Destination guide

Meet Colombia's revitalized Medellin

A vibrant hillside city sprawled along the Aburra Valley floor, Medellin has long since shaken off the reputation afforded to it by the notorious antics of Pablo Escobar. Modern travelers arrive to find a prosperous metropolis with wide, tree-lined boulevards, elegant public squares, and an array of dining and nightlife options. Whether enjoying some downtime with family or packing your glitziest outfits for a fun weekend break with friends, Medellin vacation rentals place you firmly in the heart of Colombia's second city. You'll find many rentals set in plush high-rise apartment blocks where sweeping views are part of the deal.

Things to do

Explore Medellin's attractions

The city's plazas and markets offer a taste of true Medellin but the city's attractions don't end at fascinating streetscapes. Explora Park serves up a planetarium and the largest freshwater aquarium in South America, while the adjacent Joaquin Antonio Uribe Botanical Garden is the perfect spot to recharge your batteries before heading out to explore some more. As evening falls, don't even think about heading back to your Medellin vacation rental. Stick around a while to catch a glimpse of the city's most beautiful people hoping for big wins at the casinos near San Benito or dancing the tango in trendy El Poblado.


Soak up the culture in Medellin

Culture is around every corner in Medellin but never is it so apparent than in the city's slightly chaotic center. Everyday life is firmly on the agenda here, and many travelers are content to settle down amid Plaza Botero's bulbous bronze sculptures and soak up the atmosphere. When you've had your fill of the city's most photographed area, a guided tour can be a lovely way to get more of a feel for Medellin. You might check out Central Mayorista, a 40-block slice of heaven for foodies, or stroll through the delightfully fragrant Placita de Flores, the city's famous flower market.


It's always spring in Medellin

Medellin's alternative moniker of the City of Eternal Spring means that there's never really a bad time to enjoy a stay in a Medellin vacation rental. Whether you're visiting in summer or winter, you can expect the temperature to hover around a comfortable 70 degrees. Little wonder, then, that the city is widely considered to be a year-round destination. One thing that makes it worth visiting in summer, though, is the Medellin Flower Festival. This annual extravaganza takes over the city for a week each July, bringing with it outdoor concerts, cookery classes, a Paso Fino horse parade, and show-stopping exhibition gardens.

Natural features

Discover Medellin's eco-friendly side

Medellin may well be a city known for its hustle and bustle but there's plenty of spots where travelers can escape to nature, even if only for a little while. Cerro El Volador, one of the city's 7 guardian hills takes center stage for its incredible views of the city below. Before heading to the top, pick up a Colombian arepa for an impromptu picnic lunch. Willing to travel a little further afield? A ride on the city's Metro Cable up through the misty mountains to the village of Santa Elena brings a trip to the Arvi Park ecotourism reserve into play.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Medellin

The nearest airport is in Medellin (MDE-Jose Maria Cordova Intl.), located 11.4 mi (18.3 km) from the city center.

You can see more of Medellin by jumping on the metro at Cisneros Station, Alpujarra Station or San Antonio Station.

Where to stay around Medellin?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 861 vacation rentals near Medellin. From 564 Condos/Apartments to 128 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Medellin for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Medellin?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Medellin:

  • El Poblado: 441 vacation rentals
  • Florida Nueva: 122 vacation rentals
  • Laureles: 185 vacation rentals
  • Laureles - Estadio: 182 vacation rentals
  • Zona Rosa: 279 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Medellin?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Medellin. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Hospital Universitario San Vicente de Paul: 861 vacation rentals
  • Poblado Park: 857 vacation rentals
  • Lleras Park: 860 vacation rentals
  • Medellin's Museum of Modern Art: 859 vacation rentals
  • La Gorda Sculpture: 863 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Medellin listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Medellin?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 564 Condos/Apartments in Medellin. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Medellin include:

  • Houses: 128 rentals available
  • Villas: 11 rentals available
  • Studios: 606 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Farmhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Medellin?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 195 vacation rentals with pool available in Medellin. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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