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Colombia: Medellin

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Medellín, long considered an edgy city to say the least - synonymous with the activities of its most famous resident, Pablo Escobar - has undergone a miraculous transformation.  

Now considered the engine of Colombia, it is bursting with enterprise, both commercial and artistic, with top quality gastronomy, music and enthusiastic partying also high on the agenda. There isn’t much to see here of the Spanish colonial heritage, as the drive towards modernisation has resulted in its replacement by glittering and innovative modern buildings and parks featuring sculptures and street art, free for all to observe and admire.

Medellín hosts many festivals and other social events, the most famous being the flower festival which takes place in August every year  (in 2018 it starts on 3 August) and features a parade of floral floats which must be the most colourful in Colombia.

On any walking tour, riding the cable cars, or en route to any one of many internationally renowned restaurants, you can feel the vibe of youthful optimism and pride which permeates the city.  It’s also a good base for visits to other attractions with good road and air links to many parts of the country, including the nearby coffee region, the Pacific beaches at Nuqui, and hikes in the surrounding hills.

Our holidays to Medellin

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Villa de Leyva

Chachalaca: Colombia’s Colonial and Coffee Culture

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14 days from £3,475pp

Rural Colombia

Undiscovered Colombia, Providencia and Panama City

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Things to do in Medellin

Silleteros, Medellin

Silletas: The world's most extravagant floral displays

Pedra de Penol

Piedra del Penol and Guatape

Boteros, Medellin

Discover Fernando Botero

Communa 13 Medellin

The transformation of Medellin

Our insider tips for Medellin


Jim Ashworth

Seek out the sculptures of Colombia's leading artist Fernando Botero in the Plaza de las Esculturas. He has donated 23 remarkable works to the display, as well as two fountains.  


Isabelle Mazille

Many of the best hotels, restaurants and nightlife are to be found around Parque Lleras,an upmarket neighbourhood in the south of the city known as Zona Rosa. 


Hannah Donaldson

We recommend you spend around 3-4 days based in Medellin, to explore the city but also to discover the surrounding highlights.

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