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Overview to Cordoba: Travel Guide and Tourist Information

Sunflower Plantations at Cordoba

Slap-bang in the middle of Argentina, Cordoba is a quietly attractive place. While it may not have the ostentatious beauty of Buenos Aires, its Old Town - huddled around Plaza San Martin - is an attractive mass of grand colonial buildings.

The Old Town also has a number of fine churches and convents: the Monasterio de Santa Teresa is part of the ‘Jesuits’ Block’, while over to the other side of Plaza San Martin, the Cabildo is home to the city’s cathedral – Argentina’s oldest operating church.

There are also a couple of museums worth diving into to escape a baking hot summer’s day. The Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes (a little to the northwest of the Plaza) contains an interesting collection, while the Museo Historico Provincial holds some good colonial art.

But Cordoba’s not really a sightseeing sort of place. As you’d expect from a university town – and the most Italian of Argentina’s cities – it’s a civilized city; somewhere to relax in (passing a slow afternoon in Parque Sarmiento, the pleasant park) and generally have a good time.

Much of the best nightlife in the city is concentrated to the south in Nueva Cordoba. Here, and to the northwest on Boulevard Las Heras in the Abasto district, a lively night out can be relied on when darkness falls.

But beyond that, Cordoba’s main draw is its surroundings: not far from the great trekking and climbing on offer in the Central Sierras, and the jump-off point for the Jesuit Estancias of the Camino de la Historia, it’s the perfect place from which to sample the full majesty of Argentina.