Cartagena de Indias of Columbia is an undisputed queen of the Caribbean coast. This historic city of superbly preserved beauty lays within an impressive 13km of centuries-old colonial stone walls. This Unesco World Heritage Site stands tall with a maze of cobbled alleys, balconies covered in bougainvillea, and massive churches that cast their shadows across leafy plazas.
The Walled City
Cartegana’s charming walled city is Colombia’s shining star. The stunning architecture, most of it meticulously restored, covers an extensive area in the historical center of the city. Narrow streets open onto restaurant-lined squares and inviting open spaces. Music fills the air in the evenings, as small bands set up in restaurants and roaming musicians take to the plazas like a scene from a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel.
The Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria is one of the most photographed buildings in the old town of Cartagena, particularly at night, when the impressive spire is lit up like a scene from a fairy tale. The building dates from 1612 and has recently been completely restored. Towering arches supported by massive columns is an aww.
Tunnels of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas
Sitting on a hilltop just a short drive from the walls of the city, Castillo San Felipe de Barajas is regarded as one of the greatest forts the Spanish ever built in the new world. It’s complex tunnel system and overall design, triangular in shape, made it unique among Spanish forts. The most impressive feature of the fort is the tunnel system. The design of the tunnels took into consideration acoustics, which allowed the Spanish to hear even the slightest noise created by anyone trying to approach.
Food of Cartagena
There are lots of restaurants in Cartagena serving up not only local, but also national and international fare.But the local food remains Cartagena’s favourite.
Cazuela de Mariscos
This seafood stew is Cartagena favorite. Usually a cazuela has shrimp, calamari, and clams. Some may also include fish and even lobster as an added bonus.
Cooked with coconut milk, the Cazuela de Mariscos is almost a Caribbean version of seafood chowder. It is also usually served with a portion of coconut rice and patacones. Creamy and delicious, it lands top among the best foods in Cartagena.