Trip Planner: South America / Colombia / Bolivar Department / Cartagena District / Cartagena / Walled City of Cartagena
Wander the historical streets of Walled City of Cartagena, an old district full of vibrant colonial architecture and heritage sites. Surrounded by 11 km (6.8 mi) of thick stone walls, the old city was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century. The vast fortifications, begun after an attack by Francis Drake, took two centuries in total to complete, as the city faced frequent damage from storms and pirate attacks. As well as the historical churches, mansions, plazas, and other buildings, the area boasts plentiful restaurants, cafes, and street vendors. Consider checking the cruise schedule before planning your visit: the old town clogs with tourists when several cruise ships unload on the same day. PutWalled City of Cartagena into our Cartagena trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
Tours to Walled City of Cartagena
$115 BOOK WITH VIATOR Full-Day Rosario Islands Including Barú, Cholon and Playa Blanca
Duration: 8 hours
$18 BOOK WITH VIATOR City Sightseeing Cartagena Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Shore Excursion
Duration: 1 hour
$40 BOOK WITH VIATOR Walking Tour Cartagena Old City including Gold Museum and Plaza de Bolivar
Duration: 2 hours
$25 BOOK WITH VIATOR Sunset tour Sibarita Express 90 minutes with Open Bar
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Walled City of Cartagena reviews
I like Cartagena. But the peddlers can be extreme. They will sometimes follow you, speaking fast, trying to overwhelm you. I was even called racist. I understand they are trying to make money, but... more »
We stayed in the San Diego section of Cartagena and loved the food, the hotel and the service we received while visiting, but we tired of the constant harassment we experienced while walking the... more »
Cartagena was so beautiful and it’s fun to imagine what it was like before the cruise ships started dropping off hoards of tourists. The colonial buildings and bright colored buildings make it such a romantic city. The hustle and bustle is a touch overwhelming with being asked to buy something every few minutes. The buildings and walls are strong and built for war, adding such a prominence to the city skyline. The contrast from the old town to the new is beautiful. The hot sticky humidity is tough to handle but being on the islands adds a cool breeze that makes it manageable. Cartagena was worth it but Medellín was preferred for us!
You can’t miss this city. It is gorgeous and lovely. Filled with many locals. Breathtaking sunsets can be seen here as well. There are many coffee shops, restaurants, bars, whatever you’d like.
Plan your trip to Cartagena
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Cartagena
Historic Sites in Cartagena
Side trips from Cartagena
Hidden gems in Cartagena
Shopping in Cartagena
Nearby attractions in Cartagena
Trips to Walled City of Cartagena by other users
30 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE Cali Montenegro Salento 18 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM FRANCE Cartagena Tayrona National Park Salento 5 days in Cartagena BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Plaza Santo Domingo Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa 60 days in South America BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE Rio de Janeiro Sao Paulo Asuncion 30 days in Colombia BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE Bogota Salento Montenegro 4 days in Cartagena BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES La Presentacion Casa Museo Arte y Cultura Walled City of Cartagena Plaza de Bolivar