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Calendar of events in Medellin

The first tip to planning a trip is to be equipped with a calendar list of events in the city or country you are visiting. Whether you’re a local, new to the town or just touring, there are loads of events in Medellin, packed year-round to keep you occupied and give you a true taste of the city! Just in case you didn’t know already, Colombia is a country known for its fervent celebration with the highest number of public holidays; how will Medellin be any less? Here’s the calendar for festivals and holidays in Medellin, to help you plan your vacation.
If you are going to stay around longer, don’t forget to check the Colombia festivals and other events in Colombia. They are worth visiting and will leave you with memories for a lifetime to cherish.

Friday, January 1: New Year
Monday, January 11: Three Kings Day
Monday, March 22: St. Joseph’s Day
Thursday, April 1: Holy Thursday
Friday, April 2: Good Friday
Saturday, May 1st: Labour Day
Monday, May 17: Ascension Day
Monday, June 7: Corpus Christi
Monday, June 14: Sacred heart
Monday, July 5: Saint Peter and Saint Paul
Tuesday, July 20: Independence Day
Saturday, August 7: Boyaca’s battle
Monday, August 16: The Assumption of the Virgin
Monday, October 18: Columbus Day
Monday, November 1: All Souls’ Day
Monday, November 15: Independence of Cartagena
Wednesday, December 8: Immaculate Conception’s Day
Saturday, December 25: Christmas

Our favorite restaurants in Medellin

Attachment and attraction to a city go beyond just the place. It’s the people, the experience and of course, the cuisine, an exquisite way to your heart. You might have started your journey with an endless list of things to do in Medellin, but once you reach your destination, you know there’s always recourse to something better waiting for you. If you are a foodie, then this city will carve a place in your hearts, forever. It’s a gastronomic paradise, serving authentic Colombian cuisine and every other famous, comfortable cuisine to make you feel at home. Here is a curated list of our favourite restaurants, verified by our chefs at Haven, who promise you that the food here will satisfy your taste buds!

Name of the Restaurant Address Location
Restaurante la Provincia Cra. 42 # 3 South 81 View Location
ElCielo (Medellín) Cra. 40 # 10A 22 View Location
Pezetarian Medellin Cra. 35 # 8A-19 View Location
La Pampa Parrilla Argentina Cra. 33 # 8A-11 View Location
kabuki – Provenza – TV. 39, Second Laureles Park View Location
Restaurante Frutos del Mar Cra. 43b # 11 51 View Location
Toscano Trattoria Cl. 8a # 34-20 View Location
Bárbaro Cocina Carrera 76 # 73b-39 View Location
Cambria Cra. 43e # 12-16 View Location
Tabún Cra. 33 # 7-99 View Location
Mercado del Río Cl. 24 # 48-28 View Location
La Causa Poblado Cra. 33 # 8A – 41 View Location
Cavieli Ristorante -Pizzeria Dg. 75B # 2A 120 View Location
Rocoto Cra. 33 # 8a-14 View Location
Ammazza Gin Garden Carrera 76 # 73b-39 Floor 1 View Location
Restaurante Puro Perú Cl. 10 # 32 22 View Location
Restaurante Brutal Cra. 42 # 5 sur 14 View Location
Restaurante Hatoviejo Palmas Calle 16 # 28-60 View Location
Restaurante Mondongo’s Poblado Cl. 10 # 38-38 View Location
La Rue Bistro Bar Cra. 32d # 9-6 View Location
San Carbón Calle 14 # 30 – 10 View Location
Restaurante Marmoleo Cr 11 # 9a-35 View Location
Restaurante Mistura Laureles Av. 39d # 74 – 62 View Location
Carmen Cra. 36 # 10a-27 View Location
Angus Brangus Parrilla Bar Carrera 42 # 34-15 View Location
Restaurante Piqueo Cra. 32 # 6 South – 191 View Location
Asados la 80 Cl. 81 # 30 – 27 View Location
Lezzet Cocina Turca Cra. 34 # 7-29 View Location
La Matriarca Cl. 8 # 43b-62 View Location
Sushi Gama Calle 11a # 43f-5 View Location

International airlines that fly to Medellin

Planning your visit to the city of Eternal Spring? Chart out your safe travel with the following flights to Medellin. Medellin is well-connected and provides you with easy options to travel to other Colombian cities to your heart’s delight! Here is the list of national and international flights to Colombia, which will help you reach our beautiful home. Our luxury hotel is just 1.9 miles from the Olaya Herrera airport. We offer 24*7 concierge services and drop to the airport to make your travelling easier. Don’t forget to check in with us!

AVIANCA AIRLINES Tel +57 180 0095 3434/4 562 2904
LATAM AIRLINES Tel +57 180 0094 9490/350 554 9771
AIRLINES CUP Tel +57 180 0011 2600
IBERIA AIRLINES Tel +57 1 508 7515
AMERICAN AIRLINES Tel +57 180 0052 2555/4 562 4200
AEROMEXICO Tel +57 180 0952 0533/4 605 1780
AIR EUROPE Tel +57 180 0518 4740
AVIOR AIRLINES Tel +57 4 261 0954
INTERJET Tel +57 180 0952 0704
JETBLUE Tel +57 180 0915 6761/350 873 3642
SPIRIT AIRLINES Tel +57 4 250 5152/557 0041
VIVA AIR Tel +57 190 0555 8989/4 604 4900
WINGO Tel +57 180 0011 1115/1 307 8133
EASY FLY Tel +57 4 604 1290
SATEN Tel +57 4 444 7700
REGIONAL EXPRESS Tel +57 180 0095 3434/4 562 2904

What's happening in Medellin year round?

Medellin is in a celebratory mood, all year round! Here is a list of the famous festivals and carnivals in the city to help you make the most of your visit! Are you having the fear of missing out on the best without a planned itinerary? We have got your back! Let us customize your tour and also take care of your travel with our expert travel planners on board.

Colombiatex January
International Tango Festival June
Fashion Colombia July
The Tamarind Festival July
Flower Fair August
Humor Festival September
International Horse Fair and Show September
International Jazz Festival September
Dance, Myths and Legends Parade December
Devils Party December

Things to do in Medellin

We have got the city in our fingertips and now at yours! There are a myriad of things to do in Medellin, Colombia. Embrace your inner travel bug with a quick map of things to do, places to visit, restaurants to eat; all this and more not far away from your luxurious cocoon at Haven Hotels.

Museum of Antioquia
Arvi Park
Explora Park
Botero Square – Medellin, Antioquia
Medellin Botanical Garden
Pueblito Paisa
Bolivar Park
Barefoot Park
El Castillo Museum
Museum of Modern Art of Medellín
Lleras Park
Cerro Nutibara Pueblito Paisa
Metropolitan Basilica Cathedral of Medellín
Berrío Park
Conservation Park
Medellin North Park
House of Memory Museum
Cerro El Volador Natural Park
EPM Water Museum
Medellin River Parks
Rafael Uribe Uribe Palace of Culture
Spain Santo Domingo Savio Library Park
Piedras Blancas Ecological Park
Medellín Planetarium Jesús Emilio Ramírez
Juan Pablo II Airport
El Salado Ecological Park
Arví Station Metro
Retail Square José María Villa
San Pedro Museum Cemetery
Envigado Main Park
Commune 13 tour. Graffitour
Telemedellín – Gabriel García Márquez Park Channel
San Antonio Park
Hill of the Three Crosses
Chorro de Las Campanas
Medellin Aquarium
Orquideorama Botanical Garden
La Romera Ecological Park
Otraparte House Museum
Fly Colombia City Tour
Guarne Lagoon
Cerro Verde viewpoint
BiciTour Medellin
Ethnographic Museum Madre Laura
Circunvalar Garden – Green Belt
City Museum
Museum of Geosciences Mineralogy
Monument to the Race

Take the cable car to Parque Arvi:

Set around Lake Guarne, Parque Arvi sits high in the hills on the outskirts of Medellín. As the city has grown and the metro system has expanded to serve it, the Parque has become easier and cheaper to get to. Simply take Line ‘L’ to Santo Domingo and catch the metro cable from there. The view of the city is incredible from there.
The park is an ecological reserve and is absolutely gorgeous. You can explore the park via the various trails and experience some of Colombia’s extensive and rich biodiversity. It’s known for wild flowers and butterflies, and there are around 54 miles of trails to choose from. It’s possible to stay overnight either in campsites or hotels, and there are restaurants and a bus that will transport you around the enormous nature reserve.
Parque Arvi is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of Medellín, and is very popular with locals. It feels separate and peaceful, and a couple of degrees cooler than Medellín.

Explore the graffiti-covered walls of Comuna Trece:

Comuna Trece is a poor neighborhood in Medellín that experienced tremendous violence between the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrillas and the Colombian government around the turn of the 21st Century. The area was one of the most dangerous places on Earth during this period. Thousands of civilians were killed during the conflict, mainly by government forces, and buried in a mass grave that can be seen from the commune.
In an attempt to overcome the trauma of this period, the Commune has used the medium of modern art, primarily graffiti, to regenerate itself. The comuna is covered in fantastically colorful graffiti that tells the story of the area and its move towards peace.
Toucan tours organize a guided tour around the comuna, with translators and guides who still live in the area. The tour offers an insight into the conditions of the comuna, as well as the graffiti’s symbolism and the history of the area. Tour prices aren’t cheap, but a percentage of the money is ploughed back into the community.

Admire the sensual art of Fernando Botero:

There is no shortage of museums in Medellín, but the best is the Museum of Antioquia. It was founded by the government of Antioquia in 1882 as a center of education and knowledge in the city. It was the first museum established in the region of Antioquia and the second in the whole of Colombia.
The museum suffered from funding and staffing shortages in the early twentieth century, which led to its closure in the 1930s. It was re-opened to house artistic exhibitions in the 1940s and 1950s, but it was not until the 1970s with the help of donations from local artist and sculptor Fernando Botero that the museum began focussing specifically on art from the region, from pre-Columbian, Colonial and Republic times right up to modern times.
Not surprisingly, the museum has a large, permanent exhibition of Botero’s paintings and sculptures. Botero has his own artistic style, titled ‘Boterismo,’ where figures are painted shorter and fatter (or more ‘voluminous’ in Botero’s terms) in order to give them more ‘sensuality’.
The museum also has an interactive center for children where they dress up and pose with Botero’s painting of his son, Pedro, on a rocking horse. There’s also a collection of Botero’s statues in the square outside the museum.

Dance Salsa the Medellin way:

Medellín is a salsa town. Every thing moves to the 3-2 beat. And while you’ll find plenty of salsa clubs on Parque Lleras, Medellín’s equivalent of a ‘strip’ in European party resorts, it’s certainly worth venturing beyond those to find a more authentic and exciting experience.
Son Havana in the center is famous for its amazing live bands and friendly locals keen to teach you how to salsa properly. Cuchitril-Club in El Poblado, the safest and richest neighborhood in Medellín, is also worth checking out.
Whichever club you choose, you’re in for a treat. In Medellín, entry fees and drinks are cheap and you’ll be surrounded by people who can dance and want to share their love for salsa with you.

Get out of town:

Medellín is the capital of Antioquia, a region in the centre of Colombia that is home to Colombia’s major coffee and chocolate plantations and some gorgeous colonial towns. It is cheap and easy to visit these areas from Medellín, especially Santa Fe de Antioquia, the old colonial capital of the region.
When you arrive in Santa Fe, you’ll feel like you have been transported back in time by 200 years. The streets are cobbled and predominantly pedestrianised, and the market sells more traditional produce than tourist knick-knacks. The real joy here is wandering the streets and soaking up the characterful architecture.
Having said that, there are other sights you should see. The Museo de Juan Corral chronicles the history of the region, with a special focus on its independence from Spain in the early 19th century. And the Puente Occidente, a suspension bridge built around the same time of the Eiffel tower in 1887, was the longest bridge of its kind in South America when it was opened.
Buses to Santa Fe run roughly every hour from Medellín’s Terminal Norte.