Cartagena Travel Guide


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    Cartagena is a city found in the northern coastal area of Colombia. It faces the Caribbean Sea and this probably adds to the charm of the city. Apart from good beaches, Cartagena is known for its rich Spanish architectural structures. It is divided into two parts – the Bocagrande, where most of the...

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  • Alfiz Hotel Boutique

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  • Ananda Hotel Boutique

    Ananda Hotel Boutique is one of the ideal, premium places to lodge in Cartagena. Beautifully found in close proximity to Monalisa Pub Cartagena, Galeria Libro-Cafe and Fr...

  • Casablanca B&B

    Found within Cartagena, Casablanca B&B is a finest hotel conveniently located near Ecoriders, Diving Planet and Dolphin Diving School. Additional leading tourist attracti...

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About Cartagena

Cartagena is a city found in the northern coastal area of Colombia. It faces the Caribbean Sea and this probably adds to the charm of the city. Apart from good beaches, Cartagena is known for its rich Spanish architectural structures. It is divided into two parts – the Bocagrande, where most of the coastal attractions can be found and the Ciudad Amurallada (walled city), where colonial houses, churches, monasteries and other historical attractions can be found.

Sights and Places to Visit

Almost all of the structures located inside the walled city are places of interest. No wonder, Ciudad Amurallada was declared as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Some of the attractions include the Clock Tower, Palace of the Inquisition, Castle of San Felipe de Barajas and Portal de Los Dulces.

Cartagena also has many town squares such as the Custom House Square, Los Coches Square, Santo Domingo Square, San Diego Square, San Pedro Square, Fernandez Madrid Square, Centenario Square and the Bolivar Square. Just like any Spanish city, it also has several plazas such as La Trinidad and Santa Teresa.

When it comes to museums, there is the Gold and Archaeological Museum, Naval Museum and Museum of Modern Art. Other attractions include the Las Bovedas (The Arches), Heredia Theater, La Popa Convent of La Candelaria and the Casa Bolivar. The India Catalina and the Zapatos Viejos monuments are also a must-visit.

If you have the time, consider visiting different neighborhoods in the Bocagrande, Manga and Getsemani districts. Other islands surrounding the city include Baru Island, Rosario Island and San Bernardo Island.

Festivals in Cartagena

All year long, Cartagena has various festivals and fairs in store for its never-ending influx of tourists. In January, visitors can witness an authentic Spanish bullfighting in the city. As a predominantly Catholic city, Cartagena honors Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria (Our Lady of Candles) in February.

March, in the meantime, is dedicated to art, music and culture. The city celebrates the International Film and TV Festival and the Caribbean Music Festival. In April, it holds the annual Cartagena Sailing Festival.

June and July, meanwhile, is a time for the International Sailing Championships and Summer Festival. In November, the Miss Colombia Contest is held. Finally, in December, Cartagena holds a Jazz Festival.

Cartagena’s Specialty Food and Beverages

When visiting Cartagena, one must not forget to experience dining on some of the best restaurants in town. Since Cartagena is a coastal area, most of their specialty dishes are seafood. Go for restaurants and food stalls serving authentic Colombian dishes as well as beverages. Some of the food can be bought in the streets and need not be expensive. Here are some of them.

Fried fish with coconut rice is a popular dish served in the coastal area of Cartagena. It is best paired with fresh fruit juice or ice-cold Colombian beer. Mote de Queso is a soup made of garlic, onion, cheese, yam and limejuice. Colombia’s staple food, Arepa con huevo, can be found almost in any streets of Cartagena. Arepas are made of cornmeal and can varyingly contain stuffing such as cheese, beef and egg.

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