Plaza de la Aduana, Cartagena

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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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Where to stay in Cartagena

Despite its status as a major tourist hub, Cartagena offers a good choice of affordable places to stay. If you're looking to splurge, consider staying at one of the town's restored colonial-era buildings, which now house boutique hotels packed with modern amenities. Alternatively, several old monasteries in Cartagena's walled colonial district offer outstanding facilities at very high prices. Budget-conscious travelers can explore the many mid-range hotels and low-cost hostels clustered in Getsemani, an up-and-coming neighborhood and center of the backpacker scene.
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  • The square is surrounded by beautiful, colorful, historic buildings, some of which now comprise the mayoral offices.  more »
  • This is a great square because of all the action. It is also the place where a lot of banks are located, so you can pull-out money in a safe location.  more »
  • Short walk to the left of Torre del Reloj, nice little area but not much to see, better in the evening.  more »
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  • Historic and romantic place in the heart of the Old City of Cartagena. Several restaurants, bars and shops.
  • At Christmas it's very beautiful to see this place full of light and with th Christmas tree.
  • 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.
  • Another big open plaza with seating for out door dining. This is former Customs area when good were being traded here.
  • In Christmas they put a giant Xmas tree here!