San Felipe de Barajas Castle, Cartagena

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Wander the mighty fortifications of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, which played a crucial role in protecting gold shipped back to Spain by conquistadors in the New World. Originally completed in 1536 and expanded twice in the 17th and 18th centuries, the complex system of bunkers, batteries, and parapets represents one of the most formidable accomplishments in the history of Spanish military architecture. Walk the walls, explore the maze-like network of tunnels that links the different parts of the fort, and enjoy panoramic views from its highest point. You'll find little written information throughout the castle, so rent an audio guide if you want to learn about its history. Plan my day in Cartagena using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • October 7, 2017
    Very good place to visit with clothes and comfortable shoes. Esmuno of the few places that do not disturb sellers there but doing their work without atozigar.la architecture and fabulous history.
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  • October 6, 2017
    Fist our visit we did go there. Was big mistake. This place must see, Little bit pricy. $10. But it's worth it! Amazing view of the city. Perfect morning time spending!  more »
  • October 6, 2017
    colonial lima and puerto rico I had the opportunity to meet them, with narrow aisle and very good structure well conserved, as well as a very good view
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  • July 27, 2017
    Huge fortress, well preserved. Lots out on the open,so suncream and water needed. You can get an English audio tour which adds a little more than the pretty detailed map they give you on entry. The video in multi languages in the hospital hut is air-conditioned and pretty good to understand the fort's history
  • July 9, 2017
    Amazing castle and history. Very good explanations on the audio guide. I really enjoyed, but I recommend only for the people really interested in castles and history because the visit is long (3 H if you visit and listen everything) and the most part is under the sun. Go early in the morning. Possible to get there on foot. 30 min from the old town by walking.
  • July 5, 2017
    Very interesting historical landmark. Read the Wikipedia page ahead of time: they'll hand you a leaflet that is only moderately interesting. If you're staying in the walled city, I'd recommend walking to the castle. Some blocks are slightly questionable, but there are some murals in the Street of the Turtles that are interesting. Make sure to check out the sculpture of the Old Shoes, right behind the castle, before you leave (it is in a square just outside of the castle, so you'll need to exit the castle first). Try to go when the sun isn't very strong; most of the time you'll be outside.
  • April 28, 2017
    Fantastic place if you are into history and want to experience it first hand. Although, considering the high entry fee and the fact that it's considered a world heritage site, they could have done a much better job in preserving it and making it engaging for tourists. Lots of potential being wasted in here. Pd: go when the sun is low if you don't wanna roast!
  • June 26, 2017
    Very cool, lots of little passageways and tunnels to explore. Animated history video. Little shop. Great 360° views of the city. Worth a visit for around $8 entry fee.

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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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