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The city of Cartagena is located on the northern coast of Columbia, right along the banks of the Caribbean Sea. It is one of the oldest and largest cities in the country, as well as one of the most popular tourist destinations. Cartagena became one of the first safe sanctuaries for freed African slaves fleeing from America, and their influences are still apparent, especially in the cuisine. Visitors can enjoy everything from walking along the sandy beaches to visiting many of the historical churches to taking a tour of the Palace of the Inquisition. When planning a vacation to this city, you will find many affordable flights to Cartagena and numerous cheap Cartagena hotels.
The shores of the Caribbean Sea offer miles of beautiful beaches that are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and a variety of water sports. The Old City is a must-see attraction. The historic clock tower serves as the main entrance to this well-preserved walled city. The fortress of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas is within walking distance of the Old City and the nearby La Popa Hill is worth the hike. Once up top, you will find breathtaking views of the city and the centuries-old Santa Cruz Monastery. Many hotels in Cartagena are located near the Old City and in the Bocagrande district.
Both modern and traditional Columbian dishes are served at many of the city's restaurants. Popular dishes include fried fish, coconut rice, and fried plantains. Many restaurants in Cartagena serve traditional African and Arabian cuisine as well. The majority of the dining establishments can be found either in the Bocagrande district or in the Old City near Plaza Santo Domingo. The city also offers an active nightlife, with several bars and nightclubs located near Centro de Convenciones.
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