The Best Areas to Stay in Manizales, Colombia
The Best Areas to Stay in Manizales, Colombia

Best Areas to Stay in Manizales, Colombia

Where to stay in Manizales – A guide to the capital of Caldas

Manizales is the capital of the Caldas department in Colombia.

It is located in the western region of the country, on the central stretch of the Andes mountain range.

Manizales stands out for its large student population since it has important universities. In addition, it is known as the theater capital, which makes it a destination with a lot of cultural movement.

In the same way, it has eco-parks and green areas that are ideal for walking, doing adventure sports and enjoying the fresh air, like the one breathed in the National Park of Los Nevados.

Also, the city is rich in monuments and landmarks, among which are the Cathedral and Plaza de Bolívar (Bolívar Square).

In Manizales, you can enjoy a wide gastronomic offer, as well as cultural and leisure activity in events such as the Manizales fair, and the International Manizales Theater Festival.

This cheerful and welcoming city is privileged for its warm and temperate climate, with average temperatures of 20ºC during the day.

Getting to Manizales is possible through the small La Nubia Airport, with domestic flights from Medellín and Bogotá. It also connects with other cities in Colombia by bus lines that reach the Manizales Transportation Terminal.

To move around the city, you can choose between taxi services, buses, and cable cars.

Manizales is one of the most picturesque tourist destinations in Colombia. The Zona Rosa and the East of the city are the best areas to stay in Manizales for its wide gastronomic offer and lively nightlife (See accommodation in East Manizales).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Manizales, Colombia.

The best areas to stay in Manizales

1. Our favorite area: Zona Rosa & East Manizales

The eastern part of Manizales includes some of the most elegant neighborhoods in the city.

Among the sites of interest in this area is the old aerial tramway station and the tower of Herveo, an emblem of the economic power that brought coffee to this region at the beginning of the 20th century.

In the surroundings of the old station, which currently functions as a university, is the Zona Rosa de Manizales, which is, as in other cities of Colombia, an area full of shopping, gastronomy, and nightlife.

The Zona Rosa and east of Manizales concentrate a good part of the hotel offer in the capital of Caldas, especially in the high category.

This area is connected to the rest of the city through its bus and taxi systems.

Its excellent nightlife, animated largely by the student population of the city, its shopping centers and its wide range of accommodation, make the east of the city one of the best areas to stay in Manizales.

In addition, the area east of the city is the closest area to La Nubia airport, which is convenient for travelers who are moving by plane through Colombia.

Where to stay in Manizales, Colombia - Zona Rosa & East Manizales
Where to stay in Manizales, Colombia – Zona Rosa & East Manizales
Accommodation in East Manizales - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation in East Manizales – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay in Manizales:

  • Exclusive area
  • Near the airport
  • Great nightlife
  • Old tramway station
  • Shopping area
  • Luxury hotels

2. City Center

The center of the city, although busy, is the hub for cultural, commercial and administrative activities in Manizales.

In the city center, the architectural assets linked to the past of the city can be found. Among the most outstanding monuments, the Plaza de Bolívar and the sculpture of Bolívar Cóndor, both symbols of the city, are standouts.

The Government Palace is the most representative building of the Republican architecture of Manizales and is also located in this area.

Also, the Cathedral of Manizales, an imposing religious monument that is the largest in Latin America, is another mandatory stop in the center of the city.

The center is very pedestrian-friendly, but it can also be covered by the aerial tramway system that connects with other neighborhoods, and the bus terminal.

The city center is the best area to stay in Manizales due to its proximity to the places of interest.

Best areas to stay in Manizales - City Center
Best areas to stay in Manizales – City Center
Accommodation in Manizales' City Center - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation in Manizales’ City Center – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay in Manizales:

  • Heart of the city
  • Best area for sightseeing
  • Connected by cablecar

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