Cordoba Travel Guide

Known as the cultural capital of the Argentinian midlands, Cordoba packs a heady mix of theatres, modern art galleries and beautiful colonial-era buildings, all within a scenic mountain setting. Indeed, much of the old colonial vestiges remain, even though there has been massive development in recent years.

A fine collection of churches and colonial buildings survive from the past, including the 17th century Cabildo (town hall), the Romanesque Iglesia Cathedral and the Museo Historico Provincial Marques de Sobremonte, which is one of the most important historical museums in the country. The Jesuit influence is clear within the region, which is scattered with colonial churches, hermitages and interesting towns. Many towns are well prepared for tourists, with hotels, restaurants and festivals keeping the Jesuit and gaucho traditions alive.

Due to its position in the centre of the country, Cordoba is easy to reach and makes a good stopping point on the journey from Buenos Aires to the Andean Northwest. Culture lovers will note that it is the birthplace of famous writers from the last century, such as Leopoldo Lugones, Arturo Capdevila and Marcos Aguinis. The city is also home to the Caraffa Fine Arts Museum and the Evita Fine Arts Museum, as well as the Paseo del Buen Pastor, a cultural centre containing an art gallery, a fine wine shop, artisanal cheese store and other artisanal stalls.

Cordoba is known as La Docta because of its many scientific institutes and universities, including the National Technological University. With a student population of around 200,000, it's no wonder the city has some of the liveliest nightlife in Argentina. Outside of the city, travellers can continue their holiday in the Sierras de Cordoba, a hill district featuring beautifully situated resorts and the Quebrada del Condorito National Park.

A hub of history and cultural gifts, Cordoba entices travellers with its many offerings of artistic joy and celebration. The young at heart will not be disappointed either, as a festive atmosphere always seems to permeate the city, and there's never a lack of fun to be had.