Centro Historico
Centro Historico
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Usia2014
Calgary, Canada1,885 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
With colourful buildings and flowers in pots on colonial balconies, architectural details and cobble stone streets the ‘Centro historico’ area is a great place to take pictures. There were several women and their daughters wearing folk dresses in the colours of Colombia and walking around with fruit baskets on their heads. Understandably, they wanted money to have their pictures taken, but it makes for interesting photos and we don’t see that in Canada!
Written June 4, 2023
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Tony C
Vero Beach, FL6,704 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Filled with history, art, sculpture,fine dining to its colorful architecture and of course friendly and accommodating people! This is the must see city of Colombia. The culture runs deep and so does its attractions. From the ancient castle. To the “Fat Lady” sculpture to the street performers and vendors on the street. To the amazing and colorful buildings throughout the walled city. The duality between the mod#rn in the downtown and shorelines areas to the ancient Walled City environment...Caartagena is and historic marvel!
Written January 8, 2020
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Norosk
Piestany, Slovakia113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The historical center is very interesting where you can find almost everything - bars, cafes, restaurants, shops... When looking for some shop you will be offered help from random salesmen who will eventually get money from the restaurant they bring you in and yes, you will be paying for that. The price can rise up to 100% of your bill. My recommendation is to find your place of interest yourself. Man needs to be careful here. The whole center is very nice though and is worth to visit it.
Written November 29, 2022
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Stefanie H
Lincoln, NE1,644 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
This area is so charming! Lots of beautiful architecture, shops, and cafes to see, along with walking on the city walls. If the vendors are too much for you, you might consider taking a walking tour with a guide in order to see more without being bothered. Or going early in the morning is another great option. Don't miss the candy street market right behind the clock tower - it's so cute!
Written September 27, 2022
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Baba D
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Yeah, the old colonial homes are photogenic but the endless hucksterism of virtually everyone is a pain on the ass. You can’t walk two steps without someone shoving a menu, a tacky hat or some other piece of garbage in your face. It gets old really, really fast.
Written August 29, 2022
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Eric L
Daytona Beach, FL38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Lots and lots of small streets with shops, clubs and restaurants on them, teeming with delightful people. We stopped a bunch of times for nibbles and even bought hair products there! Incredibly friendly people all over and we felt safe at all times. A great afternoon out while in Cartagena!
Written June 22, 2021
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,868 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
The walled historic centre of Cartagena is an absolute delight. Full of wonderful colonial buildings, leafy plazas and stunning churches the walls themselves are fantastic to walk along with great sea views and a cooling breeze.
The clock tower marks the main entrance, best thing is to just wander the colourful streets knowing that no mater where you go you'll eventually hit the defensive walls and find your way back.
One of the most beautiful towns in South America in my opinion.
Written July 24, 2022
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SAV - South America Voyager
Medellin, Colombia8,662 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I have been many times to Cartagena and as recently as a few weeks ago and walking the streets of the historic center never gets old rather it can be a magical experience, which it is for me.

Now don't let the vendors and barkers on the street who try to sell you stuff disrupt your moment in this magical old town, just ignore them, and enjoy the ambiance, the architecture, the cobble streets, the lighting, the sounds of horse drawn carriages transporting people, the great restaurants, etc., etc., just enjoy the real old town.

Highly recommend a visit.
Written November 12, 2021
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Robert S
Lawrence, KS2,775 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
The center of town is full of historic site, restaurants, all kinds of stores and vendors. The colors and flowers are everywhere. The people are friendly and you will want to spend more time that you planned.
Great city!
We recommend taking a tour
Written May 29, 2020
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,953 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very well preserved and much smarter than the likes of La Candelaria in Bogota. Beautiful, historic buildings, many balconied, plenty of eateries and smart shops as well as local vendors. Gorgeous place to wander around.
Written February 18, 2024
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