Plaza Mayor in Medellín has a convention center, an interactive park that’s great for both kids and adults, and some interesting modern buildings. The main part of the plaza near the convention center has a building full of very good restaurants on the ground floor.
The cool yellow building behind Plaza Mayor is my favorite building in the city. It’s the Centro Cívico de Antioquia Plaza de La Libertad.
Parque de los Pies Descalzos
Parque de los Pies Descalzos (Barefoot Park) is very near to Plaza Mayor. It was created in 2000. Visitors are encouraged to take off their shoes and walk in the park barefoot. There are sand boxes, fountains, bamboo forests, and small pools to dip your feet in.
The EPM (Empresas Públicas de Medellín) building, an “intelligent” building, sits next to the park. It features all of its staircases, elevators, electrical and mechanical parts on the outside to maximize space on the inside.
EPM sponsors the Museo del Agua. This museum teaches about the history of water and its importance to humankind. It’s dedicated to the conservation of water and talks about water in different ecosystems.
Near the park is a footbridge that crosses a highway. On the other side of the bridge is the neighborhood of Barrio Triste and a nice church built in 1930, Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús. Be careful in the neighborhood and don’t linger too much. It’s not considered a safe area.