Cartagena is one of Colombia’s most important tourist cities and is of huge historical value to the country’s citizens. It’s also a great place to spend an unforgettable holiday.
If you’re thinking of taking a weekend break in Cartagena, take a look at this quick guide we’ve created of the most emblematic places and magical corners this charming coastal city has to offer.
Get to know Colombian flavours by trying out some of the country’s most typical dishes, like arepas, ceviche, fried fish, coconut rice, fried plantain, cocadas (coconut candy), milk biscuits, and other delicacies.
Into the heart of history
Cartagena’s old town is one of the most historically significant places in the whole country and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 for this very reason. The city’s combination of colonial streets and buildings and pre-colonial tradition wraps the visitor in an air of cheerfulness and good vibrations that’s hard to avoid.
San Felipe Castle
This castle is considered one of Colombia’s seven wonders. It’s a place full of mysterious passageways, turbulent history, and military secrets and was constructed in 1536 during the Spanish colonial era. Today, you’ll find it full of expert guides that can fill you in on the history and stories contained in the castle.
The rhythms of the night
Cartagena’s not just about architecture, history and tasty food. Colombians are no strangers to a good party and know how to have a great time. You’ll find loads of places where you can have a drink, get to know the locals, and listen to music – both Colombian and international.
Sea and sand
Some of Cartagena’s best tourist attractions are the beaches that surround it, especially Barú, a coastal region about 45 minutes’ drive from the city. Make sure you leave some time in your planning to spend some time here enjoying the wonderful combination of sea and sand that it has to offer.
Don’t give it a second thought. Colombia’s the perfect place for a weekend getaway!