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San Felipe de Barajas Castle

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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...more
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Avenida Antonio Arevalo, Cartagena, Colombia
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Reviewed today

We were fortunate to visit with a local guide who provided an interesting perspective on the history of the fortress. Although the climb is a little steep, it's definitely doable - just take your time (and consider going a little earlier in the morning -...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Reviewed today

The entire back story of this place is amazing - how it was built to protect Spanish interests from English (and other) pirates. It has an amazing view of the city beyond.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Will G
Reviewed yesterday

Really enjoyed visiting the fort. Great views from the top and a great place for photos. Go in the morning or afternoon as it is hot and humid mid day. It is a steep hike to the top also. Lots of cool tunnels inside to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Craig-World-Travelle
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited the fort with a cruise ship tour. The fort is beautiful with great views of the city from the top and lots of history. It’s very well preserved. Our guide was knowledgeable and also advised us to bargain with the many street vendors...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank tagnrocky
Reviewed 3 days ago

The view is amazing and worth the climb, but it definitely is not easy on a hot day - we were there on a day 30C+ with high humidity.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jj_123
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited San Felipe de Barajas Castle after hopping off the Hop On/Hop Off Bus. The fortress holds so much history from colonial days. Spent a couple of hours walking the audio guided tour and listening to the video about its history in what used...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank susanac129
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Good story about Cartagena, its a small room in the top of castle that they play a video about how the castle were build its very good

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Cesar S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

You can see the castle from the city. You get some lovely views from the top. You can get an audio guide but the woman selling the tickets didn’t seem to know about it even though she had told the people before us to go...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lottelli
Reviewed 4 days ago

What a great UNESCO site. Inspirational, beautiful, historic. We visited on a blue-sky day and got the most amazing photos.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Daniel J
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great place to spend half a day exploring the ramparts and parts of the tunnels. Tunnels are quite small and in some places dimly lit which for me added to the atmosphere however if you don’t like small spaces, might be worth avoiding. Has a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Erik S
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November 19, 2017|
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Response from Beachtraveler62 | Reviewed this property |
They take credit cards, buy the tickets at the entrance.
October 22, 2016|
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Response from DRital | Reviewed this property |
You can use either. Price is cheaper with Pesos. But we charged it ourselves. Went to the fort from Celebrity cruise ship ourselves. A ride is required. You can't walk it. We took a taxi. Much cheaper than the... More
April 6, 2016|
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Response from Luis_Andre_Sampaio | Reviewed this property |
It will depend on the kind of disability. If you can walk up hill slowly, you will get to the most interesting site, with good views of the city. You will probably miss the tunnels, which are not so great anyway. The view... More