Medellin, Colombia Neighborhoods (Barrios)

The city of Medellin, Colombia is divided into six major zones that lie along the axis which is the Medellin River. These six zones are further broken down into sixteen communities or ‘comunas’. The individual barrios or neighborhoods makes up the communities. Medellin has more than 249 barrios that are located within the city. We have listed some of the more popular neighborhoods here.

Unlike other urban areas in the world, Medellin‘s city center has had no other option than to adapt to modern tendencies, leaving a small but representative sample of its architectural and cultural heritage. However, in the past few years, as the city has extended toward the enveloping mountainsides, a new spirit of preservation has emerged, which has led it to rescue the remains of its past. The first houses in the Aburra Valley were built in El Poblado in 1616, in the southern area of the city. After that, the first colonists moved north, near Santa Elena.

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The Prado neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia was born from the desire to emulate an area in Barranquilla, Colombia with the same name. This neighborhood of Barranquilla was where many foreign immigrants arrived and became very wealthy based on trade and shipping. They built spectacular European & Mediterranean style mansions in Prado, Barranquilla. The greatest promoter of this neighborhood in Medellin was millionaire Ricardo Olano who, […]

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The neighborhood of Robledo is situated in the northwest zone of Medellin. Formerly a rural area of the city, the area is now a neighborhood of contrasts where lower and middle class citizens and families co-exist in harmony. Robledo has excellent infrastructure and a host of service offerings including superior hospitals, clinics and universities. Robledo, Medellin Attractions One of the main tourist attractions in Robledo […]

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Former district of Medellin, Belen is now an emerging middle and upper class neighborhood. One of its peripheral areas (Zafra) was the first center of Afro-Colombian migration to Medellin. In some ways Belen is its own small town. It is one of the largest neighborhoods in Medellin in terms of geographical size and was the first epicenter of the local textile industry which is still […]

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Laureles | Estadio

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Laureles Laureles, Medellin gets its name from the beautiful Bay Laurel Trees that line the medians throughout the area. The entire area was designed back in the 1930′s by the engineer and artist Pedro Nel Gomez. It was the first planned expansion of Medellin proper west of the Medellin River. Today Laureles remains one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the city and home to […]

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The northern municipality of Bello is a suburb of Medellin. This neighborhood is another important industrial and residential area of Medellin. Its guardian hill, Quitasol is 9200 feet high and holds the honors of being the highest mountain in the entire Aburra Valley. The history of this area dates back to 1676, when a village called Hatoviejo was established. Two centuries later, in honor of […]

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Caldas is south of Medellin and represents the farthest outlying municipality in this listing. Located 13 miles to the south of the city, it serves as headquarters for an important crockery factory that services the Colombia and Latin American markets. Originally the property of wealthy landowner Roque Mejia, the town was founded in 1848 and named after the Colombian national hero, Francisco Jose de Caldas. […]

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Itagui is an industrial and commercial center for the city of Medellin. The first city in the country to establish a manufacturing corridor back in the 1950′s, it is arguably the most industrialized town in Colombia. Founded in 1832, Itagui is located just southwest of downtown Medellin approximately 6 miles and claims the reputation of having the highest population density in Colombia, with an average […]

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Created in 1967, after having been part of Envigado, Sabaneta (means small plain) stands out as a model community in Colombia. At approximately 7 square miles, Sabaneta is officially Colombia’s smallest municipality and is made of of 24 different neighborhoods. Thanks to its key location in the southern sector of the city combined with its excellent infrastructure, Sabaneta has become a tourist destination and regularly […]

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Approximately 7 miles southeast of Medellin is the town of Envigado. This neighborhood is considered one of the most efficient towns in all of Colombia and as a result of increased population density of Medellin, it has become a natural extension to the Antioquian capital that offers superior residential and commercial opportunities to its inhabitants. Rich in culture, artistic and culinary options, Envigado is easy […]

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El Poblado

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The neighborhood of El Poblado is considered today as the most prestigious residential area of Medellin. It was the site of the first built houses in the Aburra Valley back in 1616. However, the first dwellers did not consider El Poblado to have any strategic importance and they moved north in order to create La Candeleria village, the heart of today’s city center in Medellin. […]

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