Getting to Know: Córdoba

On this week’s blog we explore the brilliant location of Córdoba in Argentina.

You might not have heard of it; after all, it’s not Buenos Aires or a famous wine-producing province, but it has its own magical beauty, Fazendeiros, so do read on.

This province is located right in the centre of Argentina, and is the fifth largest province in the country.

Climate

Generally speaking, summers are consistently hot & humid (oh the humidity!), and winters don’t get too cold. They tend to be very dry, with minimal rain. The weather is often good enough to visit all year round without much risk of any surprise changes – which is always a plus.

Features & History

The main features of Córdoba are the expansive plain that covers a huge area of the province, and the three major mountain ranges. Together, these are known as Sierras de Córdoba, and the altitude can reach nearly 2000 metres at the highest peak, on Cerro Uritorco.

If you fancy a challenge, there are several hiking routes available across all the mountain ranges. The views at the top can be absolutely spectacular, Fazendeiros.

A view from the Sierras of Córdoba (Image credit - Getaway)

A view from the Sierras of Córdoba (Image credit – Getaway)

Before it was taken over during the Spanish conquista, indigenous groups such as the Comechingones and Sanavirones used to inhabit this region.

Córdoba City

Founded in 1573 at the mid-point of the main transport route across the province, this cultural city rose due to its trade of precious metals from Peru. The city has grown rapidly since then to now holding over 1.4 million inhabitants.

The bustling city (Image Credit - Plataforma Urbana)

The bustling city (Image Credit – Plataforma Urbana)

Known for its Spanish colonial architecture, this city is very much a cultural hot-spot and enjoys both internal and external tourism all year round.

Due to the sheer amount of universities and scientific studies that are dotted throughout, Córdoba city is often nicknamed ‘La Docta‘. The city’s population is one of the youngest in South America, with around 200,000 people studying there.

Things to do

Sarmiento Park

Thanks to large developments taking place in the south of the city in the late nineteenth century, there was a need for new green space for residents. Commissioned in 1889, this park is the beautiful result. Designed by the French urbanist Charles Thays, this 43-acre park is the perfect place to relax in the sun, with open grassed areas, a rose garden and a large artificial lake.

The park can be a relaxing space

The park can be a relaxing space (Image credit – Happy Frog Travels)

Interestingly, aside from the tranquil greenery, this park is also home to Ferreyra palace, which is now a museum of art.

Evita Fine Arts Museum

Located in the luxurious Beaux-Arts mansion, this interesting museum houses over 500 works, alongside a sculpture garden.

Outside the museum

Outside the museum (Image credit – Judy’s Rambles)

You can take your time to wander through rooms with their walls lined with paintings, mostly from famous Argentinian artists, and some from other famous artists such as Picasso and Goya.

Inside the museum (Image credit - Museo Maximo Laura)

Inside the  intriguing museum (Image credit – Museo Maximo Laura)

There’s also the opportunity to explore the grounds and take a visit to the cafe if you’re tired out from viewing all the excellent art.

Paseo de Las Artes

This traditional street market is a great place to shop and browse authentic Argentinian goods. Items range from handicrafts and souvenirs to accessories and vintage clothing, so there’s something for everyone. Street performers also line the streets here, and there can be some great acts to see as you wander around.

One of the lively streets (Image credit - Welcome Argentina)

One of the lively streets (Image credit – Welcome Argentina)

Not only are there some great shops and stalls, but there’s also several quaint and authentic bars, restaurants, cafes and galleries. It’s the perfect place to take in the traditional culture of this city.

Traditional Food

Locro

This thick, hearty stew is one of Argentina’s national dishes, and is widely enjoyed across the whole province of Córdoba.

A traditional Locro

A traditional Locro (Image credit – Ang Sarap)

Consisting of corn, beef and a mixture of vegetables, it’s the perfect winter meal to warm you up. Interestingly, locro is typically made using a special type of potato called ‘papa chola‘, which gives it a very unique taste that is hard to find in any other dish.

Colaciones

These sweet treats are a delight, and are originally from Córdoba. They hail from the family of alfajores; their dough is soft and slightly crispy, and they are filled with dulce de leche repostero (a thicker, patisserie-like type of dulce de leche), and finally covered with glaze.

We dare you to try just one of these, Fazendeiros. You’ll quickly learn only one is not an option.

Colaciones

Colaciones (Image credit – Pasteles de Colores)

 

What do you think? Would this be one of the cities you’d visit if you travelled to Argentina, Fazendeiros? We most definitely pay a quick one if only just to have some locro and colaciones!