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Top Choice Fortress in Cartagena

Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

This is the greatest fortress ever built by the Spaniards in any of their colonies and it still dominates an entire section of Cartagena's cityscape today. It should definitely be your first choice of fortresses to …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Cartagena


A welcome addition to the Old Town's drinking scene, this smart place occupies three floors of a gorgeous colonial building. The ground floor is a sleek, low-lit lounge bar perfect for an aperitif, while upstairs th…
Top Choice Ceviche in Cartagena

El Boliche

This delightful place has slowly made its way onto the tourist map, but it remains relatively obscure and is still not overrun. Come here for superb, imaginatively created and beautifully served up ceviche, the brai…
Top Choice Cafe in Cartagena


Excellent Colombian coffee, fresh juices, full breakfasts and an innovative selection of daily lunch and dinner dishes, Beiyu is a little slice of organic, sustainable heaven in the heart of Getsemaní and gets top p…
Top Choice Museum in Cartagena

Palacio de la Inquisición

The Palace of the Inquisition may today be one of the finest buildings in the city, but in the past it housed the notoriously grisly Inquisition, whose bloody task it was to stamp out heresy in colonial Cartagena. T…
Top Choice Colombian in Cartagena


Hard to beat for a good story, Interno is a restaurant inside Cartagena's women's prison that raises money for the rehabilitation of its inmates, who cook for and wait upon you. Trained by a top Bogotá chef, the coo…
Top Choice Club in Cartagena

Café Havana

Café Havana has it all: live salsa from horn-blowing Cubans, strong drinks, a gorgeous horseshoe bar surrounded by brilliant eccentrics, wood-paneled walls and a ceiling full of whirring fans. While it's no secret t…
Old Town in Cartagena

Old Town

Without doubt, Cartagena's old city is its principal attraction, particularly the inner walled town, consisting of the historical districts of El Centro and San Diego. It is a real gem of colonial architecture, pack…
Island in Islas del Rosario

Isla Grande

The largest and most developed of these islands, Isla Grande is indeed also the biggest. There's a large lagoon perfect for swimming in unbelievably blue waters and several sleeping options.
Museum in Cartagena

Convento & Iglesia de San Pedro Claver

Founded by Jesuits in the first half of the 17th century as Convento San Ignacio de Loyola, this convent's name was later changed in honor of Spanish-born monk Pedro Claver (1580–1654), who lived and died here. Call…