What to Do on a Rainy Day in Cordoba, Argentina

A man enjoying a stroll in Cordoba, Argentina
A man enjoying a stroll in Cordoba, Argentina | © easydayout / Flickr
Photo of Sorcha O'Higgins
29 March 2018

The city and region of Cordoba are two of the most popular areas in Argentina for travelers, especially among local tourists. People flock to Cordoba at all times of the year to experience the culture of the city and the beauty of the natural landscapes. But should you be unlucky enough to encounter inclement weather on your Cordobese adventure, there is still plenty of stuff to keep you occupied.

Cordoba has a wealth of charms for anyone that is planning on visiting the region. From the exuberant city to the rolling hills of the sierras, there are dozens of things to keep tourists busy on their trip to the area. However, if it rains, you might have to decide on some alternative activities that don’t involve being outside. Luckily Cordoba is full of museums, bars, cafes and restaurants where you can find shelter from the rain.

Caraffa Museum, Cordoba | © Pedro Reyna / Flickr

Checking out some of the city’s amazing art museums and galleries is one of the best ways to while away a rainy day. The Evita Fine Arts Museum is located next to the city’s main park, Parque Sarmiento, and houses 12 exhibit halls, a sculpture garden, library, an auditorium for 120 and a collection of over 500 works. The building is an incredible construction from the early 20th century that was built in the Beaux Arts style. Architecture and art buffs will feel right at home in this palatial museum and it is a great choice for a few hours to spend indoors away from the rain outside. Another museum worth checking out is the Caraffa Fine Arts Museum. This imposing building is located on the edge of Parque Sarmiento and was built in the Neoclassical style by German architect Juan Kronfuss in 1915. Visitors can see sculptures and artworks by local legends as well as international masters such as Picasso and Goya.

The Jesuit Block in Cordoba | © AHLN / Flickr

For fans of theology and history, there is no better way to spend a rainy day in Cordoba than by exploring the Jesuit Block and Estancia in the centre of the city. This was where the first Jesuits set up shop when they came to Argentina in the 16th century, and the collection of buildings and their grounds are very well preserved. The complex also contains the University of Cordoba, one of the oldest in South America and one of the most important universities in Argentina. For those who want to indulge in some cultural activities, head to the Paseo del Buen Pastor, a cultural complex where visitors can see theatre, dance performances, art exhibitions and much more. While you’re there, head across the road to check out the famous Capuchin Church with its idiosyncratic architecture.

Just one of the amazing landscapes you can see in Cordoba | © Rafael Bravo / Flickr

If hitting a bar is more your speed, try any of Cordoba’s many watering holes, especially those in the Guemes neighbourhood. Try the local’s favourite tipple, Fernet and Coke, a national drink that is popular all over the country, but especially in Cordoba. If you want to venture outside the city, rent a car and drive through the sierras. Visibility might be bad, but it is certainly worth giving it a shot!

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