The Top Things To See And Do In Cartagena


Explore Old Town

Old Town is one of Cartagena’s most endearing districts, enclosed by stone walls flanked with palms and dotted with old fortresses. Old Town, or Cuidad Amurallada, has been restored impressively and is a center home to several good museums, busy plazas, ancient churches, and plenty of shops offering an array of things to do in the city’s most interesting quarter. Years of restructuring have seen new restaurants and hotels built within Old Town which now means tourists can find commendable accommodations where they were once lacking. Pedro de Heredia founded the city in 1533 when it was South America’s only port to the mainland. Historically, the city had been looted and attacked by pirates for years and was also home to one of the most prominent African slave markets of the New World. Today, it’s a bustling center that’s as interesting to sit back and watch as it is to explore.

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