explore spainish culture in Argentina
Córdoba de la Nueva Andalucía was founded in 1573 by Spanish conquistadors and named after the andalucíanandalucían city. With its 1.3 million inhabitants it is the second largest city and one of the cultural centers of Argentina. It´s located ca. 700km north/eastern from Buenos Aires, almost in the geographical centre of the country.
We stayed and worked for one month in a small Hostel called Centenario in the centre of the city. With two floors, lots of art and a rooftop terrace with BBQ it was a really a good place to stay. Close to Plaza de San Martin and a one minute walk to the Río Suquía it was the perfect location to hang out and reach the most interesting places in Córdoba by walk.
The first thing we realized after our arrival is that the people in Córdoba seem to speak a different language. If the difference between the Castellano of Spain and the one of Argentina is already a problem for you, be prepared for the Córdobes accent. Apart from this the people of Córdoba are really friendly, easy going and helpful.
The city is home of seven universities and has a student population of 10% ,which brings lots of bars, clubs and activities for young people. It has several museums, which are free for visit every Wednesday (actually this counts for the whole state of Córdoba).
Poorly it has way too less green spots, basically only the Parque Sarmiento, which is huge and nice but thats already it. Other parks are super rare and usually too small to spend there more time than for a cigarette. Sometimes you can find a nice spot to chill near the river but during the summertime the riverbed is dry and full of trash, which ruins the view. In general Córdoba isn't one of the cleanest cities.
Plaza de San Martin, the central square is a good spot for shopping, in the surrounding area you will find several restaurants, shops, cafe´s and nice architecture. The prices for food or groceries are cheaper than in other argentinian cities we visited but still quiet expensive.
The food culture leaves something to be desired, like in the rest of Argentina its mainly parilla (BBQ), empanadas (filled dumplings with meat or vegetables) or the usual north american and italian cuisine.
To sum up Córdoba during the day isn't that compulsive, one week is probably enough see the most interesting places. A big pro is that everything is more or less in walking distance, whcih saves you a lot of money on public transport.
More interesting is the nightlife of the city, which also reflects in the day/night rhythm of people. Usually nobody in our hostel went to sleep before 2, more usual was 4-5 in the night, doesn't matter which day or which age. If you want you can find a party every day and the best place for that is Nueva Córdoba. It accommodates plenty of bars, pubs and clubs for every taste of music.
Altogether we remember Córdoba as a quiet safe place, during the day or in the centre there is no reason to worry. At night this changes, like in almost all cities in South America you shouldn't walk alone through empty streets or visibly carry expensive things like a camera phone or jewelery. One friend of us got robbed in front of our hostel, which we would consider as a safe area. But usually you don't need to worry if you are in a group of people and especially on the weekends when the streets are more crowded.
If you have the chance to leave the city you should go on a trip to the Sierras de Córdoba, which are located ca. 100km eastern. Poorly we couldn't make it because of the bad weather during our stay, but lots of people told us about amazing nature, lakes and hiking trails.
If you're interested in staying or working in Cordoba check our host and feel free to contact them.
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