Cordoba is the second most important city in Argentina and a UNESCO-designated American Capital of Culture. It is centrally located in the country and a very good example of the preservation of national history (impeccably maintained colonial buildings) mixed with modern trends (Where else will you find DJs spinning electro-tango in crowded student bars next to 17th-century Jesuit ruins?). But, if all this action is too much for you, quaint little mountain villages are a short bus ride away.
Córdoba is characterized by its cultural offerings and its ample and varied natural assets (Sierras). Córdoba has it all: large portions of landscape, favorable weather conditions and natural sceneries mixed with colonial monuments (Jesuit estancias -large cattle ranches-). Little towns, historical antiques and cave paintings are found in a pleasant valley landscape, high plains and gorges.
Architecture: Córdoba is famous for its concentration of Spanish colonial buildings. Most of these historic palaces, churches and monuments are found in the city center within an area known as the Jesuit Block.
Among the most striking are the Jesuit Cathedral, the Cabildo government building, Monserrat School and the National University of Cordoba, the country’s oldest university.
Nightlife: Córdoba also offers a buzzing nightlife scene. The people of Cordoba are big music lovers (“Cuarteto” was born there and locals do love it and dance it amazingly well). Do not forget to try “FERNÉT CON COCA”, a bitter but extremely famous cocktail.
Nature: Córdoba is surrounded by picturesque valleys and mountains (sierras) that can be visited on day trips. An unforgettable experience and a great way to witness Córdoba’s amazing surroundings is paragliding. Try paragliding in the nearby town of La Cumbre.
Art & Music: Córdoba is home to Argentina’s most important folk music festival: Cosquín as well as four excellent municipal galleries – dedicated to emerging, contemporary, classical and fine art respectively –within walking distance of each other and the city center.
The climate of Córdoba is humid subtropical, moderated by the Pampas winds. Summers run from late November till early March, and bring days between 28 °C (82 °F) and 33 °C (91 °F) and night between 15 °C (59 °F) and 19 °C (66 °F) with frequent thunderstorms.
Cordoba has a huge bus station and it is not hard to get here from all over the country. It also has a very busy airport with daily flights from Buenos Aires and other major cities. Also, the best way to see the towns and the countryside around Córdoba is to hire a car and go exploring!
In 2006 Cordoba was awarded the hefty title of Cultural Capital of the Americas, and it fits the city like a glove. But, if you still need more reasons:
-Architecture: historic palaces, churches, monuments and Jesuit Block
-Nightlife, Music and Fernet: “cuarteto”, German beer in Villa General Belgrano and Fernét con Coca everywhere
- Nature: Sierras, massive parks, rivers and lakes.
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