The charm of Medellín

Medellín, one of the best cities that Colombia offers, known as the city of eternal spring, due to its demographic location, is the second most populated city followed by Bogotá.

Considered a quiet place with perfect temperature and an enviable cultural offer.

-Medellín is one of the most inhabited capitals of Colombia in all of South America, rising in recent years to the 4 thousand inhabitants that its enormous valley houses.

-In its streets you can see more than 400 standing sculptures, without a doubt it is like enjoying an open-air museum.

-The first name that this city received was that of San Lorenzo de Aburrá on March 2, 1616, by the lawyer of the Council of King Felipe III.

-The view at Christmas is a show of lights, at this time the streets are lit with more than 30 million LED bulbs in such a way that they represent images or colored illustrations of this unique holiday to visit.

-The Medellín Metro has been recognized as one of the best public transport systems in the world, both for its operation and for the culture of its users.

Medellín in its beginnings.

This city, like most of South America, was conquered by Spanish settlers, ruling in its principles with tribes of hunters and gatherers, over the years the Spanish rule caused them to disappear little by little.

In the following years, after several resistance from the settlers towards the Spanish conquerors, they managed to obtain a better quality of life, dictating the right to improve their services for their habitat and food, this small city grew slowly and gradually due to the lack of constructions for its development, bridges for the most part. It was not until 1846 that the president at that time managed to build the first bridge over a river that would serve to expand his trade.

Currently Medellín is one of the first metropolitan cities in Colombia, in which cultural and artistic events proliferate, recognized for its mass transportation system.

Culture and Traditions in Medellín.

  • Medellín is known for its multiple festivals where many tourists carry out activities and are part of the parades, the most famous being the Flower Festival is representative of the city and recently this parade was declared by the Ministry of Culture as intangible heritage of the nation .
  • The main cultural centers of the city are the Museum of Antioquia, which houses collections from pre-Columbian pieces to contemporary works of art, and the Plaza Botero.
  • 'Zona Fucsia', one of the main avenues of the city that houses several of the important historical places to visit in Medellín, from pre-Columbian houses full of collections and where you can carry out activities to the Palace of Fine Arts.
  • Medellín is also known for having one of the first mass transports that was built in Colombia, the best known is the Metrocable, which became a permanent mass transport.
  • Many of its squares have been named as the cultural heritage of the nation either for having historical buildings or their architectural value.

Medellín and its Surroundings.

Botero Square or Sculpture Park

The artist Fernando Botero is a native of Medellín. Here we can find a large collection of sculptures that are exposed to the air, near it you can see the Museum of Antioquia and the Palace of Culture. Botero's art is spread over the 7.500 square meters of this square, one of the must-see places in Medellín.

The flower festival

In August this city dazzles with the traditional Flower Fair, this day is when all the joy and beauty that characterizes this city come together to give a great show. The most characteristic thing is the Silleteros Parade, in which peasant artisans carry huge and colorful flower arrangements that can weigh 160 kilos for four hours.

The paisa village

It is located on the hill of Nutibara, it is considered a replica of an Antioquia town from the early twentieth century, you can enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the city, a handful of very colorful houses and some shops.

 

The Metropolitan Cathedral and Bolívar Park

The Metropolitan Cathedral is located in Parque Bolívar, one of the most lively places in the city and where the Lido Theater and the statue of Simón Bolívar are also located.

Medellín Botanical Garden

It is a place full of life for people who want to connect with nature and learn a little about the biodiversity of Medellín, in a space of 13,2 hectares full of living collections of plants.

The viewpoint of Las Palmas

A spectacular place to see in Medellín to watch the sunset and enjoy the show with privileged views of the entire city.