Cartagena, Colombia

  • Cartagena, Colombia
  • Cartagena, Colombia
Travel + Leisure

To get a taste of Cartagena's dining scene, make a reservation at El Santísimo, where creative Caribbean dishes—posta negra, a Colombian braised beef; carpaccio de pulpo, or thin octopus slices—are served in a series of airy rooms with yellow plaster walls, exposed beams, and terra-cotta floors. 

Cartagena, Colombia

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Must-Sees from the Editors of Travel + Leisure

Cartagena Cathedral

Behind the tropical-fruit-colored façade of this church, completed in 1612, you’ll find a gilded altar from the 18th century and a marble interior that offers a cool respite from the city’s steaming cobblestoned streets.

San Diego Neighborhood

The quietest of the Old City’s four quarters, San Diego is also the place to find the town’s best stands for arepas, ground-corn pancakes typically stuffed with cheese. Most visitors tour the area in one of the romantic horse-drawn carriages that clip-clop past the brightly colored houses and balconies with cascading blooms.

San Felipe de Barajas Castle

This 300-year-old coral-and-brick UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the best-preserved Spanish forts in the Americas. Bring a penlight to navigate the dimly lit passageways.

Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.

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