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. Using our online itinerary creator, Cartagena attractions like Walled City of Cartagena can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • What interesting history is here! Yes, there are many upscale shops from what was once houses, but people are still having daily life here and you can see folks on their porches, relaxing. Great place...  more »
  • Amazing sunsets. The history trapped within these walls is amazing. It all happend some hundred years ago yet it is relived now. Do read about each sector. San Pedro Claver and his church has been the...  more »
  • I love this place and it is always an adventure. Excellent restaurants and truly an international city. It never gets old and there is always somewhere new to explore.  more »
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  • I loved it. Old world feel, massive stone structures. Not doubt built by slaves. After all these years it's still solid and a testament to the work and toil of those human hands which built it. Lots of shops fine homes government buildings
  • It was a great experience.. I advise people to visit this marvelous tourist attraction at the heart of Cartagena.
  • Charming city by the sea.
  • Unmissable walk, an ancient city of the colonial era. Museums, restaurants, crafts, and other places of tourist interest. Excellent, highly recommended.
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  • Wonder of humanity par excellence, kilometers of homeland history at our feet
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