Welcome to Cartagena!

Colombia’s coastal city nestled on the Caribbean Sea. Known for its well-preserved colonial architecture, including imposing forts and ancient city walls, Cartagena offers visitors a glimpse into its rich history as a strategic port city. Explore its vibrant streets, bustling with cultural activity and colorful murals, and indulge in the diverse culinary delights that reflect the city’s unique blend of influences. Get ready to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and flavors of Cartagena’s captivating atmosphere.

Historical Landmarks

Famous for its well-preserved colonial architecture, colorful buildings with balconies adorned with flowers, and cobblestone streets. The historic center is surrounded by impressive stone walls built to protect the city from pirates and invaders during the colonial era.

Art & Museums

Home to a series of impressive fortifications built during the Spanish colonial period to defend the city from attacks. The most iconic of these is Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, a massive fortress located on a hill overlooking the city.

Natural Beauty

Boasts beautiful beaches along the Caribbean Sea, offering opportunities for relaxation, swimming, and water sports. Popular beaches include Bocagrande, El Laguito, and Playa Blanca and visiting the nearby islands like the Rosario Islands and Barú, known for their crystal-clear waters and coral reefs.

Vibrant Atmosphere

Cartagena is known for its lively atmosphere, with bustling plazas, vibrant street life, and lively nightlife. Explore the city’s charming squares, browse artisan markets, and enjoy live music and dancing in the evenings.

Festivals & Events

The city hosts numerous festivals and events throughout the year, including the Cartagena International Music Festival and the Hay Festival Cartagena, attracting artists, intellectuals, and cultural enthusiasts from around the world.

Food Scene

The city is known for its delicious Caribbean cuisine, which blends Spanish, African, and indigenous flavors. Sample local specialties such as seafood ceviche, fried plantains, coconut rice, and arepas de huevo (fried corn cakes filled with egg). Cartagena also offers a vibrant street food scene, with bustling markets and food stalls serving up a variety of tasty treats.

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