Old Town, made up of the San Diego and El Centro districts, is a popular area for sightseeing during a Cartagena holiday. A myriad of churches, monasteries, plazas and stately homes make it entertaining to wander through the districts on foot. Visit the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, a Spanish fort commissioned in 1630 to protect the city. The trek to the top will get your leg muscles burning, but you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the area. You can also tour the tunnels under the fortress, which transported provisions and supplies. Those with more macabre interests will enjoy the Palace of Inquisition. Once a headquarters for punishing heresy in the 1600s, it's now a museum that displays ancient torture devices and other relics.
Be sure to taste the flavours of traditional Colombian fare on your holiday, like street-cart empanadas or fresh ceviche. You can also head over to the Getsemaní neighbourhood, a restaurant hot spot, to order up everything from pizza to tapas.
Flights to Cartagena land at Rafael Núñez International Airport. Once you land, your best bet on getting to your Cartagena accommodation is by bus or taxi. You can also book one of Wotif’s Cartagena car hire deals to get around on your own time.
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Hotels in Cartagena start at AU$44 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.