Recalling the gruff taverns of the pirates who preyed upon Cartagena in its early years, La Galera transports you to a poignant, if notorious, era in the town’s past. A thoughtful wine list compliments the varied Mediterranean menu and Spanish-inflected tapas. Donâ€™t miss their savory tiger prawns, paella for two or tender brangus beef. Dimmed lights pair with the tropical […]
Cartagena A – Z
By Laura Posada Marulanda, Lina Gomez, and Erin Florio Abanico. Fans will be your constant companion in fighting the Caribbean heat. Balcones. These colonial details provide a top spot for view ...
Sundays in the City
By Laura Posada Marulanda, Lina GĂłmez Lara Perfecting the art of a Lazy Sunday seems to just come naturally to the Cartageneros. Sleep in. Enjoy a leisurely brunch in the historical center and follow ...
72 HOURS IN CARTAGENA
By Laura Posada Marulanda, Lina GĂłmez Lara, Erin Florio Only three days in Cartagena? Not a problem. By following our tips below, you will depart from your short sojourn having tasted, seen, heard an ...
A pioneer in the Centro when it opened 15 years ago, Donde Olano (Olanoâ€™s Place) quickly became a local favorite for its casual, welcoming atmosphere and delicious, unfussy food. Colombian owner Fra ...
Andante Allegro Vivace
In this Italian jewel the pastas are hand made every morning using mammaâ€™s recipes. With fresh herbs hanging in the kitchen, live music and artwork painted by the owner, Andante Allegro Vivaceâ€™s few tables are just enough to create an uber-charming ambiance. Serving lunch and dinner, the open kitchen impregnates the salon with the aromas of the Italian sauces and […]
With itâ€™s whitewashed stone faĂ§ade, large wooden shutters, and breezy palm-studded courtyard, Hotel Monterrey has the charms of colonial Cartagena at a budget-friendly price. Inside this 19th century guesthouse, guest sleep on pillowy beds in 30 sleek guestrooms whose simple furnishings are offset with antique accents and modern amenities. In-house restaurant Brasserie Montaigne is almost as popular as the hotel’s […]
This airy and opulently restored 17th century mansion represents the jewel of Calle Santo Domingo. Crafted from 18-karat gold and 950 silver, their inventory of breath-taking pieces are hand-laid with locally sourced emeralds. Expertly merging traditional Colombian metalsmithing with new technology and a modern aesthetic, their unique finishes and high quality emeralds are just a few of the reasons why […]
In this true Cartagena classic, itâ€™s impossible not to fall for the temptation of owner and chef Federico Vega PĂ©rezâ€™s sinfully delicious dishes that merge his French training with local influences. Their ‘a la carte menu’ is one of the best in town â€“ choose any three-course combo from their extensive menu (no dish is off-limits), pair with a two-hour […]
Set outside the old city on the beaches of Bocagrande, Hotel Caribe, a certified National Monument, was built in 1941 and still maintains its original five-story Colonial structure. The hotel has since added two modern buildings making it the largest hotel in Cartagena. It has 363 rooms with ocean or hotel garden-views (16 of which are wheel-chair-friendly), 4 restaurants, 10 […]
Framing the entrance of this petite low-lying colonial house are verdant ferns as green as the emeralds that are sold there. Located in one of the three corners of the Parque Fernandez de Madrid, year-old Elia Jewelry is not to be missed. Here modern and traditional methods give life to handcrafted jewels that combine precious and semi-precious stones like diamonds, […]
Whether youâ€™re out shopping or just wandering around Bocagrande, the colorful eye-catching window of this shop is sure to draw you in. At Patricia RamĂrez Swimwear, you will not only find the right perfectly-fitting suit, you will live a sensory experience. Here, the bright colors of the whimsical bikinis (polka-dots, stripes, animal print, roses and beaded hearts) are designed to […]