Medellin is the city of all things magical and adventurous. But if you’re moving here fascinated by its fierce portrayal in Narcos, you’re in for a surprise. We hate to break it to you, but Pablo Escobar’s final resting place is now known as the “City of Eternal Spring” — nothing too feisty.


But that being said, Medellin is now a perfectly peaceful place to settle down, offering great opportunities and fun avenues.


Here are a few tips that would help to smoothen the cultural shock you’re in for.


Learn the Language

This is basically relocation 101. You’re much more likely to enjoy and adapt to a place if you understand the language spoken there. It makes everything related to the move at least ten times easier.


The language spoken in Columbia is Spanish, so it can’t be too hard for you to brush it up before moving. But keep in mind that the local version spoken in Medellin called “Paisa” is slightly different. It may take you a while to get used to the accent.


Moreover, most locals do not speak English, so you’ll probably hear it only in areas that are densely populated with foreigners, like tourist spots.

Expect The Food To Be Expensive At Times

Columbian food is definitely worth every last cent, but you’re in for a surprise. While the cost of living in Medellin overall may be lower than in your home country, restaurants may be more expensive than you’d imagine.


But that being said, you’ll always have amazing and flexible options. Most of the time, you’ll definitely find something mouthwatering within your budget.

A woman selling eggs in a market in Medellin

Choose A Safe Neighborhood to Live

Medellin is the second-largest city in Columbia, so there are plenty of neighborhoods and districts, but like anywhere else, some are better than others.


As a foreigner, if you want to live somewhere that’s safe, modern, and fun, we recommend looking at Laureles, Patio Bonito, and El Poblado.


Out of these three, El Poblado is definitely the most popular amongst foreigners mainly for its amazing nightlife ad because it’s super fancy and posh. It’s also a great place to interact with other ex-pats and tourists.


Finding a property in a new city can be overwhelming, but don’t worry, we’ve got you.


We’re Medellin real estate experts and can help you rent furnished properties in El Poblado, in Medellin. If you’re thinking about buying a property in Medellin, we can help you with that too.


Get in touch with us to learn more.