Cartagena or Cartagena de Indias, capital of Bolivar department is the fifth largest city in Colombia. Located on the Carribean coast, the city is known for its grand colonial mansions, plazas, beautiful beaches and a vibrant lifestyle, making it Colombia's top tourist destination.
Cartagena is reminiscent of the days gone by. One of Colombia's favourite destination, Cartagena once used to be the most important bastion of Spanish overseas empire. The main highlight of Cartagena is an old walled city with colonial walls stretching over 13 kilometres. The old city houses numerous mansions, majestic churches, plazas, museums, all painted in bright pastel shades. The city was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage in 1984. Being a cultural hub, lots of festivals and events take place throughout the year. Cartagena leaves its visitors bewitched with its colonial charm, a stroll through the cobbled alleys will definitely give you an escape to the medieval past. On the other side of the city, you will see the modern day Bocagrande with a skyline filled with skyscrapers, luxury hotels and restaurants. The fast pace of the outer town leaves its visitors surprised as they get a glimpse into the life of today's carteganos.
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