Your guide to living in Medellin, Colombia and beyond!
Medellin, Colombia’s second-largest city, has become more and more popular with tourists and expats alike. Besides the city’s perfect weather (it’s called the “City of Eternal Spring” for a reason!) and the natural beauty of its surrounding lush mountains, Medellín is also known for its incredibly welcoming and friendly locals. Its vibrant nightlife, food, affordable cost of living, and efficient public transportation are just some of the many reasons why Medellín is one of the top cities in Latin America for expats.
Living in Medellín
Located in the Andean region of Colombia, Medellin’s lush setting makes it an ideal location for expats looking to live in a city but stay close to nature. Medellín attracts many expats and retirees, thanks to its world-class, affordable healthcare, cheap real estate, and its comparably low cost of living.
Retire in Medellín
Medellín has a bit of everything for those with an active lifestyle–modern fitness clubs, golf courses, and nearby hiking trails, among many others. Weekends are great for cyclists and pedestrians, as the city closes large sections of highways and turns them into pedestrian walkways for families to get outside and get some much-needed exercise.
Access to good quality healthcare is important to retirees. Medellín has topnotch hospitals that rank at the top in Latin America for a fraction of the healthcare cost in Western countries. The food is also healthy and affordable. Who knows? You might even feel much healthier upon switching to Paisa dieta!
Lifestyle in Medellín
Known as the City of Eternal Spring, great weather is to be had year-round in Medellin. Highs during the day are in the 80s while the evening temperatures are cool enough that no one uses A/C in their homes. The altitude of 5,000 feet above sea level provides low humidity, thus pests such as mosquitos are almost nonexistent.
Medellín’s Metro System is spotless, modern, and efficient. It makes getting around the city easy and comfortable. Plus, with cheap taxis and Ubers, there is really no need to drive or have a car in Medellin.
Medellin is also a cosmopolitan city with many museums, theaters, restaurants, universities, parks, and sports venues.
Life in Medellin, also known as the City of Flowers, is filled with color and fun. Medellín is well known throughout the world for its Feria de las Flores (flower festival), Colombiamoda (Colombia Fashion Week), and Jazz festivals. The vast display of colorful flowers during the flower festival is part of the city’s identity. Indeed, there is never a dull moment in Medellin.