Something that usually tell when one arrives in Cartagena de Indias is why the colors of the Colombian flag, the blue represents the waters that bathe their coasts, yellow symbolizes gold, and red, the blood shed for years clashes. Cartagena is the capital city of the Department of Bolivar in northern Colombia in the Colombian Caribbean region.
History of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia:
In pre-Columbian times was inhabited by Indian warriors of the Carib race, until in June 1533 the madrileño Pedro de Heredia founded Cartagena de Poniente “, to distinguish it from” Cartagena de Levante, in Spain, both with similar bays. Sometimes hosted viceroys, as Sebastian de Eslava, who ruled for almost ten years, replacing Santa Fe as the capital of the New Kingdom of Granada. So that was signed in 1811 the Act of absolute independence of Spain, starting with that 10 long years to achieve final emancipation.
In addition to its historic nature, is a city full of natural beauty and is the most important tourist destination of Colombia. One of the main attractions is its architecture of civilian, military and religious buildings, which in turn allows identification of the maturity of the historic city. The beautiful walled city was declared a National Heritage of Colombia in 1959 and a World Heritage Site by Unesco. The Castle San Felipe of Barajas, is the largest military building in the Spanish New World. Built in 1536 and expanded several times until 1657, was initially called “Castillo de San Lázaro”. Its monumental architecture dazzles from the main entrance through the main square, the residence of the Castilian, to the tunnels, etc.. All the corners that are the true defender of the city in time to transport anyone to traverse.
Castillo San Felipe de Barajas
Outside the walls, there are several places of interest like Pie de la Popa, one of the first neighborhoods in Cartagena, Barrio Manga and their mansions, most national treasures by their historic and architectural value; Bocagrande, Big Castle and the Laguito, is the modern area of the city, which develop the largest residential projects and hotels, The Matuna, the area of the city which includes industries such as tourism, international trade, education and transportation among others and Boquilla, Marbella, Crespo and Zona Norte, an area where the Rafael Nunez International Airport and many miles of beaches for tourists and locals alike enjoy the Caribbean Sea. Here, the vendors tend to offer from beautiful accessories to food and the tradition is haggle, haggle and haggle until it runs out the throat.
Cartagena offers a variety of hotels of colonial or modern buildings, facing the beach or in the historic, family atmosphere or executive, and so on. Moreover, being an international hub, with restaurants specializing in Italian food, Arabic, Chinese, French and more. At night, the best option are the bars, cafes, casinos and nightclubs offering the city, the best are in the Corralito Stone, Arsenal Street and Bocagrande. But for those who prefer a more relaxed evening, a carriage ride or a walk through the Old Town is ideal to admire a splendid view of the illuminated colonial romantic lanterns.
In Cartagena de Indias is an interesting confluence of cultures for over 500 years, from the Indians, Spaniards, Africans and Arabs. All this framed in one of the most beautiful cities in the Caribbean where he also stands out.
Exotic landscapes, beaches, beautiful islands and the contagious nature of its residents happy. The ideal plan is to alternate visits to historical sites with other outings, and should not be left to visit the Rosario Islands, a paradise archipelago made up of 43 coral islands, beaches with crystalline waters and a wide variety of tropical marine life. All this and much more, just 40 kilometers from the city, which is accessible by land or sea.
Festivals of India in Cartagena:
January: Ultramar Festival – Four days with the main representatives of the electronics world. (2, 3, 4 and 5 January), Summer Dance Festival Cartagena “Concert Dance And Electronic House Annual” Cartagena Music Festival, music festival, love & U4 heat “festival of electronic music,” Hay Festival “festival literary, perreo First Year “peak-champeta, Beach Volleyball, Beach Football.
February: Feast of Our Lady of La Candelaria, Frito Festival, March, Festival International de Cine de Cartagena, Fair Sailing.
April: Festival of Dulce.
June-July: Summer Festival, International Sailing Championship.
November: Festival of the November 11, National Beauty.
December: Festival of Jazz on the Moon.
December: Cartagena Rock
Access: By bus, by foot from the Historical Center of Cartagena de Indias
Admission: Adults, $ 10,000 pesos (€ 2.4 approx.), Children older than 6 years and under 14, students and seniors with ID card, $ 5000 pesos (€ 1.2)
Agencies and cruise, $ 9000 pesos (2 €)
Armed Forces, Public Schools and Colleges, courtesy.
Open to the public for free the last Sunday of each month except in January, Easter, June and December
Hours: Daily 8:00 to 18:00 pm.
Site Guide: The guide service is independent
Calendar of Events: Workshops in dance, music, theater and children’s programming, the National Heritage Day, the flag lowered. Programming done with the support of the Naval School of Cadets of Colombia.
Additional Services: Meeting rooms and auditoriums with capacity for 100 people, central air and visual aids.