A vibrant hub of cultural diversity, Cartagena has a captivating history dating back to 4000BC.
European, Indian and Caribbean influences fuse together to form a city like no other and it has justly been a designated UNESCO World Heritage site for many years. Visitors are spoilt for choice – tropical beaches, pretty colonial architecture, an impressive fort and lively bars are just a few highlights from this up-and-coming destination. This city is host to some of the most outstanding luxury boutique hotels in Latin America – and any holiday to Colombia would be incomplete without staying a night or two. Those interested in history will not be disappointed as the city’s rich past can be traced back through the various museum collections, including the interesting Joyeria Caribe Museum which focuses on the mining industry. The old walled city is a joy to walk around and the beautiful warm climate perfect for outside dining or romantic horse-drawn carriage rides through the city. Here visitors can admire the multi-coloured buildings which are painted in a classically Colombian style, not to mention extremely photogenic. The streets are lively and yet feel traditional, with plenty of colonial architecture and local women selling baskets of fruit. For a mix of city and beach, Cartagena can also offer some fabulous destinations just a short distance away, due to its convenient location on the Caribbean coastline. The city beaches are pleasant enough, but the true beauty lies further out to sea, where there is a collection of islands which truly represent paradise. The Rosario Islands sit surrounded by turquoise ocean, coral reef and palm-lined white sands and a day trip by boat will give you a taster of this idyllic island escape.