Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, Cartagena

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Wander the mighty fortifications of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, which played a crucial role in protecting gold shipped back to Spain by conquistadors in the New World. Originally completed in 1536 and expanded twice in the 17th and 18th centuries, the complex system of bunkers, batteries, and parapets represents one of the most formidable accomplishments in the history of Spanish military architecture. Walk the walls, explore the maze-like network of tunnels that links the different parts of the fort, and enjoy panoramic views from its highest point. You'll find little written information throughout the castle, so rent an audio guide if you want to learn about its history. Plan my day in Cartagena using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • We followed others advice and went first thing in the morning. It was still super hot. Bring water. We took a taxi 10k peso which was probably a bit higher than it should be. The Castle took credit... 
    We followed others advice and went first thing in the morning. It was still super hot. Bring water. We took a taxi 10k peso which was probably a bit higher than it should be. The Castle took credit...  more »
  • Essential to visit if you are in Cartagena. Might be a little tough for people in a wheelchair, but overall beautiful and great thing to do in the city. It's also not a far walk from walled city... 
    Essential to visit if you are in Cartagena. Might be a little tough for people in a wheelchair, but overall beautiful and great thing to do in the city. It's also not a far walk from walled city...  more »
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  • I strongly advice not to waist your money and time here. Specially don’t come if the heat and sun are too strong. If you really feel you want to visit this place I would come very early or at sunset. The line to buy the tickets its usually long and slow but the worst part is the hundreds of street vendors trying to sell you and umbrella, a hat or water. They will be very very pushy and annoying. If you are already here you must have: a hat, big bottle of water and maybe they will ignore you. The ticket is not super expensive but the views are not cool, the museography is non existent, there are no tours unless you paid for private ones and the view from the top is super boring. This fort is more of you explore and google if you have questions. There are a couple of sign with information but it’s boring and not very helpful. I didn’t learn anything at the end. Skip this place and go to city and enjoy a cocktail, you will thank me later.
  • A must visit when in Cartagena. I would recommend going here as soon as they open so that the sun is not as harsh. The tunnels and architectural importance of the castle and its capability to defend the city is worth a visit. A very rich history and a great place to spend and hr or two

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