BPW - About Cartagena
Cartagena de Indias is located on the north side of Colombia. It is known as the Heroic City, and it is considered the most important tourist destination in the country. The city, founded in 1533 by Pedro de Heredia, upholds vestiges of colonial and republican architecture, which can still be appreciated.
Cartagena has different methods of transportation, such as yellow taxis, buses (Transcaribe), rental cars, rental bicycles etc. However, registered yellow taxis are the most recommended transportation for long distances. It is recommended to pay in the national currency, Colombian pesos, even if they are willing to accept other currencies. Inside the city, especially in the historical sector, the distances are quite short, so it is recommended to walk while you enjoy the amazing views, places or restaurants.
Please, we strongly recommend contacting people from the hotel to help you find authorized renting places or guiding tours.
Cartagena has a great variety of museums, monuments, streets, walls, colonial houses and different ideal sites to rediscover the city’s history.
Catedral basísilica metropolitan de Santa Catalina de Alejandría
Cartagena’s Cathedral is located in the old city. Its construction began in 1577 and finished in 1612. This monument replaced a modest cathedral, which is why it remains under construction. During the building process, this cathedral had to face strong attacks, which caused severe damages that delayed its completion. Its decoration includes an exhibition of a gilded altar from the 18th century, a marble pulpit and sophisticated arcades that support the central nave. According to several opinions: “this church is a wonderful throwback to the old world”.
Museum of Rafael Núñez’s House
This museum is located in the residence of the four-time President and Colombian Poet, Rafael Núñez. This house is an extraordinary piece of national architecture. In this place, all his personal belongings and some of his poets are exhibited.
The Castle of San Felipe de Barajas
The Castle of San Felipe de Barajas is one of Cartagena’s most iconic landmarks; a place visited by almost all tourists who travel to the city. It also has a remarkable history, stretching back over 480 years. The castle has been invaded by pirates, admirals, and barons in its long history, but stands proudly to this day.
This restaurant was created in 1956 and is one of the most famous and traditional restaurants in Cartagena. It is well known for having a historic and marine atmosphere, due to the fact that is located inside the oldest colonial naval fortress in Cartagena bay.
This archipelago is formed by 28 islands, located 35 km away from Cartagena. Beaches are quite white and the seawater is incredibly crystalline. In addition, the National Natural Park “Corales del Rosario y de San Bernardo” can be found in these islands.