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 (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.
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Chachalaca: Colombia’s Colonial and Coffee Culture
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Things to do
We proudly offer the widest range of activities, excursions and one-of-a-kind experiences across all our destinations, tried and tested personally by our travel experts.
Discover Fernando Botero
Piedra del Penol and Guatape
Silletas: The world’s most extravagant floral displays
The transformation of Medellin
Where to go when - our guide to Medellin
The weather in Medellin is wide and varied
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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Evie Oswald - Travel Consultant
It’s hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.
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Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia.
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Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.
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