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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  • August 10, 2017
    Very close to San Pedro and the clock tower. Close all and away from anything. This city is to walk and walk.
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  • August 10, 2017
    It is the main square of the walled city, is very broad surrounded by businesses and street vendors. It is ideal to sit relax and and watch the flight of the doves.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Recommended in the afternoon. Very early clean public bathrooms and there is a bad smell. It is a place to take many photos.
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  • January 10, 2017
    Historic and romantic place in the heart of the Old City of Cartagena. Several restaurants, bars and shops.
  • January 8, 2017
    At Christmas it's very beautiful to see this place full of light and with th Christmas tree.
  • August 26, 2016
    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.
  • July 22, 2017
    nice historical place
  • May 25, 2016
    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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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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