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La Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera

With the population of more than 3,5 people, referred to as Paisas, Medellín is the second largest city in Colombia, and the capital of Antioquia. Due to its pleasant spring-like climate year round the city is known as La Ciudad de la Enterna Primavera (City of the Eternal Spring).

Medellín used to be synonymous with Colombia's drug wars and was also a hub for guerrilla activity. In the 1980s the city was under the violent control of Pablo Escobar, Colombia's most deadly cocaine baron. At that time Medellín was one of the most murderous cities on the planet. After seeing the films Rosario Tijeras and La Virgen de los Sicarios it's hard to believe that this was reallity in Medellín only 20 years ago. However, the city's security situation has undergone a dramatic improvement in recent years.

Today it is one of the safest metropolies in Latin America. Medellín is a modern city of significant elegance, with luxurious restaurants, stylish bars and cafés, boutiques and galleries. This is where Colombian figurative artist Fernando Botero was born. He is famous for 'fat' figures and you'll find many of his sculptures in the city. Medellín is the only Colombian city with the metro.

It is also known for its noteworthy festivals and events, such as International Poetry Festival, International Jazz Festival, International Tango Festival, the Flower Parade and of course its Los Alumbrados, Christmas Lights Display, which year after year holds residents and visitors alike in awe with its designs and colourful light shows.

  • Last visit to Medellín: Dec 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Paris92's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Phenomenal pages!!! You really deserved your Barney nomination!!!

  • picek's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2010 at 1:44 AM

    Enkratno - izgleda vabljivo, da bi se kar usedla v enem od parkov k ljudem. Mesto kot da poka od življenja, pa nemirnih duhov... in mnogih barv. Lepo ujete podobe v slikah in besedi, človeka kar premami tja. Sem ze navdusena :)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Yes, I must admit I have always associated Medellín with Colombia's drug wars and guerrilla activity. So I'm glad to hear it is safe now, and there is so much to do and see.

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    Liked the pandebono best of the local bread/pastries. Amazing the variety of arepas. Like the choco ones but still like the arepas con huevos best. Las Malvinas sounds very cool-LOVED lulos. Got me wishing I went, Mira.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    Great tips Mira that bring back many good memories! It looks like we went paragliding at the same place, but I landed at the same point where we started, guess the winds were different. Hostal Tamarindo sounds to be very nice!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    Oh wow!! I missed so much ages ago, should have done all your off path tips, especially Guatapè and this fantastic view! Ohh and these Christmas lights and the video... and the hostel! Wow, brave you, paragliding!!

  • Apr 12, 2010 at 11:30 PM

    this is a fantastic page mira. the city looks beautiful, i didnt know it had so much to offer. i was glad to take this virtual tour inbetween my moments of madness in the office :)

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2010 at 5:15 AM

    that looks really nice. i an australian friend of mine just send me an e-mail from medellin a couple of days ago and told me the place had very good nightlife.

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