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Medellin
Travel Guide

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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.

Where to stay in Medellin

Hotel San Fernando Plaza
Hotel San Fernando Plaza
4 out of 5
Carrera 42a No. 1-15, Medellin, Antioquia
The price is £39 per night from 16 Jun to 16 Jun
Located in La Florida, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of La Strada Mall, Lleras Park and Santafé Mall. Golden Mile and Poblado Park are also within 10 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (987 reviews)
"Excellent value for the quality of service! We had a great stay at this property and would definitely return. Nestor and Julian at the pool area were extremely helpful and kind. Overall the staff went out of their way to help!"

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2021

Hotel San Fernando Plaza
Dann Carlton Medellin Hotel
Dann Carlton Medellin Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Carrera 43a No.7-50, Avenida El Poblado, Medellin, Antioquia
The price is £41 per night from 18 Jun to 18 Jun
Located in La Florida, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Poblado Park and Lleras Park. Santafé Mall and Plaza Mayor Covention Center are also within ...
4.2/5Excellent! (975 reviews)
"Nice location. First-rate service from check-in to exit. amazing Tony Roma's rotating restaurant on the 18th floor. Remote turns on all lights and window shade. Beautiful TV. Great shower and the bed was so comfortable I wanted to stay longer."

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2021

Dann Carlton Medellin Hotel
Movich Hotel Las Lomas
Movich Hotel Las Lomas
4 out of 5
Glorieta Aeropuerto Internacional, Jose Maria Cordova, Rionegro, Antioquia
The price is £48 per night from 16 Jun to 16 Jun
Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Llanogrande Mall Shopping Center, San Nicolas Mall and Recreational Park Comfama ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (718 reviews)
"Beautiful property with a great pool, and nice park area. Good food and drinks as well"

Reviewed on 28 May 2021

Movich Hotel Las Lomas
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Sites
Sites
3.5 out of 5
Carrera 45 No. 5 - 15, Medellin
The price is £40 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Located in Patio Bonito, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Poblado Park and Lleras Park. Santafé Mall and Plaza Mayor Covention Center are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (606 reviews)
"The check in process was quick and easy. The receptionist Natalia was very helpful and provided us tips of nearby restaurants. The hotel is about 10-15 minutes walk to the Poblado metro station and to the El Poblabo Park where you can find many restaurants. The roof top pool was nice. The complimentary ..."

Reviewed on 6 Jun 2021

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Travelers Rio Verde Living Suites
Travelers Rio Verde Living Suites
3.5 out of 5
Kilometro 2.2 Vereda Convencion, Rionegro
The price is £52 per night from 16 Jun to 16 Jun
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Llanogrande Mall Shopping Center, San Nicolas Mall and Estadio Alberto Grisales Stadium. ...
4/5Very Good! (204 reviews)
"Nice room full kitchen amazing views, good breakfast"

Reviewed on 1 Jun 2021

Travelers Rio Verde Living Suites
Provenza Lofts
Provenza Lofts
3 out of 5
Carrera 36 #10-67, Medellin, Antioquia
The price is £48 per night from 1 Jul to 1 Jul
Located in the heart of Medellin, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lokkus Contemporary Art and Lleras Park. Santafé Mall and Plaza Mayor Covention ...
4.3/5Excellent! (20 reviews)
"Nice location. A bit noisey but to be expected."

Reviewed on 25 May 2021

Provenza Lofts
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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