LA POPA HILL
Sitting atop the hill, the La Candelaria convent was built in 1606 by the Order of Augustinian Recollects. Take some time out in the central patio, or admire the gold leaf altar and oil paintings that adorn the church walls.
Evoking the strong Arabic influence in the city’s architecture at the turn of the 20th century, this imposing Moorish mansion is reminiscent of Granada’s Alhambra palace. It was home to Teresita Román, the most distinguished woman in the city at the time.
Built by the Spanish to guard the entrance to the city, the San Felipe Castle is a sight to behold. You should also pay a visit to the ‘Old Shoes’ sculpture, designed by artist Héctor Lombana, who also created the India Catalina statue.
Sunset is the ideal time to take a leisurely walk along the bay and enjoy the pedestrian walkway which lines Manga’s Avenida Miramar. Feel the sea breeze and take in the majestic lights of the modern buildings.
This traditional neighborhood is home to two large shopping centers, Mallplaza El Castillo and Caribe Plaza, which are ideal for a day of retail therapy or for taking a few hours’ refuge from the sun to catch a movie.
Strategically located in Cartagena’s bay and considered to be the port of The Americas for over 500 years, this is undoubtedly one of the Caribbean’s most impressive and important ports and logistics hubs.