Logo Pelecanus

Top 39 Activities and Attractions in Cartagena – Shortlist

Historical Center of Cartagena Colombia

Updated on 04/17/2024

Dear reader,
I would also like to recommend our Cartagena travel guide, which offers a perfect overview of the tourist attractions in Cartagena. Enjoy reading it!

Activities and Attractions in Cartagena that you will find detailed in our Cartagena Travel Guide

  1. Palace of the Inquisition (Historical Museum of Cartagena): A baroque-style building that houses a museum detailing the history of the Spanish Inquisition in Cartagena. Displays include torture devices and historical records.
  2. Zenú Gold Museum: Exhibits dedicated to the Zenú culture, showcasing pre-Columbian gold artifacts and pottery.
  3. Naval Museum of the Caribbean: Chronicles the naval history of the Caribbean, including major sea battles and the evolution of naval technology.
  4. Museum of Modern Art, Cartagena: Features modern and contemporary art from Colombian and international artists.
  5. Bastion of Santa Catalina: A historic vantage point offering panoramic views of the city and the sea.
  6. The Vault Market: A bustling market space within historical structures, where various shops sell local wares.
  7. Bulwark of Santo Domingo: A part of Cartagena’s defensive walls, providing insights into the city’s military history.
  8. Monument to India Catalina: A statue honoring India Catalina, an indigenous woman who played a pivotal role during the Spanish colonization.
  9. Café del Mar: A popular cafe offering panoramic sunset views atop Cartagena’s old defensive wall.
  10. San Francisco Javier Bastion: A section of Cartagena’s old city walls, representing the city’s colonial past.
  11. Bocagrande: Modern beachfront neighborhood known for its skyscrapers, beaches, and shopping.
  12. San Felipe de Barajas Castle: A massive fortress built by the Spanish for protection against pirates, offering breathtaking views of the city.
  13. Muelle de la Bodeguita y de los Pegasos: A pier where one can catch boats to the Rosario Islands and enjoy waterfront views.
  14. Convento de la Popa: Situated on a hill, this convent provides stunning city and sea views, known also for its beautiful courtyard and chapel.
  15. San Pedro Claver Monastery and Church: Dedicated to Saint Peter Claver, a patron saint of slaves, showcasing beautiful colonial architecture.
  16. Cartagena Cathedral: An iconic cathedral with a mix of colonial and Gothic architecture.
  17. Santo Domingo Monastery: A beautiful monastery displaying Baroque architectural features.
  18. Santo Toribio Church: A historic church known for its beautiful facade and religious significance.
  19. Plaza de los Coches: A vibrant square surrounded by colonial buildings, filled with vendors and musicians.
  20. Plaza de la Aduana: The oldest and largest plaza in Cartagena, surrounded by colonial-era buildings.
  21. Plaza de Bolívar: A peaceful square with a statue of Simon Bolívar, surrounded by the city’s important historic buildings.
  22. Las Bóvedas: Originally dungeons, these vaulted structures now house boutiques and souvenir shops.
  23. Mercado Bazurto: A local market providing a glimpse of daily life in Cartagena, filled with fresh produce, seafood, and local delicacies.
  24. Wall of Cartagena: Walk along the ancient walls that once protected Cartagena from pirates and invaders.

Other Activities and Attractions in Cartagena

  1. La Popa Hill: Offers panoramic views of Cartagena, home to the Convento de la Popa.
  2. Clock Tower: The main city gate, iconic symbol of Cartagena.
  3. Calle del Embudo in Getsemaní: A colorful and vibrant street filled with street art, performers, and local culture.
  4. Casa Museo Rafael Núñez: Once home to a former Colombian president, this museum gives insights into the life and times of Rafael Núñez.
  5. Cartagena Botanical Garden: A serene space showcasing the diverse flora of the region.
  6. Promenade of the Arts: A cultural space that often hosts art exhibitions, performances, and local events.
  7. Teatro Adolfo Mejía (Heredia Theatre): A colonial-era theater known for its stunning architecture and acoustics.
  8. Getsemaní: A bohemian neighborhood filled with street art, music, and vibrant nightlife.
  9. Plaza de la Trinidad: A lively square in Getsemaní where locals and tourists gather in the evenings.
  10. Playa de Castillogrande: A more tranquil beach area, perfect for relaxation.
  11. San Roque Hill: Offers panoramic views of the city and is home to a historic hermitage.
  12. Portal de los Dulces: A street known for its traditional sweets vendors, offering a variety of local delicacies.
  13. Serpentarium: A facility dedicated to the conservation of reptiles, offering insights into the diverse reptilian life of the region.
  14. Gold Museum – Cartagena Branch: Another branch of the gold museum, showcasing more pre-Columbian gold artifacts.
  15. Gastronomy Tours: Explore the culinary delights of Cartagena through guided food tours, tasting local dishes and beverages.

Also check: Top 36 Activities and Attractions outside Cartagena – Shortlist

More Colombia Travel Tips


About Author



Hello! I'm Frank Spitzer, the founder and the heart behind Pelecanus, a specialized tour operator for Colombia travel. My journey in travel is vast and rich – I've explored over 60 countries, absorbing cultures, experiences, and stories along the way. Since 2017, I've been channeling this wealth of global experience into creating unforgettable travel experiences in Colombia. I'm recognized as a leading authority in Colombian tourism, with a deep-seated passion for sharing this beautiful country with the world. You can catch glimpses of my travel adventures and insights around Colombia on my YouTube channel. I'm also active on social media platforms like TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, where I share the vibrant culture and stunning landscapes of Colombia. For professional networking, feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn. Join me on this incredible journey, and let's explore the wonders of Colombia together!

youtube Facebook Instagram Pinterest Tiktok