Founded in 1616 by Spanish conqueror Francisco Herrera y Campuzano, Medellín is Colombia’s second-largest and arguably most progressive city, renowned for its numerous plazas and colourful parks. A city made infamous by the exploits of Pablo Escobar, Medellín has left the dark days well behind and invested hugely in redevelopment and making the city a centre of culture. The region is known for its flowers and the annual Feria de las Flores (Festival of Flowers), celebrated in the first week of August, is particularly impressive.
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Park 10City hotel - El Poblado district, MedellínA modern and elegant business hotel in the residential district of El Poblado. The hotel has two restaurants and there are a number of good bars and restaurants a short walk away. The hotel also has a spa.
Patio del MundoCity hotel - El Poblado district, MedellínA delightful boutique hotel in the heart of El Poblado district in Medellín. The building is a restored villa that its French owners have turned into a true oasis in a bustling city.