Attractions in Medellin, Colombia: What to do and where to go
The city of Medellin offers plenty of cultural attractions along with numerous museums, parks, excellent restaurants and bars, and countless possibilities for business travelers as well as vacationers. It also hosts several national and international fairs and festivals that take place throughout the year. Medellin features an array of hotels for all budgets, just like any other modern metropolis. Many of these hotels cater to business travelers, providing a nice blend of well-appointed facilities for meetings, conventions, congresses, and seminars as well as for leisure and recreational activities. The Medellin Convention and Visitors Bureau has devised several tours that take you to see the city's historic landmarks, culture, local cuisine, religious artwork, churches dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries, parks, and shopping malls, as well as the beautiful surroundings that form the ideal backdrop for all sorts of activities and adventure tourism. Medellin has about 40 museums, 21 parks, 28 theaters, and approximately 60 casinos or gambling houses, of which we will only mention a few of the most noteworthy.
Museo de Antioquia
The Museo de Antioquia sits in a part of the city known as Berrio. It's considered the most important museum in Medellin and one of the most well-known in Colombia. Here, you can see an invaluable collection of paintings by Fernando Botero, the world-renowned Colombian painter who is originally from Medellin, as well as the work of other notable local and foreign artists.
Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin (MAMM)
Located in the Carlos E. Restrepo neighborhood, the MAMM features three exhibit rooms with over 233 works by master painter Debora Arango along with other locally and internationally known artists, together with an experimental hall, a movie theater, a gift shop and a restaurant.
Museo Casa Gardeliana
The Gardelian House Museum contains an array of personal objects belonging to Carlos Gardel, the most prominent figure in the history of tango music, as well as to other popular singers of that genre. It was created in honor of Gardel, who died tragically in an airplane crash in Medellin. From the time it was opened in 1973 up until today, it has stood as a symbol of the strong passion that Rosario locals feel for tango music.
Parque Regional Ecoturistico Arvi
This park is part of an ambitious project including thousands of acres of forest turned into a nature preserve, which will eventually join five parks into one. One large portion of the park has been listed as a National Heritage Site. This huge project includes land from several municipalities in Antioquia, such as Medellin, Envigado, Bello, and Copacabana. Among the park's highlights, you can find the remains of a pre-Columbian dwelling that includes hydraulic works, platforms, roads, gardens and irrigation canals. The creation of the park has not yet been fully completed. Access to the park will be through a cable car with a one of a kind user-friendly design.
This small square represents a modern icon for the city. It's a popular place among kids and adults, as well as locals and tourists alike, especially on weekends. It joins the Parque Lineal, also known as La Presidenta, and is an ideal spot for taking a stroll, relaxing, and enjoying quality leisure time. The area is also locally known as Lleras Town, and it features a variety of chic and cosmopolitan international restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and cafes.
Parque de los Pies Descalzos (Barefoot Park)
Located in the center of the city, this park is an oasis for relaxation and meditation, the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Inspired by Asian Zen philosophy, the park includes a small bamboo forest where people can literally kick off their shoes and walk barefoot on the ground.
Created with the purpose of teaching science, technology, and creativity, this incredible complex offers a hands-on experience with cutting edge science and technology. Learn more about the universe, the cosmos, and outer space, as well as nature, the human body, biology, ecology, and human creativity and ingenuity. The park is also home to the largest aquarium in South America.
The city of Medellin features modern convention halls suitable for world-class congresses and conventions, such as the Plaza Mayor Convention Center, which offers a great hall, function rooms, foyers and a spacious parking lot. El Palacio de Exposiciones de Medellin features different wings, a great hall for presentations, an open-air area for outdoor exhibits, a spacious conference room, a VIP hall, a food court, foyers, and a large parking lot.
Clinics and Hospitals
The city has numerous high-quality hospitals and clinics, such as San Vicente de Paul University Hospital, Pablo Tobon Uribe Hospital, Medellin General Hospital and Santa Maria Cardiovascular Clinic, among many others. These hospitals and clinics provide a variety of services, such as organ transplants, plastic surgery, and gastric bypass surgery, as well as ophthalmology and dentistry services.
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