Plaza de la Aduana, Cartagena
(4.3/5 based on 320+ 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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  • this plaza is not a destination by any stretch. it's big and open but there is nothing going on-at least not in mid-november 2016. and the tourist office has crappy cartagena maps so don't even bother...  more »
  • remember there, the place where slaves were traded. and where the traladabn when they fall ill. is now a seat of arms that uses it the police
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  • There's no way to go to Cartagena and don't pass by the plaza de la aduana. On certain days of the week has a craft fair a great place to buy gifts and meet the traditions of there, not to mention that is next to the portal de los dulces.
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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.
  • Biggest square in cartagena. Host of numerous events
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