Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, Cartagena: Hours, Address, Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas Reviews: 4.5/5

Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Castles
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Cartagena was always a desirable conquest for pirates and enemies of the Spanish Crown; and for this reason, the defense of the city from these threats was a question of priority for its inhabitants from the first decades of the existence of the city. Once the primitive nucleus of Cartagena and the outlying district of Getsemani were fortified, there was a need to erect a structure on San Lazaro Hill that would prevent an enemy attack from its peak, since the hill dominated the walls and the only entrance to the city, the Media Luna Entrance in Getsemani. In addition, this hill was the intermediate point between the city and the nearby Popa Peak, where some heavy guns and canons were installed between 1769 and 1780 to cross fire with the castle and make an enemy attack more difficult from the large beach of Playon Grande in Pie de la Popa.
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718juan
Fayetteville, North Carolina3 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
This was a beautiful and impressive Spanish fort.

Recommendations:

1) Bring a hat or pay for one. It's very sunny and there is minimal shade. On January was 90+ F (32 C) and very sunny.

2) Bring water or pay for it. There is no potable water once you pass security.

3) A tour guide may be beneficial. We didn't want one because we had limited time. There are not many descriptive signs around and the ones present have minimal context. There were official guides past security and have read that there are inexpensive, knowledgeable and informative.
Written January 20, 2022
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JCReviews001
New York City, NY8 contributions
Dec 2021
Beautiful construction but there are hardly any signs to explain what you're looking at. It's a steep climb up and is worthwhile seeing but the biggest disappointment is that there is very little history offered to understand the context of the fort and at the top you're rewarded, yes with a sweeping view, but with yet another tourist souvenir shop, which I hadn't expected literally on top of a historical structure.
Written January 5, 2022
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Cory M
41 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
Not really a castle but more of a fort. Good views of the city. An interesting look at historical significance of Cartegna. Not that much to do or see at the fort
Written January 1, 2022
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Rafaela C
Stanmore, UK101 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Overpriced & not worth it.
Entrance is too expensive for what this place is. Decent view at the top and that’s it.
Written December 24, 2021
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Archie
Glenmoore, PA4,972 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
This is a must visit in this area. The views are breathtaking. We had a taxi driver francisco who took us around and waited for us. He was very reliable. You need vaccinations cards to enter on your phone. You pay for your tickets. Hike your way up. See the most incredible views of the city. They have small areas for cannons and a shop. Lots of vendors selling. It was a great experience about 30 min. Its very hot dress appropriately, sunglasses, hat, water
Written December 18, 2021
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Ira S
Tucson, AZ825 contributions
Dec 2021
This is one of the must see destinations when you visit Cartagena It is a short and easy climb to the top. Once there, you have a commanding view. Our vaccination status was checked before we were allowed to hike to the top.
Well worth an hour or two of your time....
Written December 14, 2021
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Eugene C
New York City, NY13 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
I enjoyed walking around the fortress, while learning its history from our guide (his nick name was Speedy something…). He was knowledgeable and very eager to deliver its historical significance. Also, his English was clear and easy to understand.

Without a guided tour, it would have been less interesting, especially considering the situation of waking under the sizzling sun. He was the best guide I’ve ever met in Cartagena.

Hope Cartagena had more professional guides like him. The guided tour price was upfront and transparent (I mean, most of the places didn’t have this kind of transparency... So many scams that had ruined our Cartagena tour…).
Written December 13, 2021
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Ravi A
Flemington, NJ325 contributions
Dec 2021
Beautiful old fort. Be prepared for a walk on a steep climb on hot day can get to you.
Must get the picture with the bugle player.
Written December 12, 2021
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Willy W
36 contributions
Dec 2021
As of December 2021 you need to show evidence of vaccination. I was able to show a photocopy to the guard. There are some great views from the upper levels. There are plenty of photo opportunities here.
Written December 8, 2021
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becks
Pasadena, CA2 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
If you need a guide, go directly to SPEAKER. He was hella hilarious and SO entertaining. He brought the whole experience to life.
Written November 27, 2021
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