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Cartagena de Indias
A much-desired destination
Cartagena de Indias, in northern Colombia, in addition to being a lovely fishing town, can take pride in having wonderful beaches, as well as an excellent and well preserved historic centre and beautiful Colonial architecture. Every year the town is visited by numerous cruise ships and thousands of visitors choose this destination due to its beauty and its safety and also due to its great cultural and natural resources which make this one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean.
A seaport with a great history
Cartagena de Indias was one of the most popular seaports in America during the Spanish viceregal era. Following its independence in 1811, Cartagena de Indias lost its relevance, but little by little it rose again and became one of the most important seaports in Colombia, in the Caribbean and in the world, as well as a very popular tourist destination.
Every 11th of November Colombia celebrates its national holiday and the city celebrates the so-called "Fiestas de Independencia", a four-day festival. This commemorates the day it achieved independence from Spain at the beginning of the 19th century. From this day on, Cartagena de Indias kept a great part of its Spanish artistic and cultural heritage, preserving its historic centre and developing its urban area.
The fortified city
The important role of the seaport as a strategic military point is evidenced by its fortresses which surround Cartagena de Indias: San Fernando, San José, San Sebastián del Pastelillo, San Lorenzo, San Felipe, La Tenaza, as well as by the walls surrounding the old town, where you will find Spanish-style squares, streets, churches and houses.
The weather in Cartagena de Indias
With an average annual temperature of around 26.5 ºC to 28 ºC, this is one of the regions with the most stable and nicest temperatures on the planet. Except during its rainy months, from October to December, this region has one of the nicest weathers on the planet, perfect to enjoy a wonderful holiday.
A city surrounded by the relaxing sea.
The old town of the city borders on the Caribbean sea to the west, on the Cartagena bay to the south and on different lakes and lagoons to the north and east. Stopping at any coffee shop or bar facing the sea to rest for a while is a real pleasure in Cartagena de Indias. You can try the excellent local pastries while you watch the hustle and bustle of the city moving to the peaceful Latin rhythm.
Hotels in Cartagena de Indias
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Located atop San Lázaro hill, this castle (Castillo de San Felipe) is considered the most prominent work of Spanish military engineering in America. The building was finished in 1657 and it is a geometrical bunker which the Spanish builders equipped with several defensive systems in order to guarantee its impenetrability.
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