Aaaaah you beautiful Cartagena! The city that conquered my heart with its charming little streets filled with beautiful colorful colonial houses. Its little squares filled with street musicians, dancers and streetfood stands will make you fall in love. Oh Cartagena, you just have it all. Located on the Caribean Coast of Colombia, this city is the perfect getaway in South-America for a short trip.
The Historical Center of Cartagena is surrounded by an ancient city wall. It is nice to climb on top of the wall and to admire the beautiful view over the city and its stunning old colonial houses.
Head into the historical center and have a chat with the charismatic locals who can advise you the best places to eat & drink. Don’t forget to eat a Ceviche, a cocktail of cold fresh fish! I had one of the best I have ever eaten in Colombia, just a little outside of the wall of the historical center, on a little square with several Ceviche stands next to each other. Sip a fresh coconut while walking on the cobbled stone streets and enjoy some juicy fruit of the generous fruit stands you can find on every corner of the street.
One thing that I really love about Cartagena is the contrast in architecture. There is a mix of old and new facades which gives an interesting touch to the city.
As I mentioned before, the locals of Cartagena are one of the nicest people. Don’t take yourself too serious and practice your Spanish by making some good old jokes with them. In return you will receive some good advice of where to go and where not to go.
Then head out of the Historical Center, away from the touristy vibe, to experience the real more artsy, laidback Colombian lifestyle. Getsemani is the place to be! This neighborhood has it all. The streets are filled with amazing wall art, dance performances and even free Zumba and Salsa classes on the Plaza de la Santisima Trinidad. This square usually gets very busy in the evenings because of the little restaurants around it and it serves as a meet up point for lots of Colombians aswell as foreigners, ready for a night out.
Then go to the wall that is surrounding Getsemani, watch the locals playing baseball and climb on top of the wall afterwards, take some beers with you and just chill at the waterside while enjoying the sunset falling over the skyline of skyscrapers.
Do you think you could fall in love with Cartagena like I did?