Ancient city walls
Cartagena's most beautiful attractions are located inside the ancient city walls, built to protect the seaport from pirates. The historic city centre is a charming string of brightly coloured houses, shaded courtyards and bustling squares. Stroll through the city gate with the clock tower to the main square Plaza Bolivar. Here you will find the old cathedral, the gold museum and the notorious Palace of the Inquisition with its monumental facade. For lunch or coffee grab a spot on the lovely Plaza Santo Domingo. Don't forget to give a friendly tap to the voluptuous statue of La Gorda Gertrudis: this will bring good fortune, according to the cartageneros. Cartagena is the ideal destination for a city trip and the perfect starting point for a longer holiday in Colombia. Expect to be surprised: book a flight to Cartagena now!
Snorkelling at Playa Blanca
To venture outside the city walls, begin with a visit to the castle of San Felipe de Barajas. From the walls of this impressive 16th-century fortress you enjoy a spectacular view of the city and the harbour. Another intriguing attraction is the ingenious tunnel complex used by the Spaniards as an escape route, which you can now explore at your leisure. The sparkling Caribbean Ocean beckons: visit the Barú peninsula and soak up the Caribbean vibe at Playa Blanca beach. Playa Blanca is an excellent snorkelling destination: explore the breathtaking underwater world of colourful coral and tropical fish. Afterwards, relax with a cocktail on the white sandy beach and feast your eyes on a gorgeous sunset.
Flights to Cartagena for a fascinating city trip
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