Walled City of Cartagena, Cartagena

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Wander the historical streets of Walled City of Cartagena, an old district full of vibrant colonial architecture and heritage sites. Surrounded by 11 km (6.8 mi) of thick stone walls, the old city was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century. The vast fortifications, begun after an attack by Francis Drake, took two centuries in total to complete, as the city faced frequent damage from storms and pirate attacks. As well as the historical churches, mansions, plazas, and other buildings, the area boasts plentiful restaurants, cafes, and street vendors. Consider checking the cruise schedule before planning your visit: the old town clogs with tourists when several cruise ships unload on the same day. Walled City of Cartagena is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , international travel planner Edition.
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  • A joyful 30 minute brisk walk on and around the wall for morning exercise, with the welcomed Caribbean Sea breeze to cool off. A magnificent structure encompassing the old city. So much history and....  more »
  • Really enjoyed walking around the city getting lost in the different alleys checking out the shops, architecture, and history. I really enjoyed the area with graffiti art on the alley walls that...  more »
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  • You can’t miss this city. It is gorgeous and lovely. Filled with many locals. Breathtaking sunsets can be seen here as well. There are many coffee shops, restaurants, bars, whatever you’d like.
  • This area is beatiful, many picturesque streets and homes. The hanging flowers and colors are awesome. There are more vendors here than anywhere I have visited in the world. A simple "no gracias" (or two) will suffice. Lots of restaurants to enjoy as well. Definitely worth visiting!
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