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Discover The Flower Fair

The Flower Fair

A big field of flowers in Medellin

 

The Medellin Flower Fair is the biggest event of the city, and one of the most important of all Colombia. Enjoy the hospitality of its people and, for ten days, the color and perfume that dresses the city. This festival is a celebration of the antioquenean identity. Exploring Medellin in these days will directly immerse you in its cultural roots. 

From the 2nd to 11th of August you will find, alongside with streets full of flowers, but also, thousands of different shows, mosth of them free: street art, theatre, exhibitions, gastronomic routes, music and dance.

Silleteros’ Flower Parade is the main event and it supposes the closing of the fair. It is a parade of several kilometres along the city, in which hundreds of farmers carry flower arrangements in their back that form beautiful scenes, messages and portraits full of native values. 

  • Book your flight between the end of July and mid August and share the joy of the Fair!

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Fall in love with Medellín, the city in constant reinvention

Panorámica de la ciudad, Medellín

Medellín is the city of eternal spring, but not only for its flowers: here, innovation and development also blossom. Medellín is one of the most attractive investment destinations in Latin America, according to the FDI Intelligence division of the Financial Times. Furthermore, in 2017 it was considered a 'Global Innovation Hub' by the 2ThinkNow Index.

Around 170 companies from approximately 25 countries have come to its so-called "Innovation District", and six of the 100 most prosperous 'multilatina' companies have been born in Medellín.

Parque de las luces Medellín

Every year, between July and August, the Flower Fair (Feria de las Flores) displays the culture of the Paisas—as the people from this region of the country are called—with a parade of Silleteros. At the Fair, the Antioquian peasants travel about 2 kilometers carrying their colorful saddles (large structures covered with flowers that are worn on the back).

Fotografía, desfile en Medellín

Color is also a protagonist at important textile fairs such as Colombiamoda and Colombiatex de las Américas. This confirms the city's historical role as the epicenter of the local design industry. About 19,000 attendees are brought together during Fashion Week.

Vista de acuario en Medellín

In the field of architecture, the Orquideorama at the Botanical Garden and the Explora Park were projects selected by the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York in a past edition of its art biennial. Indeed, the garden is a space to celebrate life and color; a place where the orchid—Colombia's national flower—grows and where creativity and words are also harvested, since each year it hosts the Festival del Libro y la Cultura, a book festival with about a hundred editorial presentations.

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A Bike Ride Around the City

Medellin transforms its public space to create a more inclusive and hospitable city through green corridors where you can ride a bicycle along its 45 kilometers of bike paths. According to the Government of Medellin, 50 thousand people used this means of transportation in 2017. By 2019, 100 thousand are expected to use it. Here are some locations to explore by bike.

Cerro Nutibara and Pueblito Paisa

Vista diurna de Pueblito Paisa en Medellín

Rising 80 meters above the city, the imposing mountain is considered a 'Holy Grail' by cyclists. Here, the endurance test is to ride 1.25 kilometers uphill.

On Sundays, it connects with the city's ciclovía (streets adapted for the enjoyment of bicycle users) through the southern highway. The 'Pueblito' is a replica of the region’s traditional populations during the first decades of the 20th century. It includes a central square, a canteen, a barbershop, handicraft stalls and typical sweets.

Pies Descalzos Park

The main rule of the park is simple: take off your shoes to explore its sand, stone and water paths. A public space in the middle of the administrative area of La Alpujarra that invites visitors to connect with Antioquia's soil through their own bodies.

Parque de las Luces

Vista diurna del Parque de las luces en Medellín

You can either ask for Parque de las Luces or for Plaza de Cisneros, since both names correspond to the same place: a small square in front of the Medellin City Hall and the old railway station of Cisneros.

Its allure lies in the 324-meter high lamp posts that embellish the nights, and in the bamboo gardens that are mixed with water sources. Its truly a forest within the city. The station, located next to the park, was an icon of the Antioquia Railroad’s development.

Explora Park

Vista panorámica diurna del parque explora

A museum that promotes science and innovation through more than 300 interactive experiences. There are biology, physics and mathematics exhibitions, as well as a planetarium and an aquarium. Simply by crossing the street you can also access the Botanical Garden and the University of Antioquia.

Route Through Medellín's Library Parks

These nine urban complexes devoted to recreation and knowledge began to be built in 2006. They surround the city from its slopes and have a large offer of cultural activities.

Presbítero José Luis Arroyave - San Javier Library Park 

In 2006, Comuna 13 (located in the west of the city) became the first zone to have a Library Park. In this same sector you can take a graffiti tour: a historical and aesthetic walk that reveals the life stories of the community.

León de Greiff - La Ladera Library Park

Panorámica diurna parque biblioteca  en Medellín

It is not only is it a space for the transmission of knowledge and the location of constant artistic samples, but it also allows visitors to observe Medellin almost in its entirety.

Belén Library Park

Panorámica al interior de una biblioteca  en Medellín

Its construction was in charge of Japanese architect Hiroshi Naito, and the complex seeks to emulate the peace and tranquility of the Zen philosophy with its buildings, its water mirror and its gardens. This Library Park is known for its Japanese culture festival Hana Matsuri and for its oriental literature room.

Tomas Carrasquilla La Quintana Library Park

Before 2008 not many people knew the western slopes of the city. This changed when the architect Ricardo La Rotta Caballero built the park that bears the name of one of the most representative writers from Medellín: Tomás Carrasquilla. For this, he received an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Colombian Architecture Biennial.

Three Cultural Beacons of Medellín

Matacandelas Theater

Vista interna de Mata Candelas en Medellín

This theater, which first opened in 1979, and its theatrical company have been witnesses of the city's evolution for the past four decades. With 53 productions (12 of them puppet theater shows), and its most famous works, O marinheiro and Angelitos empantanados, the place has become an emblem of dramaturgy. This initiative 'made in Medellin' is also a stage to enjoy live music.

Tip: if you visit Matacandelas Theater by bicycle, tickets have a special price of 9,000 COP. The normal rate is 20,000 COP.

Pedro Nel Gómez House Museum

Vista interna de museo Pedronel Gomez en Medellín

Murals by Pedro Nel Gómez are scattered throughout the walls of Medellin. You can follow his footsteps at University of Antioquia, Piloto Public Library, Berrio Park, among other places. However, the largest exhibition is located in what used to be his home in the Aranjuez neighborhood. There, the muralist's personal archive, his drafts and more than three thousand of his works are preserved. To visit this space is to peek into the most intimate aspects of his life and production. You can visit from Monday to Saturday, from nine in the morning until five in the afternoon.

Medellín's Museum of Modern Art (MAMM)

Vista de mamm en Medellín

Located in a building that used to be a steel and metal foundry factory, for forty years the MAMM has discussed the topics of the body and the city as political subjects represented by photography, video, painting, music, dance and technology. Its seven halls display art as an extrasensory experience and a matter of feelings, rather than a product of intellect.

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Restaurants

Paisa Flavors at any Time of the Day

A gastronomic journey in which each moment of the day becomes an opportunity to taste Medellin's gastronomic diversity.

Breakfast at Salón Versalles

Founded 57 years ago in the center of Medellin, this restaurant's offer from a continental breakfast (orange juice, coffee with milk, bagels, jam and butter), to a steak 'a caballo' (meat cut with two fried eggs on top). Here, trying the buñuelo (fried corn dough) with chocolate is definitely a must.

Morning snack at Salón de Té Astor

Vista interna del Salon Teastor en Medellín

Mid-morning is "parva" time, which is how the people of Medellín call a snack between main meals. At the Astor you can try "parvas" like 'alfajores de arequipe' while you hear anecdotes from the Nadaists, a literary group from the 60s.

Lunch at Cazuelita’s

Restaurante Cazuelitas en Medellín

One of Medellin’s most traditional dishes is the mondongo soup. Its main ingredient is one of the cow's stomachs (also known as tripe) and is considered a local delicacy. At Cazuelita’s you can try a typical Antioquian lunch, either the iconic mondongo soup or a bean casserole.

“Onces” at Urbania Café

Vista de lugar Urbania café en Medellín

Afternoons in Medellin are accompanied by a cup of Colombian coffee. In this place you can have a 'tinto' (espresso) while you learn about the coffee industry and its processes.

Dinner at Boutique de la Buena Mesa

Vista del restaurante La Boutique en Medellín

At the end of the day, visiting this restaurant in the heart of El Poblado neighborhood on Medellin's Golden Mile is a good choice. The Boutique is famous for its hand-made French cheeses accompanied by a range of wines from the south of France, as well as its supply of charcuterie, foie gras and duck confit.

Typical dishes

Bandeja paisa

Bandeja paisa, plato típico de Medellín

Beans, white rice, ground beef, fried pork, fried egg, patacón, chorizo, arepa paisa (made from ground corn), hogao (chopped tomatoes, chopped onion, oil and salt) and black pudding (rice and pork sausage cooked with coagulated blood).

Mondongo

A soup prepared with beef tripe, meat and pork rib, chorizo, creole potato, yuca and vegetables.

A chef

Juan Manuel Barrientos

This chef, entrepreneur and peace leader born in Medellín is the creator and founder of the restaurant chain El Cielo. Barrientos is only 35 years old and has already been selected as one of the 50 best chefs in the region for three consecutive years, according to the 50 Best Latin America list. This 'paisa' has managed to revolutionize traditional cuisine with culinary innovations based on the ancestral roots of Colombian cuisine.

A Recipe

Mazamorra

Comida típica, mazamorra en Medellín

Antioquian mazamorra is considered a traditional Colombian dessert, although in other regions of the country its salty variety is preferred.

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Airport

José María Córdova International Airport, in the municipality of Rionegro, one hour from the city center.

Language

Spanish.

Currency

Colombian Peso (COP).

Average temperature

22 °C (71 °F)

Transport

Metro: monday to Saturday: 4:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday: 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 2,400 COP (0.75 USD) per ticket. Taxis: minimum rate: 5,400 COP (1.70 USD).

Hotel

3-star hotel: 120,000 COP (37.52 USD) per person. 5-star hotel: 300,000 COP (93.80 USD) per person.