Seven hours inland from Buenos Aires, Córdoba is the
Argentine capital’s more low-key but equally attractive cousin. As
one can guess from the city’s name, it’s peppered with grandiose
Spanish colonial architecture throughout, blending Andalusian and South American styles. While BA
has always been the Latin American heartthrob – and
has seen a resurgence in popularity of late – we can’t recommend
Argentina’s second-largest city enough.
A trip to Córdoba would be incomplete without checking out the
17th-century Jesuit Block (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) but be
sure to attend an event at the Paseo del Buen Pastor cultural
centre too. The space that has formerly housed everything from a
monastery to a prison is now chock-a-block full of art, and a great
place for cocktails and concerts come evening. The Picasso-filled
Evita Fine Arts Museum – a museum set in a former mansion – is
For the best dinner in town, make a booking at El
Papagayo, a minimalist favourite with artful plating that’s set
in a narrow brick-walled room.
Who to take with you
Someone who will match you in an empanada-eating contest.
When to go
Most likely to bump into…
Polo enthusiasts in town before a on a horseback excursion in
the surrounding mountainous areas.
Essentials to bring with you
Your dancing shoes – you won’t want to miss out on an evening of
shimmying to cuarteto, a musical style that was born in
How to get there
Fly into Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella
International Airport, otherwise known as Pajas Blancas.