checking what’s on before you visit.
Opening hours:10am-8pm Tue-Sun
Mercado Norte is a fantastic find. This small and cheap food market sells a host of delicious typical foods, from empanadas to steak sandwiches. You’ll find authentic eats at an unbelieveable price. The market is also a great stop to buy fresh produce, so come here and get inspired to cook your own meals.
Opening hours: 8am-3pm Mon-Sat
The Manzana Jesuitical (‘Jesuit Block’) is an urban area located right in the city center. The block encompasses a chapel, a school, a church, the old seat of the National University of Córdoba and a residence. The Manzana Jesuítica was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2000, along with five other Jesuit landmarks across the province. This beautifully kept corner in the busy city is a calmer place to soak up some culture and history.
Marque Sarmiento is a huge green park within Cordoba city. While you have to go through the hussle and bussle of the city to reach it, the park makes for a brilliant day out, especially on bright sunny days. Make the most of the duck pond and get friendly with the birds. Or get out on the pond with some friends in a peddle boat for hire.
Teatro del Libertador
The Teatro del Libertador is the country’s oldest and grandest theater, erected in 1891. A theater, music hall and opera house, this is a building so impressive that it almost doesn’t matter what you come to see here – the star is the theater itself. That said, great shows and performances are staged in Teatro del Libertador, so make sure to check the website to see what’s on.
Open: Box office 9am-9pm Mon-Sun
Drink in Aladdin’s cave
Check out El Sha, a popular but chilled bar with an Aladdin-esque feel. This place serves great cocktails, and with it’s trendy ambiance you’ll want to hang around for more than one drink. Once you’re done here you can head out to explore Nueva Córdoba, ready to embark on a night of bar hopping.
Open: 8pm until late everyday.
Address: Urquiza 2063, Cordoba, Argentina
What trip to Argentina is complete without a visit to a good steak house? A visit to Bar Yoly will remind you why Argentine beef is considered to be one of the best in the world. Unbelievable cuts of meat are thrown on the grill and served with love (but no frills). Expect the food to do the talking. A local joint, this is the perfect typical Argentine parrilla restaurant, or steak restaurant.
Open: open for lunch and dinner daily
Dance tango at Cabildo
Visit Cabildo, a much loved cultural center, and try your hand at tango. You may not find yourself a natural, as it’s not as easy to pick up this dance as other Latin American dances (salsa, for example), but it’s worth a shot. Classes start at 9:30pm every Friday, and afterwards you’re free to stay and practise, which is completely encouraged and a great chance to mix with the regulars.
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