Founded in 1616, Medellín is the capital of the department of Antioquia in Colombia. Known as the “City of eternal spring” for its wonderful weather during most of the year. Also called affectionately, by tourists and residents, the “Capital of the Mountain”, because it stands proud over the Valley of Aburrá and its natural beauty makes it the “Bella Villa” or the “Tacita de Plata”.
Annually celebrates the traditional fair of the flowers with the emblematic Silleteros Parade, which hundreds of people come to see the laborious generational work of the peasants of the village of Santa Elena and the wide variety of flowers on their backs in colorful saddles full of flowers. His designs that go through beautiful landscapes, portraits, messages with civic and autochthonous values are own creations and unique for each version. With the saddles on their backs, the peasants make a monumental tour of the main streets of the City.
With the commitment of leaders and inhabitants, Medellín has gone from being a violent city to becoming a city with hope. Nowadays it is a vibrant destination for national and international travelers who are looking for a vacation full of culture where they can visit the Museum of Antioquia that offers a complete sample of the work of Fernando Botero, as well as his sculptures that decorate the Plaza Botero in the center of the city. On the other hand, you can visit the museums of Modern Art, House of Memory, El Castillo and its gardens or the Botanical Garden and its surroundings with the Explora Park, the Planetarium and the Park of Desires.
Also popular are trips through Medellin with thematic visits such as a tango or graffiti tour in Comuna 13, Cerro Nutibara, Plazoleta de Cisneros near Parque de las Luces, the Water Museum or travel in the modern Metrocable and the imposing Tram that connect the city with its integrated transport system and the surrounding neighborhoods that have spectacular viewpoints of the Valle del Aburrá.
Other information about the city of Medellín
The most recent survey on the global state of Smart Cities of Indra Systems catalogs Medellín as one of the best cities to live in South America, sharing the first place with Santiago de Chile. Medellín won the 2016 Lee Kuan Yew World City Award. The award seeks to recognize and celebrate efforts to foster innovation in urban solutions and sustainable urban development.
In 2013, it was chosen as the most innovative city in the world in the City of the Year contest, organized by The Wall Street Journal and Citigroup.