Cartagena is a port city with a tropical climate located on the Caribbean coast of Colombia.
Among its most touristic places are Barú Island with its white-sand beaches and palm trees; the Rosario Islands, famous for its vibrant coral reefs; and the Old Walled-City, which was founded in the 16th century.
Cartagena de Indias is the most famous tourist destination in the country. Due to its strategic location in the Caribbean, it was the main port of the Spanish empire in America during the colonial period and a refuge for treasures and riches. For this reason, the city had to be protected against pirate attacks with fortifications and walls that can still be seen today, and which earned it the recognition of UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1984.
In its squares, cobblestone streets, and colorful colonial buildings, you can see the vestiges of colonial and republican architecture contrasted with modern structures that show the mixture of different cultures.
The city offers 11 kilometers of beaches and an archipelago of nearby islands, ideal for enjoying the breeze, the sun, and practicing all kinds of water sports. It also has streets, alleys, walls, squares, parks, and natural settings where you can feel and live the mixture of different cultures, which will make you understand why Cartagena is considered the cradle of the magical realism.