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Medellin

Discover art, innovation and natural beauty in the City of the Eternal Spring, a hidden marvel in the valleys of the Andes.

Medellín, nestled in a valley of the Andes, is known as the “City of the Eternal Spring” due to its pleasant climate. Colombia’s infamous civil wars are consigned to history; Medellín is now a safe hub of innovation. After the city’s inception in the 17th century, its remote distance from other areas of Colombia has allowed it to develop its own particular style.

One of Medellín’s most impressive features is the Metrocable gondola system. Climb aboard in the city’s east and travel over mountains past the Parque Biblioteca España (Spain Library Park) with buildings resembling giant rocks built on the hills. Continue south to Parque Arví nature reserve. Explore some of its 2,000 acres (800 hectares) of paths, farms and an archeological site.

Returning to the city’s center, browse 400 shops in the Palacio Nacional (National Palace) mall. A few blocks away, find the Museo de Antioquia (Antioquia Museum), a collection of works by Medellín natives, Fernando Botero and Pedro Nel Gómez. Elsewhere in the city look for graffiti and street art created during the annual Street Skills activities each November.

Explore the Jardin Botánico (Botanical Gardens) in the north. Capture photos of ducks in the lake, surrounded by stunning floral displays. Next door is the Parque Explora (Explore Park), a natural sciences center with 300 interactive activities and a large aquarium.

When on a break from sightseeing, enjoy some of Medellín’s traditional foods: mondongo (tripe and cassava soup), sancocho (chicken and plantain soup) and bandeja paisa (bean, beef, egg and rice).

In southern Medellín’s affluent Poblado area, find El Castillo Museo y Jardines (Castle Museum and Gardens). Learn about the Colombian philanthropist who lived there and see heirlooms from various European cultures. Enjoy a picnic in the charming gardens with a panoramic view of the entire city.

Most international visitors arriving by air will fly into José María Córdova international airport, which is 45 minutes east of Medellín. If you get to the city by bus from other Columbian cities, expect a journey through spectacular scenery.

Top hotels in Medellin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Charlee Hotel
The Charlee Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Calle 9a 37 16, Medellin, Antioquia

Located in Zona Rosa, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lokkus Contemporary Art and Poblado Park. La Strada Mall and Golden Mile are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (584 reviews)
great stay

"Very comfortable place in great location - nice staff especially David Duque on bell duties to assist for anything. Roof deck bar lounge pool is iconic. It is time for a refresh, but the essential qualities are all there."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb,2020

The Charlee Hotel
Estelar Apartamentos Medellin
Estelar Apartamentos Medellin
3.5 out of 5
Carrera 43 B Number 8 sur 10, Medellin, Antioquia
The price is SG$71 per night

Located in La Aguacatala, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oviedo Mall, Golden Mile and La Strada Mall. EAFIT University and Poblado Park are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (263 reviews)

"Location, friendliness, professionalism,cleanliness."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar,2020

Estelar Apartamentos Medellin
Hotel Du Parc Royal
Hotel Du Parc Royal
4.5 out of 5
Calle 9 Nº 41 - 36, Medellin, Antioquia
The price is SG$87 per night

Located in Zona Rosa, this luxury hotel is steps away from Poblado Park and Lleras Park. Oviedo Mall and Medellin's Museum of Modern Art are also within 2 mi ...

4.4/5Excellent! (718 reviews)

"The place is in a very safa neighborhood and close to all bars and restaurants. Hotel is very well kept, the staff is amazing, always there to help you."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar,2020

Hotel Du Parc Royal

Popular places to visit in Medellin

Rock of Guatape
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Rock of Guatape

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Marvel at one of the best views in the world, an enormous lake full of small islets, from atop this 70-million-year-old rock.

Pueblito Paisa
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Pueblito Paisa

3.5/5(2 reviews)

Take a trip back in time to a replica of a typical old town from the region with a stunning view of the new city.

Botero Plaza
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Botero Plaza

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Walk among comically obese statues made by the illustrious artist Fernando Botero in this spacious plaza full of artisans and restaurants.

Top things to do in Medellin

Guatape Tour
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Guatape Tour

96% of travellers recommend
SG$43
Per adult
Half-Day Pablo Escobar & Comuna 13 Tour
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Half-Day Pablo Escobar & Comuna 13 Tour

96% of travellers recommend
SG$89
Per adult
DISCOVER MEDELLIN
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DISCOVER MEDELLIN

100% of travellers recommend
SG$28
Per adult
Medellín Historical City Tour
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Medellín Historical City Tour

SG$205
Per adult
Private Full-Day Tour to El Peñol Rock & Guatapé
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Private Full-Day Tour to El Peñol Rock & Guatapé

100% of travellers recommend
SG$321
Per adult
Guatape & Coffee Tour: All in one great day
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Guatape & Coffee Tour: All in one great day

100% of travellers recommend
SG$441
Per adult

Reviews of Medellin

4.4

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Jan 2020

Very pretty city if not many attractions to there. Great friendly people and nightlife.

5/5 - Excellent

PeterC

1 Oct 2019

For a first time visitor it's probably useful to be with someone local. It's also important to have at least some knowledge of Spanish. The shopping malls are impressive with excellent food courts.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Aug 2019

Felt safer than I imagined

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Jun 2019

We loved Medellín-it was definitely worth the trip. El Poblado is a great area to stay in-it’s very lively and can be noisy at night but The Charlee hotel has great sound proofing. The city is safe for tourists and the locals are very welcoming.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 May 2019

Great city with interesting history.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Apr 2019

I love it here in Medellin this is my second visit the city is vibrant safe and very clean. Transport here is second to none. Plenty of things to do here and places to visit if you are travelling to Colombia then Medellin is a must.

El Castillo Museum which includes a castle and heritage architecture

El Poblado

Isabelle Bhend on trover

Santa Fe de Antioquia

Rock of Guatape showing forests, landscape views and tranquil scenes

Guatape

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