Cartagena was the first Spanish colony in the Americas, and its location on the Caribbean Sea made it a vitally important port city. A gorgeous village on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, has excellent beaches, a historic old town and a extremely unique architecture.
Showcasing all the history of Colombia, Cartagena has been the main attraction of thousands of tourists that visit this country. These are a few ways to spend your time in this city:
1. Wander around Getsemaní: Only 10 minutes stroll outside the city walls, and you can discover one of the most sparkling areas not only in Cartagena but in the whole country.
Back in the 2000s, Getsemani was considered somewhat dangerous, but its historic streets have slowly transformed into the official ‘backpacker’s quarter’ of the city over time. The neighborhood where everyone is welcome.
2. Visit Playa Blanca, (Barú): There are different beaches in Colombia that have the name Playa Blanca, but by far the most famous one is Playa Blanca, Barú. A gorgeous stretch of white sand beach, Playa Blanca, Isla Barú is located 90 minutes away to the south of Cartagena.
*Important note: if you travel during coronavirus, you must have to make a reservation in order to get in.
3. Climb the San Felipe Castle: San Felipe de Barajas Castle is one of Cartagena’s most iconic landmarks, this castle has been invaded by pirates, admirals, and barons in its long history, but stands perfectly to this day.
4. Enjoy the delicious seafood: Cartagena is home to some fantastic seafood. you can easily find a set meal in a local joint where you’ll get some fried fish, coconut rice, patacones (fried plantains) and a salad.
Also, do not forget to try the popular shrimp cocktail.
5. Eat “Cocadas” in the city center: Cocadas are a traditional and popular dessert in Colombia. There are different variations of this wonderfully sweet treat, however, the main ingredient is always shredded coconut.
Cartagena has certainly, the most delicious ones.
Do not forget to check the official websites to see the travel regulations for this country!