Filandia is a picturesque town in the Quindío department of the coffee growing region of Colombia. It has many refurbished and colorful homes, especially around it’s main plaza. It boldly refers to itself as “the most beautiful town in Quindío”, much to the chagrin of nearby Salento. Filandia is part of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia.
The main plaza is full of different types of trees. There are benches to sit and people watch.
Around the plaza you will find several different restaurants, bars, cafés, and shops. Many of them are located in colonial style buildings.
I went on a Saturday afternoon and found a few tents set up outside the church selling handmade crafts, plantains, and sweets. Booths selling ice cream and snacks are also present.
The church is nice. It has an interesting color scheme on the inside.
Wandering around the rest of the town doesn’t take very long because it’s very small. There are some very nice colorful buildings on most of the streets. You can also find several souvenir shops and restaurants serving the town’s specialty, trout.
The best and most scenic street to wander down is to the left of the church from the plaza. It’s lined with countless souvenir and artisan shops along with a few restaurants. The street is called “La Calle del Tiempo Detenido”.
Mirador Colina Iluminada
Not too far outside of Filandia is the Mirador Colina Iluminada. It is a tall structure you can climb to get views of several nearby cities and towns, including Pereira and Armenia. The cost of admission is COP$8,000 (as of April 2017).
You can also get amazing views of the rolling green hills and Filandia.
Filandia is easily reached with direct buses from Pereira and Armenia. From Pereira’s bus terminal, Expreso Alcalá has direct service.