Colourful, buzzing and rich in culture, Colombia is an enchanting destination and the perfect location for a holiday any time of the year. From its idyllic streets and eye-catching buildings to its fascinating history and breathtaking landscapes, the world really is your oyster in Colombia and there’s something for everybody in this South American hotspot.
Although it boasts gorgeous beaches, thick jungle, ancient buildings, vibrant cities and a brilliant array of wildlife, the true heart of Colombia is perhaps its food and music. From traditional Spanish sounds to mouth-watering dishes and some of the best coffee in the world, immersing yourself in such rich culture and heritage is sure to be a highlight of any holiday to Colombia.
Colombian cuisine combines practices and techniques from its Caribbean shoreline and mixes it with influences from Spanish, African, Arab and even some Asian cuisines. Arepas are one of the most popular foods served up in Colombia and are a type of bread made from cornmeal, usually served with butter or corn. Head to Restaurant Fulanitos in Bogotá, which specialises in southern Colombian food, to try out the tasty Arepas.
If you fancy a traditional Colombian breakfast then visit the Asociación Futuro any morning for a true taste of Colombia. You’ll find a selection of hot and cold breakfasts and that all-important Colombian coffee, which will be some of the finest you've ever tasted!
After breakfast head to any traditional restaurant and ask for Bandeja Paisa, Colombia’s national dish. Bandeja Paisa is not for the faint-hearted and consists of a protein-rich feast of steak, pork crackling and chorizo served up with rice, red beans and a fried egg.
Once you've sampled some of the flavours of Colombia you should venture into the cities and backroads to experience the country’s other passion – music! Donostia in Bogotá is a trendy restaurant that puts on a fantastic show of live music every Wednesday. Before you head to Colombia it’s also worth checking which festivals are on, as the locals love any excuse for a party and the music performed at the various street carnivals is some of the liveliest and most authentic you'll find.
Bogotá is famous for its explosive nightlife and it’s not just traditional music you’ll find in this city. For something more up-market try out Parque 93 for mellow music and chilled out vibes. If you’re looking to dust off your dancing shoes then Galeria Cafe Libro, the biggest salsa place in the city, is the place to go. Those who fancy more of a clubbing atmosphere should not miss Le Coq, an open air club that plays cool indie sounds and hip electro beats.
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Finally when you’re all partied out and have room for just one last bite of food, your trip to Colombia would not be complete without sampling the sweet street foods on offer. Pick up some Churros on your way back to the hotel for the ultimate treat at the end of an amazing night!
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