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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  • Great ride. We took the free tour that has every day. We walked a lot, always knowing a new place that went unnoticed in the first walk. Place well preserved. Very clean.
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  • Good choice to get to know its churches, the history of Cartagena, its museums, the beautiful view of sunset, restaurants of typical and international food, sale of souvenirs, regularly available transportation. My recommendation is to always ask the prices of the services or products that are offered during the tour, previously, to avoid misunderstandings.
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  • Click here to visit the walled city is a beautiful experience, you can find scenes of art, food, crafts, candy, jewelry, one that is another historical anecdote. I recommend going at night, as too much heat that must be tackled on the day.
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  • When the weather is nice, this town is beautiful. The old bricks and the fact that you can walk along almost all the wall is great. You’ll find lots of nice photo spots and places to eat. We walked the whole wall!
  • Sunset stroll A fabulous sunset stroll was enjoyed around the top of the wall on our first night in Cartagena.  Absolutely enchanting.
  • 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.
  • You must enjoy the sunsets from the wall. Best thing to do in Cartagena. It's amazing to think that it's the same sunset with the same view that other people enjoyed since the first person put a feet on this land..
  • Beautifully preserved with no changes,Amazing appealing Cartagena historical Walled City.Night life, cafe, horse buggies, live music 🎧 festive mode, their colourful houses, nice restaurant and bars Lamp lights it’s all about Cartagena’s walled city. I fell in Love with that part of city.Reminds you 100 years back peaceful and fantastic planned city and great life. Check pics
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