Known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’ for its reliable sunshine, Medellín is a vibrant city with plenty of leafy plazas and cultural events.
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 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.
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Known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’ for its reliable sunshine and pleasantly warm climate, Medellín is a great destination any time of year. The temperate climate means bursts of rain can be expected during any month, though the most rain falls April - November and the least in December - February and July. Expect stable temperatures in the high 20°Cs. Visit in August to see the magnificent Feria de las Flores parades and decorations, where locals who cultivate flowers in the fertile mountains come together to show off their most impressive blooms and floral floats.View our Medellin weather guide
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