Top 500 places to visit before you die (P.179) Cartagena: Colorful fortress city of Colombia


( Cartagena is the capital of the state of Bolívar and Colombia's fifth-largest city. After years of conflict and cartels, the city is now becoming one of Colombia's most attractive destinations.

Cartagena attracts many tourists because of its brightly colored Latin American old streets, colorful houses, fortresses overlooking the sea, and vibrant nightlife.


Cartagena is located on the Caribbean coast and is surrounded by beautiful beaches and islands. Visitors can relax on Playa Blanca's white sand beaches, swim in the clear waters, or take a boat trip to one of the nearby islands, such as the Rosario Islands National Natural Park.


Founded in 1533, Cartagena was once a busy trading port of the Spanish empire. Due to its strategic location for trade in the Caribbean, Cartagena was often attacked by pirates, so this city had many fortified fortresses. That's why Cartagena is also called the "Fortress City". In 1984, the city and fortress system of Cartagena were recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The system of walls and preserved colonial architectural works include churches, convents, squares, and colorful houses with bougainvillea-shaded balconies jutting out into the street. Walking through the cobbled streets, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of the city.


Cartagena's old town area is the most attractive to tourists. After visiting the city's typical buildings, visitors can immerse themselves in the vibrant rhythm of Latin American music performed at Trinity Square, where locals and tourists often gather. You can watch street artists and dancers play music and dance until late at night.


Cartagena also has a delicious and diverse cuisine influenced by African, European, and indigenous heritage. Visitors can try traditional Colombian dishes such as arepas, bandeja paisa and empanadas, or can enjoy fresh seafood at one of the city's many riverside restaurants.


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