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Do you think you know all about Medellin? Forget everything you have ever heard of Medellin’s past! Antioquia’s capital has been famous as the seat of notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar, but these times are long gone; Medellin now is considered to be one of the safest cities in Latin America! Travellers searching for cheap air tickets to Medellin are stunned by the beauty, culture, character and quality of this marvellous travel destination. With a climate so pleasant that Medellin is often called “The city of eternal spring” and breathtaking scenery everywhere you look, Medellin is surrounded by the Andean mountaintops, lush national parks and pristine jungles, available for hiking, trekking, climbing and exploration. Within the city, museums, galleries, nightlife hotspots and endless possibilities await you, to prove to you that Medellin is the place to be!
Medellin, with a population of 2,000,000, is the second largest city in Colombia. Holding a strategic location in an Andean valley 1,500 metres above sea level, this is the capital of the Colombian department of Antioquia. And while not as elegant as Bogota or as cosmopolitan as Cartagena, Medellin has a charm of its own, that never fails to impress and captivate visitors.
In 2013, Medellin was named the “Innovative City of the Year”, beating components-giants like New York and Tel Aviv!
Modern Medellin is considered as one of Latin America’s safest cities and a favourite travel destination. Offering fascinating experiences, fully-organised and ready to welcome hundreds of visitors annually, Medellin will leave you speechless. But what is more interesting about the city, is the people; we bet you have never met a friendlier, open-minded, extra-welcoming nation than the Colombians!
The airport of Medellin (Aeropuerto Internacional José María Córdova) is located 36 kilometres southeast of the city centre and is accessible by bus services.
Getting around Medellin
You can get around Medellin by bus and metro (the only metro line in Colombia), while cable cars will transfer you from and to the comunas. Fares start from 1,300 COP and minimum taxi fare costs 3,900 COP.
Medellin is, above all, a green city, a fact you’ll immediately realise once you set foot on the city and see its lush squares and parks. The perfect place for you to begin your tour is the Parque Bolívar, the most popular park of Medellin. The park was named after Simón Bolívar, military leader and liberator from the Spanish rule and was inaugurated in 1892.
Highlight of the park is the Metropolitan Cathedral of Medellin (Catedral Metropolitana), built in 1931 and designated as a National Monument of Colombia.
Featuring distinctive Romanesque style, the Cathedral of Medellin was made of 1,200,000 bricks, solidified, as legends say, with bulls’ blood!
Continue to the Parque Berrio, located at the heart of Medellin, a focal point and social hotspot for locals and visitors. Sights not to be missed on the Parque Berrio include the following:
- The Antioquia Museum (Museo de Antioquia) is housed in the elegant Palacio Municipal and is the second oldest museum in Colombia – following the National Museum of Bogota – and one of the most notable museums in the country. Collections include works of pre-Columbian, colonial and contemporary art, centred on the extraordinary sculpture collection of Fernando Botero, Medellin’s proud son and one of the most important sculptors in the world.
- On the other side of the square, the Rafael Uribe Uribe Palace of Culture (Palacio de la Cultura Rafael Uribe Uribe), a restored public neoclassical building, frequently hosts art exhibitions, cultural performances and concerts.
- The Basilica of Our Lady of Candelaria (Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria) is the second most significant church in Medellin and the oldest in the city. Built in 1770 in a neoclassical style, the basilica is famous for its monumental pipe organ that was, in fact, brought to city from Germany by boat!
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the Botanical Gardens of Medellin (Jardín Botánico). Holding an idyllic location among lakes, fountains and iconic trails, the gardens were founded in 1978 and today they feature over 600 species of plants, trees and herbs.
Highlight of the garden is the Orquideorama, an impressive wood-and-metal installation that has no rival. Designed and constructed to look like a bouquet of flowers, the installation consists of 14 stems that each results in six “petals”. The flowers are interconnected in a honeycomb motif, forming a shady canopy fifty feet high.
The Orquideorama serves many purposes, varying from conference halls, butterfly reserves and gardens; this is where you can find the great annual orchid exhibition.
If you think you haven’t got enough of Medellin’s natural wealth, ride the cable car to the Parque Arví, at the eastern side of the Medellin valley. A vast pristine area of wild nature, ideal for hiking, exploring and enjoying nature await you there!
The official language of Medellin is Spanish.
To enter Medellin, you need to have a passport, valid up until 6 months after your travel dates. Greek citizens do not need a Visa, for a maximum stay of 90 days.
When to Go
Medellin’s climate is tropical, but due to the high altitude of the city (1,500 metres) and its position in relation to the Andes, Medellin features a somewhat different variation of the typical tropical climate.
Temperatures tend not to reach extremes, staying at 15-30ο C levels all year round and there is not a clear transition point from the wet to the dry season. It’s good to know though, that Medellin sees the largest percentage of rainfall around the period of March - May and September – November.