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Sightseeing in Cartagena - what to see. Complete travel guide

Cartagena is considered one of the most charming and interesting cities in Colombia. Founded by the Spanish colonialists in 1533, the port city has managed to preserve its priceless historical heritage and unique cultural atmosphere. Cartagena is a unique city, a visit to which would be interesting for all travelers. Fans of excursions and hiking will be delighted by the variety of historical and cultural monuments, while shopping lovers will enjoy a huge selection of noisy and colorful markets. The city has excellent conditions for beach recreation, the coast is sure to please divers.
The main historical value of Cartagena is its colonial-times structures. You can endlessly admire the beautiful views of palaces and charming streets. The concentration of outstanding … Open
The underwater world is famous not only for its diversity of inhabitants but also for its historical sights. Many years ago Cartagena attracted British corsairs. The result of their struggle with the indigenous population is sunk merchant ships resting on the seabed since then. Thousands of divers from all corners of the world visit these places to see them. According to historical data, unique treasures are flooded off the coast of Cartagena. Demanding travelers will be pleased with the city's well-developed tourist infrastructure: there are many high-class hotels, shopping, and entertainment centers. It is noteworthy that many fashionable hotels are housed in beautiful historic buildings. Facilities of this kind have remained at the peak of popularity among tourists.
The most prestigious district of the port city is Castillo grande where you can find the most prestigious hotels, restaurants, and boutiques offering customers jewels of the highest quality. Precious stones, in particular emeralds, has been extracted in Cartagena since ancient times. Local gemstones are quite cheap in comparison with the prices of European jewelry stores. Jewelry is the most popular souvenirs for wealthy tourists. Guests of the city are strongly recommended to buy them exceptionally in specialized boutiques.
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The beautiful city with a Spanish soul is ready to offer tourists a lot of interesting entertainment. Cartagena has an excellent salsa school called Crazy Salsa, so anyone can enroll in an … Open
On every street and beach of the city, you can meet locals who sell emeralds and elegant jewelry at incredibly low prices. Of course, there could be no question of any value of the so-called "stones" - they all pass ordinary glass off as emeralds.
Cartagena 1 In general, street vendors are one of the main distinguishing features of Cartagena. Regardless of what city district has been chosen for a vacation, you cannot avoid the scrutiny of street vendors and private cab drivers. For many local residents, trade is the main livelihood, so excessive importunity should not be taken as a desire to annoy. The attitude of local residents to visitors is very friendly and welcoming, they will gladly provide any available assistance for material rewards. Over the past 500 years, Cartagena has evolved from a small port town to a first-class resort that remains one of the most popular cities in Colombia.
Cartagena does not cease to attract beach lovers. Coastal areas suitable for water activities and sunbathing can be found both on the mainland and on the nearby picturesque islands, which … Open
Simply no vacation in Cartagena is possible without visiting local historical landmarks, many of which have remained since the colonial period in the history of the city. San Pedro Claver Square is a typical starting point of numerous excursion programs. There is a beautiful cathedral not far from it. The building of the gorgeous church started yet in 1575 and lasted more than 25 years. The cathedral still has many old religious artifacts and precious artworks.
Old Cartagena The picturesque Bolivar Square is located nearby. It is famous for the statue of the first president of Columbia that is installed there. Cartagena is also home to several interesting museums, with the archaeological one being the most frequently visited. Several archaeological teams work in the outskirts of the city, and their precious findings are available at the museum. Tourists can also attend some archaeological sites during an excursion.
One of the main "hotel values" of Cartagena is its unique hotels housed in buildings with centuries of history. The prestigious Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel can be found in a former … Open
The Museum of History is another interesting venue. It is open in a beautiful old building that belonged to a female monastery in the past. The building, which dates back to the 16th century, is a precious archaeological artifact itself. The Las Bovedas prison building is definitely one of the most unusual historical landmarks in the region. It was also finished in the 16th century. Nowadays, the attractive building has become home to numerous shops that offer various goods, including locally sourced products and interesting souvenirs. Finally, the picturesque Cartagena waterfront is the best destination for going out in the evening. There are several attractive old buildings not far from the waterfront.
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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Cartagena
♥   Shopping area ' Downtown' Cartagena de Indias, 3.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' San Martín Ave.' Cartagena de Indias, 4.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Cartagena
♥   Natural National Park 'Los Corales Del Rosario Y De San Bernardo' , 23.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sightseeing in Colombia: things to see

Santa Maria is the oldest city of Columbia, so it has many interesting places to visit. Travellers should not forget to visit the Museum of Bolivar that exhibits a large collection of precious items. One more important landmark is located close to the central part of the city. This is La Villa de San Pedro Alexandrino, which was constructed in the 17th century. This is the place where Simon Bolivar spent last years of his life. When it comes to religious landmarks, the most famous one is Santa Maria Cathedral, the building of which was started in the 17th century and lasted nearly 100 years. … Open
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