Walled City of Cartagena, Cartagena

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Wander the historical streets of Walled City of Cartagena, an old district full of vibrant colonial architecture and heritage sites. Surrounded by 11 km (6.8 mi) of thick stone walls, the old city was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century. The vast fortifications, begun after an attack by Francis Drake, took two centuries in total to complete, as the city faced frequent damage from storms and pirate attacks. As well as the historical churches, mansions, plazas, and other buildings, the area boasts plentiful restaurants, cafes, and street vendors. Consider checking the cruise schedule before planning your visit: the old town clogs with tourists when several cruise ships unload on the same day. Walled City of Cartagena is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Cartagena Edition.
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  • The walled city and the Getsemaní neighborhood in particular were interesting in every way.... truly a cultural experience not to be missed....definitely not a beach town! The only negative was the in...  more »
  • The wall city of Cartagena definitely offers all types of entertainment and attractions for all persons. From the history, to the shopping, to the partying, to the lay back ambiance, to the diversity ...  more »
  • The walled city of Cartagena is fantastic: the buildings, the balconies, the streets, the historic monuments, the bougainvillea that color the city. .. everything is charming and lovely. Find your square, your tree.
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  • Whenever I visit and old quarter of a city, my best recommendation is to get yourself lost going up and down the streets. Do this during the day and evening. You get a different perspective. Even if you think you have seen all the streets, go back and discover it again. Here, there are so many enchanting plazas, courtyards, hotels, hostels, restaurants, cafes, churches and much more. I found the quarter quieter during the day and packed with people at night. I personally, enjoyed the walled city more during the day.
  • A truly magical place. The walled city is a 500 year old pearl of beauty. There are so many things to see and do while here, from the churches, to the public squares, to the restaurants and bars. At every turn, you will see history come alive. Try finding a bed and breakfast or small hotel inside of the walled city to truly enhance your experience.
  • What a great thing to do with the one you live or and or family. I recommend that you go in the later afternoon so that the sun is starting to come down and you can take in the sights and sounds of the city. Charge your phone or camera, many opportunities for pictures. Be careful at night since there are no rails and the walkways are Uneven. Enjoy the city.
  • This is a great historic town. There are lots of shops and restaurants to stop in and check out. Plenty of great food options to choose from. Don't skip the street food. It is some of the best in the area and it is tough to beat the prices. It can be very hot during the day so be prepared.
  • One of the most wonderful and colorful places I have ever been. If u come to cartagena, you must to go to the Walled City

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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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