Colombia 101: The Breathtaking Art of Medellín

Today Medellín, Colombia can be definitely described as a place of transformation, evolution and quite possibly the next most innovative metropolis. In just two decades this beautiful city has managed to achieve major strides of growth in more ways than one. Medellín is already ranking high as one of the hottest places with a trend-setting restaurant scene (foodies rejoice), growing support for its independent designers on various categories, cultural festivals such as the amazing Flower Festival—and not to mention breath-taking street art.

In fact, the artistic expression of Medellín is so strong that the local authorities declared urban art a cultural landmark in Medellín according to Palenque tours of Colombia.

WGSN got the opportunity to visit Medellín recently and here we highlight some of our most favourite colourful graffiti, murals, art masterpieces in the streets.

Barrio Buenos Aires: The newest light rail transit system in Medellín will take you all the way up to Barrio Buenos Aires, where you can walk your way down the street and immerse yourself in beautiful graffiti art on buildings, businesses and murals.


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El Poblado: a favoured area for tourists and visitors, this upscale neighbourhood is home to fashionable boutiques, shopping malls, upscale apartments, hotels, and areas filled with fantastic graffiti art.

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Barrio Provenza: one of the hippest must-see areas when you visit Medellín, you’ll find beautiful restaurants, fantastic fashions, and of course, plenty of street art.28 DSC_0111 DSC_0114


Contenedores Food Place: this popular dining place is filled with colour, art, and delicious restaurant options.


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Medellín Graffiti Tour: The most talked about graffiti tour today is the Medellín Graffiti Tour which takes you through Comuna 13—an area formerly known as one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in Medellín . Today the drastically improved area is known to be one of the prime examples of how urban regeneration is transforming and revitalizing the beautiful city of Medellín.


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