Retiro, Antioquia

Antioquia Department Eastern Antioquia Envigado
El Retiro
Municipality and town
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Flag of El Retiro
Official seal of El Retiro
Location of the municipality and town of Retiro in the Antioquia Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Retiro in the Antioquia Department of Colombia
El Retiro is located in Colombia
El Retiro
El Retiro
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 6°05′N 75°30′W / 6.083°N 75.500°W / 6.083; -75.500
Country Colombia
Department Antioquia Department
 • Total273 km2 (105 sq mi)
 (Census 2018[1])
 • Total20,700
Time zoneUTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)

El Retiro is a town and municipality in Antioquia Department, Colombia. Part of the subregion of Eastern Antioquia.

The Lycée Français de Medellin, a French international school, has its campus in El Retiro.[2][3]


Retiro holds a unique place in world history because of Don Ignacio Castañeda and his wife, Doña Javiera Londoño who settled here in 1734. Using slaves, they exploited mines around the area. On October 11, 1766, Doña Javiera signed a will she had agreed with her husband than manumitted 140 slaves upon her death and gave them the most productive of the El Guarzo mines.

Natural Attractions

San Sebastián La Castellana Ecological Reserve is located between El Retiro and Envigado. It preserves 200 hectares of tropical rainforest.


  1. ^ "Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda 2018" (in Spanish). DANE. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Le Lycée français de Medellin a fait sa rentrée" (Archive). Embassy of France in Colombia. Retrieved on October 24, 2015. "Lycée Français de Medellin Loma del Escobero, Km 10, Vereda Carrizales, Municipio de El Retiro, Antioquia, Colombie "
  3. ^ "Inauguration du Lycée français de Medellin par la secrétaire d’État au Développement et à la Francophonie" (Archive). AEFE. Updated 19 October 2015. Retrieved on 24 October 2015. "Dans la commune d’El Retiro, à quelques pas de la deuxième ville de Colombie, [...]"