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The fortified town of Cartagena has an enviable position overlooking the Caribbean coast.

Founded in 1533 this historic town is extremely well preserved and wandering through its colorful streets is like taking a step back in time.

The sultry climate is typically Caribbean with an average temperature of 28°C year round.

No visit to Colombia is complete without a visit to this stunning colonial beach town.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Cartagena

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Cartagena, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Cartagena

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Cartagena. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Room at Las Islas, Baru

      Hotel Las Islas

      First Class

      Claiming a premier spot on Isla Barú near Cartagena, Las Islas combines a Maldivian-style resort with an eco-glamping experience and a Caribbean beach setting, as well as fine-dining restaurants, infinity pools and water sports.

    • Hotel Alfiz, Cartagena

      Hotel Alfiz

      Simple

      Alfitz is situated in Cartagena's historic center, in a colonial house dating from the 17th century.

    • Roof terrace, Casa San Agustin Cartagena

      Casa San Agustin

      First Class

      A beautiful small hotel lovingly restored from three colonial buildings to create an exclusive but relaxed 30 room accommodation option in the center of Cartagena's Old Town.

    • Hotel Ananda, Cartagena

      Hotel Ananda

      Medium

      Located in the heart of the old town this boutique hotel offers all the luxury and service one would expect.

    • Sofitel Santa Clara, Colonial Suite, Cartagena

      Sofitel Santa Clara

      First Class

      Originally a seventeenth century convent, the Sofitel Santa Clara is a beautiful example of Spanish Colonial architecture with rooms looking over the Caribbean ocean.

    Ideas for experiencing Cartagena

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Cartagena, and which use the best local guides.

    • Hotel San Pedro de Majagua, Islas del Rosario

      Day Trip to Isla Majagua

      Cartagena

      Time to take to the waters of the Caribbean for a day trip out to Hotel San Pedro de Majagua located on one of the islands of the Isla Rosario chain.

    • Cartagena, Colombia

      Cartagena Half Day Tour of the Walled City

      Cartagena

      This leisurely half-day tour on foot of Cartagena’s idyllic old colonial town works wonderfully as a small history lesson combined with some stunning architecture.

    • Cartagena, Colombia

      Cartagena City Tour

      Cartagena

      This half day tour takes you to the Castillo de San Félipe de Barajas -the greatest fortress ever built by the Spanish in the colonies. It is an impressive structure erected between 1639 an 1657.