It is the incredibly beautiful City of Cartagena de Indias, located on the Carribean coast of Colombia in the Departamento de Bolívar.
|This is what the streets in Santo Domingo (part of the Old City of Cartagena) look like|
What is so special about Cartagena? It is the mixture that makes this city special.The beautiful colonial Ciudad Amurallada (The Walled City), the city's Carribean beaches and the modern districts of Boca Grande and Laguito paired with the fascinating Colombian culture and hospitality makes Cartagena, at least for me, to one of the most beautiful places on earth.
What is there to do? First of all, the Walled City of Cartagena is the biggest and most impressive sight. There is also a castle (Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas) and some convents to visit. For example the Convento de la Popa, located on a hill overlooking the city. Do not miss to have a look at the monument of La India Catalina, situated at the entrance of the city comming from Manga.
Apart from the sights, there is a lot to do in Cartagena, like hanging out at one of the city's beaches, shopping in one of the malls or going to the cinema. I highly recommend a night out. Cartagena is said to be THE domicile for the rich and famous of Colombia and there sure is a lot to see.
Famous Colombians like Juanes (musician), Shakira (musician) and Gabriel García Marquez (Nobel Price in Literature winner 1982) have houses in Cartagena.
There are also some very interesting places to visit near Cartagena, but this will make another blogpost.
I spent two whole months doing an internship in Cartagena, so if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me!