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Things to do in Medellin

Medellin is recognized as one of the most progressive cities in Colombia

Medellin, a valley city surrounded by picturesque mountain ranges, is a very progressive city in Colombia. From one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Medellin has transformed into an innovative economic and cultural hub that attracts thousands of tourists each year. Today, Medellin is a city with modern architecture, colorful festivals, and a bustling nightlife scene. There are a lot of fabulous attractions and things to do in Medellin for the young and the young at heart. It is a fabulous place to spend your holiday. If you are looking for a tourist destination that is child-friendly, this city should be in your list of places to visit. Travelers going to Colombia will surely love the variety of activities that are available in Medellin, such as paragliding, going on museum tours, visiting theme parks, joining festivals, and enjoying the city’s nightlife.

 

Things to do in Medellin

 

Architectural sights

Because of the continuous renovation and transformation of the city, different architectural marvels can be found in Medellin. Architecture in the city is diverse, from the Eclectic-Romanesque style of the Metropolitan Cathedral to the ingenious stone-like structures of Biblioteca Parque España to the modern architectural works at the newer campus of the University of Antioquia.

 

The Botanical Garden

The Botanical Gardens of Medellin is definitely a nature lover’s paradise, with its assortment of orchids and tropical plants and trees. It also serves as the venue of the Medellin Flower Festival and Orchids Exhibit which is held annually in August.

 

 

 

Nightlife

Although this city is child-friendly, it still has some great attractions for adults such as its hip nightlife scene. There are tons of pubs, bars and clubs that you can choose from, so dance your night away in Medellin! Because of the huge student population in Medellin, the nightlife scene in the city is very active. Parque Lleras, located in upscale El Poblado district, is the main nightlife center in the city, although you can also find a variety of clubs and bars throughout Medellin.

 

Museo De Antioquia

Drop by the Museo De Antioquia for a look at antique collections, and then visit the Museo Interactivo Science Museum with your kids to explore and discover Medellin’s prehistoric past. After that, you can visit the Parque Explora to spend a day with amazing sea creatures.

 

Paragliding

If you love extreme adventures, try paragliding during your trip. You can catch a fantastic view of the entire city from high above while enjoying the light breeze.

 

When to go to Medellin

Medellin experiences a tropical rainforest climate bordering on tropical monsoon and subtropical highland climates. Even though the city lies near the equator, its high altitude mitigates the heat and gives the city a slightly cool climate all year round. Average temperatures vary little throughout the year and stay constant at 15 to 30 °C (59 to 86 °F), with plenty of rain every month.

If you want to have the best paragliding experience in Medellin, plan your holiday around December to February. It is the city’s summer season and chances of rain are lower compared to the rest of the year.

 

Flower Festival

Of course, do not forget the fragrant and colorful Flower Festival in August because it features one of the best orchids exhibit in the world.

Medellin Facts

Population2 499 080
CountryColombia
LanguageSpanish
CurrencyColumbian Peso
Longitude-75.590556
Latitude6.230833
AirportJose Maria Cordova, Colombia (MDE)

Medellin average temperatures

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OPERA

Medellín Opera House

Medellín Metropolitan Theatre

The Medellín Metropolitan Theatre came to be after the need for a bigger and better arena for opera started to grow in Medellin in 1987. Located in downtown Medellin in the commercial district, this grand brick clad opera house is the perfect place to retreat to when you are in need of a culture boost. On their website you can see their full schedule, so make your way there and have a look what they have to offer!

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