Last updated on July 21st, 2023 at 07:17 pm
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Why visit Magangue?
Because of its location at the mouth of the Magdalena River, Magangué has long been an important trading and fishing center. A tour of the city is a great way to see the colonial architecture and discover the importance of Magangué in Colombian history.
Magangué is an interesting place to get to know the people and culture of the Colombian Caribbean.
History of Magangue
Magangué is a city in the Caribbean region of Colombia, in the south of the department of Bolívar, with around 152,000 inhabitants. Magangué was founded on April 10, 1610 and is located at an altitude of about 2 meters above sea level.
The climate in Magangué is tropical-humid with average temperatures of around 28° C. The last time I was in the area, it was definitely too hot and humid for me. The main industries in Magangué are fishing, agriculture, trade and livestock. Although not a capital, Magangué is experiencing a surge in tourism due to its location on the banks of the Magdalena River.
Main attractions and activities
Some of the main tourist activities in Magangue are:
Cathedral of Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria
The Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria is one of the main attractions of Magangué. Built in 1846, it is the largest and most representative church in the city. The Cathedral is an example of the colonial architecture of the Caribbean region of Colombia and is considered one of the most emblematic structures in the city.
The facade of the cathedral features an impressive neoclassical arch and a baroque bell tower. Inside the cathedral is a high altar carved from wood in the Baroque style.
A central square in the heart of the historic center. The park is a place of great importance for Magangue and is considered one of the symbols of the city.
It owes its name to the Colombian independence hero Francisco de Paula Santander. In the center of the park stands a bronze statue of Santander, unveiled in 1911 to commemorate the country’s centenary of independence.
In the park, visitors will find benches and green areas where they can rest and enjoy the calm and relaxing atmosphere of the square.
Historical walk in Magangue
During the tour you can visit churches, squares and monuments that tell the history of the city and of Colombia. Also, on the program is the Casa de la Cultura, a 19th-century building.
Best time to visit Magangue
The best time to visit Magangue is in January. This is the dry season and the weather is ideal for visiting the city. Also, at the end of January, the city celebrates the festival of the Virgen de la Candelaria, the patron saint of Magangué.
During the festival, the town hosts parades, artistic performances and other cultural events, including the election of the festival queen.
Typical food in Magangue
The typical cuisine of Magangué is similar to that of the entire Magdalena Medio region. Here are some of the typical dishes to try when you visit the city:
Sancocho de pescado (fish soup)
This is one of the most popular dishes in the region. It is prepared with fresh fish, green plantains, yucca, cilantro and other vegetables. It is served with rice and avocado.
This dish is prepared with rice and coconut flakes. It is served as an accompaniment to other dishes.
Mote de queso
The main ingredient is sweet potato and the preparation includes cheese cut into squares, garlic, onion and lime juice.
Fried fish is very popular in the region. The fresh fish is fried in hot oil. It is served with rice, fried ripe plantains and salad.
Accommodation in Magangue
Hotel Dona Ana
The rooms at the hotel are equipped with a seating area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with free toiletries and a spa bathtub.
Terra Tuscany Hotel
Hotel Terra Toscana offers a garden, terrace, restaurant and bar. Room service, 24-hour reception. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.
How to get to Magangue
Magangué does not have its own airport, but there are several transportation options to reach the city from Bogotá or other nearby cities.
The closest airport to Magangué is Cartagena’s Rafael Núñez International Airport, which is approximately 3.5 hours’ drive away.
The airlines that offer connections are as follows:
You can also reach Magangue by renting a car in a nearby city or by bus. Estimated driving time from Bogotá is approximately 18 hours. The following companies rent cars in Colombia:
How to get around in Magangue
As distances are generally short in Magangué, the most common modes of transport are taxis and motorbike taxis.
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