Street Scenes of Cartagena
Couples walking hand in hand, vibrant architecture, colonial style heritage buildings, old lampposts, and intricate balconies adorned in blooming flowers make Cartagena one of the most romantic cities I’ve ever visited. Despite the mind melting heat and high humidity, it didn't take long for me to realize that Cartagena is infinitely more interesting for the eye than classic romantic destinations like Paris or Florence.
It was easy to fall in love with this city.
Surrounding the oldest part of town is Las Murallas, thick walls built hundreds of years ago to protect Cartagena against enemies. With construction beginning near the end of the 16th century after an attack by Francis Drake, the project took two centuries to complete due to repeated damage from storms and pirate attacks.
While the main sites of Cartagena are busy and bustling with tourists, the city truly unfolds as a hidden gem as soon as you meander off into the side streets. Churches, monasteries, palaces, and colorful buildings line the avenues, and expansive plazas filled with European style cafes seem to appear out of nowhere.
To best experience old Cartagena you need to set out on foot. Take your time and stroll around for a day, sip a coffee, and settle in for some people watching in one of the beautiful town squares.
These are some of my favorite street scenes from Cartagena.