Medellín is one of the most visually impressive modern cities in Colombia. Its pleasant climate results from temperatures which average around 22ºC all year and explains why Medellín is called The City of Eternal Spring.
Surrounded by mountains, Medellín and the region of Antioquia, of which Medellin is the capital, has developed a particular culture, characterised by the vigour and ‘Paisa’ industriousness found in many towns and throughout the coffee region, where during the 19th century one of the largest population movements in the history of Colombia occurred, know as the Antioquian Colonisation.
After a dramatic turnaround that has spanned three decades, Medellín is now a role model for other cities, all the more remarkable considering how badly it was affected by cartel violence during the 80s and 90s. Nowadays, Medellín is a forward-thinking urban centre. Various vanguard initiatives to connect the richest and poorest parts have resulted in what is sometimes referred to as the ‘World’s Most Innovative City’ in 2013. Transport, urban renovation and social inclusion are all areas where Medellin has excelled, nowhere more evident than it its excellent metro system, regarded as one of the best in the world.
Each year Medellin celebrates what is without doubt one of the most beautiful festivals in the country – the Flower Festival. Silleteros walk through the night to the city from nearby towns and carry on their backs stunning flower arrangements which vie to be the most colourful and imaginative of the occasion.