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About Cartagena

Cartagena, Colombia

With beautiful bougainvillea-covered doorways, walls of ancient brick and polished wooden verandas looking over cool, narrow lanes, Cartagena is romantic, pretty and has a definite Afro-Caribbean vibe.

There's also an ancient fortress, gorgeous street food and salsa in the street. Book a vacation rental today via Flipkey and start your Colombian adventure.

About Cartagena

A UNESCO world heritage site since 1984, Cartagena in the Bolivar region of Colombia is a colorful and vibrant city with an ancient old town and a fascinating history.

Much of its architecture is influenced by the Moors of Andalucía and indeed it was founded in 1533 by Spanish explorer Pedro de Heredia. See what Spanish influences you can spot during your stay!

Since then, the city has recorded a bloody and brave history, especially when it fought for its independence from Spain in the nineteenth century.

Today, it's difficult to imagine the horror foreign marauders brought when strolling down its lovely cobblestoned Old Town or staying in one of its beautiful homes, many of which are restored mansions with open courtyards and high ceilings, very much retaining their historical charm.

Cartagena is perfectly located for boat trips to the beautiful palm tree-lined beach of Baru. So, what are you waiting for? Get packing!

What to do

Wander down the narrow streets and colorful alleyways of Getsemani, an old community next to the city's historic district. You'll spot clever murals as well as colorful graffiti.

Take a 90-minute tour along the brick wall that borders the old city. You can walk on top and the stairs mean you can get off and on when you feel like it. It's an excellent point for taking photos.

Head north of the city and take a look around the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. This cross between a castle and a pyramid is believed to have been constructed in the mid-17th century.

Sample the street food. Corn pockets stuffed with savory fillings are Arepas and can be purchased on street corners, so can the seafood dish ceviche and squares of polenta with grilled chorizo! Cool beer can also be bought on the street from vendors.

Top Cartagena travel tips

Get around using the articulated bus system Transcribe. Introduced at the end of 2015, it is quick, simple and really easy to use.

Rafael Nuñez International Airport is only a 15-minute drive from the city's Old Town district and costs from $9 to $12 by taxi.

Book well in advance if you're planning to visit during peak tourist season (December and January) to ensure you get accommodation. It's a popular spot!

If exploring, it's best to go in the morning or early evening as the weather is extremely hot in the afternoon. Take your chance to sip a refreshing drink and watch the world go by in one of the local cafes.

Plaza musicians, the aroma of street food and couples riding around in horse drawn carriages ... this is Cartagena in early evening. It's the perfect backdrop for a stroll around this ancient city, with culture seeping out from every centuries-old wall. Book your Cartagena vacation rental today via Flipkey and enjoy this magical destination.