Reasons why Antioquia is a paradise found
Undoubtedly, for thousands of reasons Antioquia and its capital Medellín are some of the most visited places in Colombia:its culture, its gastronomy, unique architecture, its adorable colorful houses, the friendliness of its people, among other things make this destination the perfect place for your next vacation. That’s why we share a selection of some authentic little towns of Colombia that, without a doubt, it’s worth knowing:.
Santa Fe de Antioquia
This municipality is located in the Western subregion of Antioquia, 57 km from Medellín. The trip by car from Medellín to Santa Fé de Antioquia takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. Lots of people say that Santa Fe de Antioquia is the most beautiful destinations in Colombia.
It is also considered one of the Heritage Villages of Colombia, for its fascinating architecture from the colonial era and its beautiful stone streets.
What to do in Santa Fé de Antioquia?
Santa Fe de Antioquia is a good destination to walk, due to its ideal climate. Here tourists admire the facades of the houses and the colorful windows. Its central square is surrounded by colonial balconies and palm trees. You will also be able to rest from your walk in cozy cafes and restaurants. .
In addition to the beauty of its cobblestone streets, one of the main attractions of Santa Fe de Antioquia are its 8 churches, whose buildings are impressive. You will also be able to visit the Hanging Bridge of the West, built between 1887 and 1895, and that crosses the Cauca River and you must dedicate a visit to its museums, especially the Juan del Corral Museum and the Museum of Religious Art.
This municipality is located in the southwest of Antioquia, 104 km from Medellín. The trip by car from Medellín to Jericó is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes. It is considered one of the Heritage Villages of Colombia for its beautiful landscapes and its traditions, such as the manufacture of the Antioquia carriel, symbol of the region.
In this place, you will be able to find a wide variety of designs and colors to take you as a souvenir during your trip to Colombia. If you are interested in architecture, religious history, traditional handicrafts and enjoy a colorful town, Jericó is the destination that you can not miss in your visit.
What to do in Jericó?
In this fascinating place, besides enjoying its streets and colonial buildings, you can visit its 22 churches and the museum of Mother Laura (the birthplace of the first Colombian saint), which captivates both its inhabitants and tourists.
If you like to go out at night, in Jericó you will also find a wide variety of bars, clubs, cafes and shops. In your tour of Jericho, you can not miss visiting these places:
Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes Catedral and the Religious Arts Museum
The cable aéreo
The Morro del Salvador or Cristo Rey
Las Nubes Park
The Maja Museum (also known as Museum of Anthropology and Art)
Jardín is a municipality located southwest of Antioquia, 187 km from Medellín. The trip by car from Medellín to Jardín takes approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes. This municipality is also considered one of the Heritage Villages of Colombia, for its main park adorned with rose gardens and colorful architecture. This town is ideal for walking and being enchanted by its magical air.
What to do in Jardín?
Yes, here you will also find more colorful houses and cobblestone streets. Garden is a little further away than the other destinations, but the trip is definitely worth it. The best plan without a doubt is to travel around, to make long walks and to know the coffee culture. In Garden you can also do bird watching and paragliding.
If you visit Jardín, you can not leave without making a coffee tour, where you can take a tour of coffee growing. Some local operators offer a ride of several hours aboard a Jeep, in which you will meet Coffee Farms, in which you will learn more about the coffee process (planting, harvesting, drying and marketing).
If you like adventure tourism, in Jardín you will be able to practice rappel, canopy, paragliding, in addition to ecological walks, fishing and horseback riding.
In Jardín you can also visit:
The Principal Parck
La Basílica Menor de La Inmaculada Concepción
Natural Reserve Jardín de Rocas
The walk of La Herrera
The Escondida Cascade
El Cerro del Cristo Rey
The Esplendor Cave
And as if this were not enough, did you know that Antioquia also has a sea? If you are one of those who can not go on vacation without being near the beach, here we offer you 2 options of destinations in Antioquia where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape accompanied by the sea:
The Urabá Antioqueño is a region of Antioquia with coast. Its gulf is a very good destination to choose during your holidays, full of exotic landscapes and a great cultural diversity. In Necoclí and Arboletes you will find much more than waves, palm trees and sand.
Known as the Pearl of the Gulf of Urabá, Necoclí is one of the eleven municipalities (and the oldest in Antioquia) that make up the sub-region of Urabá.
What to do in Necoclí?
Walk along its pier: we recommend doing it in the afternoon when the sun goes down.Walk through its paradisiacal beaches: El Totumo, El Pescador, Playa Linda and others. Visit its mud volcanoes: The best known is the Virgen del Cobre Hacienda, 2 kilometers from the headwaters, visit the Carlos Ecotourism Center, here you can also undertake tours through wilderness areas, some almost of virgin forest, where you can see great variety of animals and plants.
Its gastronomy is unique
Patacones, sancocho de pescado y mariscos. Defined by many travelers as the richest cuisine they have tasted thanks to the influence of various cultures (African and native) in the dishes.
Outside the gulf , you can find Arboletes, a municipality also located in the region of Urabá, 472 kilometers from the city of Medellín.
This municipality stands out for its spectacular natural landscapes dominated by crystalline rivers, lush mountains and extensive beaches.
What to do in Arboletes?
Enjoy the mud volcan: It is 15 minutes from the municipal seat and the seashore. This place is visited by tourists from all over the world! Visit its paradisiacal beaches, visit the indigenous settlements of the Senús, visit the parish church of the Inmaculada Concepción.
These municipalities of Antioquia welcome you to enjoy spectacular scenery, outdoor activities, contact with a unique culture and exceptional cuisine.
This article was made in a collaboration with Intriper.