Plaza de la Aduana, Cartagena

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web
The largest and oldest square in the old town, Plaza de la Aduana--named after the old royal customs house, which today serves as the city hall--remains best known as a center for slave auctions in colonial times. Notice the low round stones on the edges of the square, once used for chaining slaves. A statue of Christopher Columbus dominates its surroundings from the center of the square. The plaza brims with activity, and at night colorful lights illuminate the area and add a festive spirit. Sit under the old clock and watch the tourists and locals passing by, street musicians performing, and artisans selling handmade goods. Spend a little time exploring the area, home to stores, cafes, and restaurants. Put Plaza de la Aduana into our Cartagena vacation generator and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The most extensive and neat squares of the walled city is... its always neat appearance, the historic buildings that surround it in excellent condition make this a special place to take panoramic photographies. We visited it in the morning, in the evening and at night, but the best choice is sunset when it drops a little heat.. .a beautiful place to stay. In one of its access sale of beautiful plants there are flowers and pots of pottery that puts another quota of charm. Highly recommended...!
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  • Large square with historical buildings located in the walled city. Many vendors and great place for photos.
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  • Is one of the many squares located on the city side. In it, worked the Customs House-sort of-Central Bank of ancient Cartagena.
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  • This was more of a thoroughfare as opposed to a destination. But it's a large plaza inside the wall that hosts gatherings and the ever present vendor. We saw a peace rally and a free concert. There are also three banks on the perimeter if you need cash and a Hard Rock Cafe if your stomach has a hankering for comida del USA.
  • The old toll square for importing end exporting goods. The building along the wall is now majors office.
  • Another big open plaza with seating for out door dining. This is former Customs area when good were being traded here.
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  • Nice spot inside the walled town
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