Destination guide: Medellin, Colombia
Medellin is among the largest cities in Colombia. It is also known for being one of the most hospitable and inviting cities in all of Colombia. Medellin is a city of excitement and festivals, events that engage everyone regardless of nationality.
Medellin hosts festivals celebrating dance, music, flowers, poetry, laughter, myths, and more. Tourists visit Medellin to experience the museums, which include the world famous Museum of Antioquia alongside modern art museums and many others.
Quickly becoming the third most popular city with tourists in Colombia (after Cartagena and Bogota), Medellín packs the punch of a city twice its size. Situated in a narrow valley, the city’s skyline reaches for the heavens, setting high-rise apartment and office buildings against a backdrop of jagged peaks in every direction. Its pleasant climate gives the city its nickname – the City of Eternal Spring – and the moderate temperatures put a spring in the locals’ step, at work and at play.
It’s a bustling city of industry and commerce, especially textile manufacturing and exported cut flowers. On the weekends Medellin lets its hair down, and the city’s many discos attract the beautiful people.
True to its paísa roots, Medellin puts on metropolitan airs – the traffic officers wear Italian-style round boxy hats, many discos prefer techno to salsa or vallenato, and the city looks overseas for inspiration for its next great public works project. The popularity of mullet haircuts among the young male inhabitants, however, reveals the city’s true nature – an ambitious country town whose ambition masks a great anxiety about its place in the world.
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