Cartagena is a historic city which used to be the main port for the Spanish to import and export the gold mined in South America. Over the years, Cartagena has grown as a city and has retained the architecture and colonial structures of the "old town", attracting tourists from all over the world. The most animated nightlife shall be found in the walled city. Many tourists enjoy walking along to appreciate the colonial architecture, sampling the exquisite cuisine and mixology, turning Cartagena into the most popular city in Colombia. Its variety of beaches, the Rosario and Baru Islands and colourful mansions seduce travellers of all ages and tastes. A must see if you visit Colombia!
Cartagena was the main city port for the Spaniards to import and export gold that was dug down South America. Founded in 1533, this colonial city became so important that the Spaniards built a castle (San Felipe) to defend it from pirates and other countries because of its strategic location in the Caribbean. With the passing of the years, Cartagena grew as a city and conserved the colonial architecture and structures in the “old town”, attracting tourists from all over the world.