Medellin Andean Capital of Antioquia in continous transformation
Once was a time, when Medellin was one of the worlds most dangerous cities, torn apart by Pablo Escobars drug cartel wars. Things have drastically changed since then and these days Medellin has undergone an impressing tranformation towards improvements in aspects.
2013 the city was awarded as the world's most innovative city by the non-profit Urban Land Institute. Medellin was evaluated among 200 cities based on various criteria including infrastructure, education and liveability and beat Tel Aviv and New York in the finales.
This city, embedded in the 60km long Aburra Valley is forming together with other 10 Municipalities the second larges city of Colombia with a population of 4 Million inhabitants. Despite of its size, Medellin holds still its provincial Character, its mainly populated by the proud Paisa people which are very eager to keep their costums alive.
For visitors Medellin has a lot to offer. Its the city of eternal spring and the city of flowers. Every August the flower festival is celebrated during a week and the highlight on the final day is the spectacular flower parade featured by hundreds of farmers from the eastern mountains of Santa Elena. They are competing for the most beautiful flower arrangements, which they carry for demonstration on their backs.
|382 km2 (147,5 sq mi)