The first time you walk under the iconic, 400-year-old clock tower, into Cartagena’s impossibly picturesque city center, you will feel like you’ve entered a different world. The impeccably restored architecture—constructed at the very height of Spanish Colonial power—is saturated with color and populated by buskers, artists, fruit salespeople, and tourists. Outside that maze of cafés, museum, and fantastic hotels, Cartagena is also a modern city of more than a million people, a sleek beach resort town of high rises, and gateway to gorgeous beaches and Caribbean islands.
Interesting Fact: Las Murallas, the massive walls surrounding Cartagena’s old town, were built in the 1600s to fend off British pirates.
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