Santa Fe de Antioquia
The laidback antidote to bustling Medellín, Santa Fe de Antioquia is one of the country’s best-preserved colonial towns and the former capital of Antioquia. Sample locally produced coffee, admire whitewashed single-story buildings, and cross the oldest suspension bridge in the country—the Bridge of the West, now a National Monument.
Most travelers spend a day enjoying Santa Fe de Antioquia and the surrounds during an excursion from nearby Medellín. Opt for shared or private tours which typically include round-trip transportation or combine a sightseeing tour of Medellín itself with a visit to Santa Fe de Antioquia if you’re pressed for time. Highlights of the quaint colonial town include the 18th-century cathedral, nearby vineyards, and the opportunity to raft down the Cauca River, beneath the Bridge of the West.
Things to Know Before You Go
Coffee is a principal product of Santa Fe de Antioquia so be sure to pick up a bag or two before you leave.
Don’t leave without trying the local specialty—pulpa de tamarindo (tamarind candy).
Prepare to spend around half a day enjoying all that Santa Fe de Antioquia has to offer.
Santa Fe de Antioquia may not be fully wheelchair accessible, due to cobbled streets and uneven sidewalks.
How to Get There
Santa Fe de Antioquia is situated about 40 miles (63 kilometers) north of Medellín. Buses run regularly from Medellín’s Northern Bus Terminal (next to the Caribe metro station), although most travelers find it easiest to arrive by private vehicle. Hire a driver or make things easier for yourself and opt for a tour that includes round-trip transportation.
When to Get There
With its temperate year-round climate and colonial charm, there’s no bad time to visit Santa Fe de Antioquia. However, the town is a popular weekend destination for visitors and locals alike—visit midweek for a quieter experience or stop by during the annual Fiesta de los Diablitos to enjoy dances, parades, and even a beauty contest.
Medellín Day Trips
There are plenty of day trip options for travelers in Medellín. Visit one of the country’s most colorful towns—Guatapé—and challenge yourself to reach the peak of the towering Peñól de Guatapé; try your hand at paragliding in Cocorná; or stop by the charming coffee town, Jardín. Otherwise, stick closer to the city with a visit to Parque Arvi.
- Puente de Occidente (Bridge of the West)
- Explora Park (Parque Explora)
- Medellín Planetarium (Planetario de Medellín)
- Medellin Botanical Garden
- San Pedro Cemetery Museum (Museo Cementerio San Pedro)
- Antioquia Museum (Museo de Antioquia)
- Plaza Botero
- Barefoot Park (Parque Pies Descalzos)
- Medellín Metropolitan Cathedral
- Santo Domingo Savio Library (Biblioteca de España)
- San Antonio Plaza
- Pueblito Paisa
- Gardel Plaza
- Arvi Park and Piedras Blancas Park (Parque Arvi y Parque Piedras Blancas)