Preserved by ancient fortifications and years of neglect, Cartagena is a colonial gem by the sea that is fast becoming one of South America’s most stylish retreats. Throughout the historic district, crumbling mansions are being restored by designers and entrepreneurs, and new attractions like a world-class music festival, talented young chefs and chic boutique hotels are luring those in search of seaside culture.
Check out our 4-day itinerary for Cartagena
Coming soon: special houses for rent, sights not to miss. Plus how to visit the Islas del Rosario.
Indagare Top Ten:
SLEEP…at one of our favorite boutique hotels with a couple of friends and take the place over so you have a house of your own
EXPERIENCE…the old world atmosphere and Cuban music at clubby La Vitrola
SPLURGE…on a private boat for the day to take you to the Islas del Rosario to swim and snorkel in turquoise seas
EAT…at Vera where a protege of Mario Batali prepares the city’s best Italian food
DRINK…a mojito on the city walls at Café del Mar at sunset
SAVOR…the writings of longtime resident and Nobel prize winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez
VISIT…the Palace of the Inquisition, the three main cathedrals and the newly restored Teatro Adolfo Mejía
SEE…the city from the Convent de la Popa and as many rooftop terraces as you can
SHOP…for stylish silk tops and dresses at Silvia Tcherassi’s boutique
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