Medellín is one of Colombia’s liveliest and most exciting cities, and is the perfect spot for a south American mini-break with a difference. Home to more than 2 and a half million residents, Medellín is now becoming more and more popular with visitors who come to check out its wonderful arts scene, learn about its history and admire the stunning views all around the valley the city sits within.
The City of the Eternal Spring
Medellín is known as ‘La Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera’ or ‘the city of the eternal spring’, thanks to its pleasant spring-like climate for much of the year. In winter the weather is mild and mostly dry, and in summer the temperatures aren’t too stifling, making Medellín a great destination at any time of year.
Try out the cable car
Medellín has a superb, clean and safe metro system that has been credited with much of the transformation of the city. Part of the metro system has integrated cable car routes, which stretch up the hills surrounding the city.
Pick any one of the cable car systems to ride and enjoy beautiful views of the valley below as you ascend high over densely populated hillside neighbourhoods.
Explore El Poblado
El Poblado is a trendy, upmarket residential area in the south of the city and is a great place to spend some time exploring. Within this neighbourhood there are independent shops and boutiques, cute cafes, plenty of restaurants and thriving nightlife. Visit El Poblado on a weekend night and you’ll find a mass of bars and clubs, perfect if you want to sample a little Colombian nightlife during your trip.
Take in some art
Medellín is certainly not a city that is short of art and culture. The Museo de Art Moderno is housed in a stylish repurposed steel factory and is the largest museum in Colombia, with permanent displays from some of Colombia’s best artists. The Museo de Antioquia is home to more traditional works of art, including oil paintings by Fernando Botero. More of Botero’s works can be seen in front of the Museo de Antioquia, where 23 large bronze sculptures that he created can be found on display.
Art galleries in Medellín that are worth visiting include Galeria de La Oficiana, Plecto, PorEstosDias, Taller7 and Lokkus Arte Contemporaneo.
Past and present
Medellín is a city with a turbulent and colourful history making it the city that it is today. Visit Museo de la Cuidad, a museum where you can find out all about the history of the city and view photographs of Medellín throughout the years.
Medellín is serviced by two nearby airports – Olaya Herrera Airport, which is just over a mile away from the city, and Jose Maria Cordova International Airport, which is 11 miles away. Let Chapman Freeborn organise your private jet charter to Medellín – contact us today for a personalised quote.