Imagine experiencing with your own eyes – the monumental, magical views of the city of Medellin. Soaking in the opening scene from Narcos, as it’s staring at your right in the face… just without the text on screen. So here’s where you can go, for the best views in Medellin.
As Medellin is set in a valley, you can experience this view from an endless number of places.
Photos, gifs, videos – none of them do them justice. They are so captivating, mesmerising, enthralling… You gotta get down (or up?) there to see them for yourself.
So here are my 🔝 7 spots for the best views in Medellin
1 Mahalo restaurant, bar & skatepark
Located in Envigado, this super trendy restaurant with bar and skatepark is pretty unique. Chill out on their tables outside, sip on a traditional paisa hot chocolate – that’s a hot choc with cheese (possibly creamier than cream itself) – and soak in the ‘sparkling city’ all night long.
Take a jumper because it can get a little nippy up there.
2. Parque Arvi
It baffles me that such a green, jungley area can be so close to the cosmopolitan city, Medellin.
How to get there: Take the metro North to Acevedo, then gondola to San Antonio, and another gondola to Arvi. The last gondola ride is about 30 mins, but it’s possibly the highest gondola can get within the city – and this was my view…
A short (but insanely steep) walk up a hill – but the 360 view at the top is totally breathtaking.
How to get there: Take the metro to Estadio, walk towards the skate park, and then on past the running track which on your right. Keep going along the main road for around 5 more minutes, and there’s a tiny path on the right. It’s easy to miss so I’d recommend popping it in google maps. This is where you begin the walk up the hill, which is only about 10 minutes.
This viewing spot is literally just on a hard shoulder off a main road, but it seems to be where all the cool kids hang out. It’s always busy, so maybe a little less serene – but no less magical.
How to get there: Take a taxi & ask if he/she can wait for you, as it’s about a 30 min drive outside of Medellin, towards the airport.
With a massive open area & binoculars available, you can soak in views from all panoramic angles. It’s got a great view over the national airport too – where the film, American Made, with Tom Cruise is set.
How to get here: I’d suggest taking a taxi & ask if he/she can wait, as I’ve heard the neighbourhood below can sometimes be a little dodge.
It is one of the more well-known spots, so it’s best to go during the week when it’s less busy.
If a rooftop bar with a swimming pool, house music, sushi & cocktails is what you’re after – head to Envy. You don’t need to be a hotel guest to use the bar here; just stroll straight in, and enjoy the panoramic views.
How to get here: Head into the Charlee Hotel, and up the lift to the top floor.
Another rooftop bar, decked out with copper interiors and indoor trees. It was so trendy, it had quite a Shoreditch House vibe.
Plus the food is mouthwateringly scrumptious. The pulpo was meaty, and perfectly cut-through by the home-made pesto on the side…
How to get here: Head into the Art Hotel, and up the lift to the top floor.
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