Trip Planner: South America / Colombia / Bolivar Department / Cartagena District / Cartagena / Walled City of Cartagena
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.
Tours to Walled City of Cartagena
City Sightseeing Cartagena Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $24
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Full-Day Rosario Islands Including Barú, Cholon and Playa Blanca BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $95
Duration: 8 hours
Walled City of Cartagena Reviews
Best place in Cartagena. Live music. Paella is delicious. World class service. Order the sangria. Bar is cute more »
En toda la costa colombina no existe un lugar como este, lleno de cultura y de actividades como recorridos en carrozas con caballo, vida nocturna, entretenimiento en general, muchos hoteles hermosos d... more »All over the Colombian coast there is no place like this, full of culture and activities such as horse-drawn carriage tours, nightlife, entertainment in general, many beautiful hotels of different quality, restaurant and café everywhere, city is a charming and very romantic, here there is all tastes. The downside is that there are a lot of people and kids asking for money that bothers a little, too many street vendors who harass and a lot of prostitution that take away the beauty of the place a little. Rest I recommend it
Lovely city with a great art and food scene. I highly suggest that you visit. The people are very friendly, great vacation experience
Very safe area with all of the locals and tourists. Lots of fun entertainment also (belly dancers, body paint, Michael Jackson, break dancers, etc.). Prices are reasonable and a lot of history here. Definitely the main attraction for Cartagena. You will be heavily sold to/solicited, so be warned.
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