7 Great things to do in Cartagena de Indias
The little city on the coast of Caribbean filled with colorful buildings, smiling people, history in every corner and love for everyone. This is Cartagena de Indias, the colonial town with all its heart pumping for you to fall in love with the city and somehow keep staying, even do you are doing nothing more than walking around in the street and taking a picture of the street art and the quirky buildings filled with flowers and personality.
7 great things to do in Cartagena de Indias
Is inspired as always of the fact that I like to do something not all. To be honest in Cartagena you can do more or all because it’s small city center.
1. Historical Center; the Old Town
Entering the old town by the historic clock tower, you enter a time machine and walk past buildings that pretty much haven’t changed for 300 years. Buildings in yellow, green, blue, purple and pink they are all there. Then fascinated by all the decorative doors and doorknob that is presenting different occupations, social status, and wealth in life. The Iguana for Royalty, Fish or Mermaid for Merchant Class.
If you think you have seen it all in one day, then think again. This little pearl is worth walking around for some days and get lost in the streets and continue discovering new corner and Plazas.
Free walking tour is always a great idea to get some history and the best sight on your radar.
2. Getsemani the cool area of Cartagena de Indias
Gestemani the urban neighborhood where locals mix with tourists. Plaza Trinidad the heart of Getsemani. People from all over the world center around and exchange: language, food, laughs and sometimes a beer until the police arrive and keep order on the plaza.
It is a must visit in the day time for all the great street art and by night for the vibrant energy and entertainment that can be found on the street.
3. Castillo San Felipe de Barajas
Built by the Spanish during the Colonial time since then been fighting many battles against pirates, English men, and the Jenkins War. Castel has endless of history and tunnels. In 1984 the castle was listed as a World Heritage Site.
There are many options to see and discover the castle. This time we did the cheapest one, only paying the entrance fee of 9 US dollars and walked around and enjoyed the site.
4. Salsa, Cumbia and more at Fidel Bar
If you don’t want to pay for entrance at Cafe Havana in Gestemani (should do that one night) Then spend a night at Fidel Bar a great mix of different types of Salsa: Shock, Cubana, Colombiana and more that I honestly don’t remember the name on. Of course the emerging of locals and tourist dancing together and enjoying the night.
On Wednesday If you are young and wild hit the Media Luna Party in the hostel and enjoy the Roof-top Terrace with a view of Getsemani. Of course a lot of Reggaeton music and expensive beer. Have a pre-party before hitting the Party. Enjoy dancing the night away!
5. Sunset at Cafe Del Mar
If you want to benefit from the sunset with a more expensive cocktail, then enter Cafe del Mar and enjoy a Panorama view of Cartagena de Indias in Sunset. If you want the budget friendly; buy a beer from the street vendors, of course, negotiating the price correctly and the new sit down on the walls of Cartagena de Indias and enjoy the same View at Cafe del Mar in a more inexpensive way.
6. Getsemani: Plaza Trinidad & Street Food
In the neighborhood of Getsemani, you have to visit Plaza Trinidad, because this is where everybody hangs out! It is a most to get an evening in at Plaza Trinidad, walk around and pick something you would like to eat, what about Arepa, Empanada, Ceviche, Patacón or maybe Sushi or Hamurgesa? There is something for everyone to stuff into. For dessert, I would go for Mango with Salt & Lemon. Or go dancing to see if there will be room for more food!
7. Spanish Classes
Everything is more fun when you can speak the language and by this learn some Spanish. If you are up for a challenge, hit yourself up with a Spanish class and get involved in the language, culture, and new Colombian Friends. One day you will be listening to your Colombian friends understand when they speak gossip! Incredible moment.
I had a great experience with Nueva Lengua Spanish School in Colombia. Spanish courses in Bogota, Cartagena, and Medellín
When you are in Cartagena de Indias, there is easy access to Playa Blanca and the Rossario Islands. Decide for a tour and roll with it.
Anything you want to recommend doing in Cartagena de Indias? Or haven’t been and want to go?