The Walled City


Nestled on the Caribbean coast, Cartagena’s Walled City (Ciudad Amurallada) stands as a monumental relic of colonial history and a vibrant testament to Colombian heritage. Encircled by the robust fortifications built by the Spanish in the 16th century, these walls were constructed to ward off pirates and protect the city’s treasured status as a hub for gold and emerald trade.

A Colonial Legacy

The Walled City beckons travelers with its cobblestone streets and brilliantly colored colonial houses adorned with bougainvillea. A walk through the Old Town is a journey through time, where the historic Plaza Santo Domingo and the iconic Torre del Reloj serve as gateways to the city’s storied past.

Tasting Cartagena’s Cuisine

Cartagena’s gastronomy within the Walled City offers a taste of the Caribbean with a fusion of indigenous, African, and Spanish flavors. Visitors delight in sampling arepas de huevo (stuffed corn cakes), ceviche Cartagenero, and coastal coconut rice, providing a flavorful insight into the local culture.

Cartagena’s Cultural Heartbeat

Cultural events abound, with the most illustrious being the Cartagena International Music Festival, transforming the city into a symphony of classical music each January. Meanwhile, the Festival of the Caribbean and the Cartagena Film Festival spotlight the city’s rich tapestry of arts and cinema.

In every corner of the Walled City, history whispers tales of conquest and, while the present culture pulses with the rhythm of everyday Colombian life. The Palacio de la Inquisición stands as a sobering reminder of the city’s colonial past, with its baroque architecture housing artifacts and exhibits that tell the darker side of the city’s history.

Architectural Gems

Venture further into the heart of the Walled City to discover the San Pedro Claver Church and Convent, a tribute to the patron saint of slaves and a striking example of religious colonial architecture. Here, visitors find serene courtyards and historical relics, a peaceful respite from the lively streets outside.

Handcrafted Heritage

Shopping in the Walled City offers a treasure trove of local handicrafts. From the vibrant Plaza de las Bóvedas, with its rows of arcades filled with hand-woven bags to the fine filigree jewelry of Las Bovedas, each piece tells a story of Cartagena’s artisanal legacy.

As night falls, the city transforms. The warm glow of lanterns lights up the ancient pathways, and the sounds of salsa and champeta music invite locals and travelers alike to dance. Rooftop bars and restaurants offer panoramic views of the old city, where the modern-day vibrancy of Cartagena comes to life against the backdrop of its historical grandeur.

The Timeless City

The Walled City of Cartagena is not merely a destination but an experience—a confluence of history, culture, and Colombian spirit. It stands as a vibrant testimony to the resilience and beauty of its people, a must-visit for any traveler seeking to immerse themselves in the essence of Colombia.

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Discover Cartagena on a Free City Tour

World Free Tours wants to help travelers like you get the most out of Cartagena. We believe that Free Walking Tours are great options to experience the city not only because they are informative but also entertaining, and budget-friendly.

No need to pay any fees upfront. Instead, you can join the tour simply by making an online reservation, and if you enjoy the tour, you may tip the guide at the end.

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Free Tours in Cartagena

A Free Walking Tour of Cartagena de Indias, or the Free Walking Tour of Getsemani. Join in and discover the main landmarks of the Walled City of Cartagena, the jewel of the Caribbean.

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