Cordoba is tucked inland among undulating hills and the Jamapa River, which complement the historic city’s colonial architecture and classic Mexican cantinas. It comprises 15 distinct neighbourhoods centred around a bustling central square and 17th-century baroque cathedral.
Things to do in Córdoba
Founded in 1618 by the Spanish, Cordoba has a storied history that includes the last battle of the War of Independence and the signing of the Treaty of Independence. Soak up this rich Mexican history while exploring architecture from Cordoba’s earliest days including the baby-blue Immaculate Conception Cathedral, built in 1688.
The best live entertainment can be found within Parque de 21 de Mayo, Cordoba’s central public square. It’s a living movie set with local musicians, well-heeled party-goers, street dance troupes and ice cream vendors. The nearby Museo de Cordoba is part of a university and boasts exhibits from Aztec and Olmec times.
Cordoba is a melting pot of exotic cultures, from Spanish and Italian to Caribbean and African, which shows through in its dining scene. Grab authentic Italian coffee at The Italian Coffee Company, before enjoying traditional Mexican cuisine at Las Gemelas. Need to work off all that delicious food? Visit Paso Coyol Park, which has running and walking trails interspersed with outdoor exercise stations.
If you’re up for a little adventure, head out to the surrounding hills for rewarding hikes that reveal scenic outlooks of the city and countryside. Pico de Orizaba, Mexico’s highest mountain, presents a tougher challenge with glaciers, ice climbs and a peak height of 5,636 metres. It’s about 2.5 hours’ drive from Cordoba.
Getting around Córdoba
To get to Cordoba you must first fly into Veracruz International Airport then catch a bus. The city is serviced by local “Centro” buses and taxis. Walking is quite easy, so long as you have a map to help guide you through Cordoba’s oddly-numbered streets.