- Location: On the north coast of Colombia
- Attraction Type: Colonial city
- Significance: Colonial city with medieval set up and lifestyles; very vibrant and colorful
- Best Time to Visit: All through the year
- Visiting hours: Mornings and evenings
- How to Reach: By flights or roadways
- Nearest International Airport: Rafael Nunez International Airport, Cartagena
Cartagena Colombia, simply put, is ‘magic’. Colonial buildings with Bougainvilleas cascading from their balconies, spontaneous dance parties, and an ensemble of bongos, guitars and maracas in the evenings all taken together make up Cartagena in Colombia. Valentino Cortazar, a Colombian painter, said ‘there’s something mystical in the air’ about Cartagena city in Colombia. A ‘strange energy’ prevails in the air of Cartagena featured by beautiful landscapes, beautiful colors and beautiful people.
Cartagena’s history goes bank to its foundation in 1533 as a port serving the Caribbean region. Cartagena emerged to a prosperous port from gold and silver exports to European destinations. To protect its shipping and slave trade a walled fort was constructed in Cartegena port. People from nearby locations flocked to this Colombian city for its vibrancy and warm ambiance. Even to this date tourists cannot resist the lure of Colombia Cartagena.
Cartagena on the Caribbean Sea has perhaps the highest shoreline with gorgeous cliffs. This city is a strange amalgamation of modernity with colonial romanticism characterized by a walled city with narrow streets, tile-roofed houses, balconies with potted plants and flower-filled courtyards. Many of the colonial buildings inside this walled city have been converted into hotels and guest accommodations.
The entire setting inside the old town is still very medieval. Women carry fruit baskets on their heads, men sell coconuts from wheelbarrows guiding them cautiously through narrow lanes, vendors selling sweets, fruit juices, utensils, and even sunglasses. You would get buckets full of freshly caught fish, oysters, and crabs.
Walk up to La Popa along winding roads and get a panoramic view of the whole city. An early evening stroll to La Popa would enthuse you, particularly if you spend time with the local people enjoying their dance and music. Indulge yourself with a full body massage with an algae-and-aloe concoction given by local masseurs. With the assistance of local guides visit Plaza de Los Coches and Plaza de Aduanas the historic slave markets. Puerta del Reloj, the old clock tower was the only entrance to this walled city. The Palacio de la Inquisicion displays instruments of torture belonging to pre-Colombian and Spanish eras, and art collections of colonial and pre-independence periods. Commute in a horse-drawn carriage to relive the colonial past. Walking is also an attractive alternative.
Accommodation and Dining in Cartagena
While visiting Cartagena you could make a choice among Decameron Cartagena, Hilton Cartagena, Sofitel Santa Clara, Hotel Casa La Fe, Hotel Caribe Cartagena, and Charleston Cartagena Hotel for staying. This city abounds in superior eateries serving mouth-watering local delicacies. Try out their crab risottos, king prawns, steaks, and filet mignon. Carle Arsenal in Getsemani and the Manga marina localities are famous for their eateries.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BL7AdGCP9Ao: Check out the vibrancy and beauty of the lively and hospitable city of Cartagena in Colombia in this beautiful travel video! You will understand why the Colombians are considered to be the second happiest people in the world!