INTRODUCING CARTAGENA DE INDIAS
A city rich with legends and uncommonly beautiful, Cartegena de Indias is an enchanting maze of ancient streets and plazas, al fresco cafés and towering churches. Your centrally placed luxury hotel puts you in prime position for a unique and evocative city break.
Balconies overflowing with flowers line the old streets of this Colombian highlight.
Things to do
You need go no further than Cartagena’s Old Town to appreciate the city’s essence. The inner walled town that encompasses El Centro and San Diego is glorious. From the restful comfort of your boutique hotel, stroll up the Hill of La Popa, topped by a grand 17th-century former convent, for the finest panoramic views.
Being on Colombia’s northern coast, Cartegena de Indias is just ten minutes drive away from superb windsurfing, sea kayaking and jet-ski territory. You could also take the 45-minute boat trip to the unspoilt Islas del Rosario National Park. Here visitors can scuba dive in the clear waters and explore fascinating coral reefs.
FOOD & DRINK
Fine dining in Cartegena de Indias is often all about exquisite seafood. Tiny, almost hidden restaurants serve the world’s best ceviche, while grand old colonial properties house rightly famous eateries like La Vitriola. Elsewhere, succulent steaks and perfectly matched wines are very much on the menu.
Feast your eyes on pre-colonial gold treasures of rare intricacy and beauty at the Gold Museum.
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