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Cartagena de Indias

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

General Information

Arts/Theater

Teatro Heredia Adolfo Mejia: This is the main exhibition stage of the city which was built in 1911, events such as Cartagena International Music Festival, Hay Festival (literature) and International Movie Festival every year take place.

Architecture and Museums

Military structures, such as the walls, bastions and fortresses, stand next to a well preserved colonial and republican city. Cartagena is home to many churches located in the Historic Center and Cerro de la Popa. A visit to the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, The Gold Museum, Museum of Modern Arts, and the Museum of History and Inquisition are some of the places not to be missed.

Leisure

Just 30 minutes away from Cartagena is a chain of lovely islands, where visitors can enjoy the warm and sparkling turquoise‑colored water. Scuba diving and snorkeling are one of the best ways to get better acquainted with one of the most important natural parks in Colombia.

Shopping

One such place full of gift items and souvenirs is the famous Bóvedas, antique stores inside the walled city have unique items that tell secrets of Cartagena's past. Also you can find Colombian emeralds of the highest purity or visit shops owned and operated by famous Colombian fashion designers.

Gastronomy and Nightlife

Our food is a combination of Arab, Spanish, Caribbean, African and indigenous. The streets of Cartagena are alive with the aromas of foods brought here by the Spanish, the natives and the Africans, which blend together to produce an extraordinary fusion of scents and tastes. The typical cuisine is prepared with fresh ingredients that blend fruits like the coconut, plantain, mango and corozo, as well as seafood and fish. Enjoy the bars at the Historic Center: Places like Dónde Fidel, Habana, Bazurto Social Club and Quiebra Canto showcase the Caribbean experience and the arsenal Street.

Events

The city is host to numerous cultural events that please just about every taste. Musical concerts come in various styles. Other lively and thrilling celebrations include Independence Day festivities and the gastronomic festivals featuring desserts and fritters competitions. Visitors and natives alike enjoy films under the stars and the heated literary debates during the Mapfre Hay Festival.