TLDR? Belén is one of the oldest communes in Medellín where you can have an ecological, cultural, and food experience in the same place.
Medellín is made up of unique neighborhoods, each with its own authenticity.
Comunas 16, or Belén, contains one of the most popular neighborhoods and economic residences in the city, with good restaurants, bars, places and to visit.
In this guide, I’ll teach you a bit about Belén and what you can expect from this district of Medellín. Read ahead to learn more!
What Are the Neighborhoods That Makeup Belén?
Bethlehem, as it is known in English, is the last of Medellín’s sixteen Comunas. Located in the south of Laureles, it’s like living in a little city of its own.
Located in the south of Laureles, the working-class comunas of Belén are made up of twenty-two neighborhoods, including La Gloria, El Rincón, San Fernando, and Las Violetas, one of the largest neighborhoods in the comunas.
Belén’s mix of typical Paisa city life and tourist locales gives the area a unique and personal touch.
How to Get To Belén
If you’re using public transport, Estación Industriales is the neighborhood’s most popular metro station. It’s close to several Belén neighborhoods, providing visitors with easy access to the comunas. You can go from the station to El Poblado with no problems.
Remember that you always have the option to take a taxi or use a ride-shape app if you’re trying to avoid using public transportation.
If you’ve rented a car in Medellín, check the route you want to take into the comunas, or use the GPS in your car or phone. If you’re having trouble getting to your desired location, ask a local to help you out – they’re usually very friendly!
What to Expect From Belén
One of the great things about each district of Medellín is their respective community leaders, who work to promote tourism encouraging not only tourists but locals alike to visit different districts.
There are some great tourist spots in Belén you absolutely can’t miss!
Of course, Belén has a striking main park.
Named after the comunas, the main park boasts a gorgeous church that stands out for its architectural beauty.
You can also take a tour of the park to feed the pigeons and drink delicious Colombian coffee.
You may have worked up an appetite after touring Pueblito Paisa, seeing the sculptures, and wandering around the neighborhoods of Belén. Grab a bite to eat at one of the area’s delicious restaurants, then head back out on the town for some nightlife!
Food in Belén
The Los Molinos is the perfect place for tourists looking for a wide variety of dining options.
Located just a few blocks from Parque Belén, the mall has a ton of different restaurants, ranging from typical Colombian food to seafood to fast food. There are even some renowned restaurants if you’re looking for something fancier.
The mall is also a great place to spend the afternoon with family or friends!