Córdoba is an inland city in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, whose spirited residents call themselves “Cordobenses” – energetic urbanites with a proud dedication to their city. And well they should be proud, for Córdoba is none other than the colonial town where the document confirming Mexico’s independence was signed in 1821.
Córdoba’s nickname of “The City of Thirty Gentlemen” comes from the city’s 1618 establishment in the foothills of Mexico’s central mountain range by 30 families. The town’s purpose was to impede escaped African slaves from assaulting people traveling between the coast and Mexico City. Today, Córdoba is a commercial processing center for products, such as coffee, sugar cane, fruit, and tobacco.
Córdoba features the traditional Spanish Zócalo (Main Square) with a magnificent cathedral, a municipal palace, and other interesting shops surrounding it. The Zócalo is called the Parque de 21 de Mayo and it is one of the city’s busiest locations for the gathering of local families and visitors.
People who will enjoy visiting Córdoba will most likely be people who appreciate a contemporary city-life. Here visitors can join the lively Cordobenses in the Zócalo or jogging the trails of their popular 4-hectare city park called, Parque Ecologio Paso Coyol, another active and important location in Córdoba.
And this particular park comes with an interesting history – once an abandoned lot frequented by delinquents, the area neighborhood joined forces with the government to turn it into a beautiful park with winding trails and lush gardens that is now frequented by families.
Another attraction is the city’s Museo de Antropología (Museum of Anthropology). The museum exhibits a small, but interesting, artifact collection related to the indigenous Olmec and Aztec cultures, among other displays. For a nice view of the mountains, head to the museum’s second floor.
At night, you’ll find much to do in the city’s nightclubs, billiard halls, auditoriums, and theatre – alongside those dynamic Cordobenses!