Cartagena De Indias, a World Heritage City, is a modern port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast. From it's walled Old Town, with 16th-century plazas, cobblestone streets and colorful colonial buildings to the tropical climates popular beaches, the beauty of Cartagena awaits you...
Rising out of the earth on the northern coast of Colombia, the colourful facades of Cartagena are no illusion for what lies beneath the exterior of this fascinating city of contrasts, from the narrow cobblestone streets and old colonial architecture, the idyllic coastal beaches and pristine coral reefs, the quaint cafe's and world class restaurants, to the hidden churches and remnants of an ancient world.
Cartagena is a modern city infused with relics of a colonial past, so while the outer limits of the city will appear as industrial, chaotic or labour intensive, the old colonial buildings and atmospheric nature of the old town offer a fascinating insight into local culture and a time when most visitors arrived on tall ships in search of trade relations. Surrounded by a majestic ancient stone wall, the center of this port town is a myriad of side streets and enchanting alleyways, intersected by beautiful plaza's, churches and iconic monuments. While the city is populated and vast in scale, the old town is quaint and so full of hidden charm, that the best way to explore the streets is on foot, an experience that evokes images of weather beaten sailors searching for supplies and busy merchants hustling throughout the many stalls and craft stores.
Another highlight is the coastal nature of the city, where long stretches of white powdered sand offer a quick escape from the confines of a busy city and where nearby coral reefs are perfect for snorkelling or scuba diving. The stunning Isla de Barú and Islas del Rosario are within easy reach, as too is the Bocagrande Peninsula, where the wealthy glamorous population of Cartagena fill the trendy restaurants, bars and cafes in what is now the most luxurious part of the city. Where land and sea collide, the Cartagena coastline is an unforgettable sight and one of the most stunning destinations in the Caribbean.
Few places in the world can rival the atmospheric nature of this old colonial city, the character beyond the stone walls of the old quarter or the stunning scenery along the northern coastline of Columbia. Stunning, enchanting and infused with hidden charm, Cartagena is a captivating city that will stay etched in the memory, long after you leave.
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena
Originally built as a convent in 1621, the Sofitel Legend Cartagena Santa Clara is a legendary landmark in the heart of Cartagena's walled city. Transformed into a luxury hotel in 1995, the Sofitel Santa Clara, unique in style, combines the allure of history with local hospitality and the art of French savoir-faire. Mixing Colonial and Republican-style architecture with modern comfort, the hotel features gourmet cuisine, exceptional service, a world-class spa, meeting facilities and state of the art technology for events, conventions and weddings.
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