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Things to do in Cartagena

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Cartagena. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Cartagena attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Cartagena to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Cartagena.

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  • Café Havana

    There's dancing almost every night at this bar deep inside the iffy part of Gesemaní - take a taxi here and back. More
  • Catedral de Cartagena

    The tropical-fruit-colored façade hides a marble interior that offers a cooling respite from the hot city streets. More
  • Centro District

    The busy Centro district revolves around the Plaza de Bolívar, an overgrown public square where teenage couples kiss and palenqueras - women who se... More
  • Ego

    Bill Gates and Spanish King Juan Carlos I are devotees of this pint-size workshop where tailor Edgar Gómez Estévez has been creating his white line... More
  • Iglesia de San Pedro

  • Palacio de la Inquisición

    A museum full of historical dioramas and crude 18th-century portraits of governors and generals. The first floor displays torture devices that illu... More
  • Quiebra Canto

    A lively bar just a short taxi ride from the central city with music on Fridays. Dancing couples spill out onto the balcony and salsa music lasts l... More
  • San Diego

    The quietist of Cartagena's four quarters, it's also where to find the best arepas in town. Most visitors tour the neighborhood in one of the horse... More
  • Teatro Adolfo Mejía

    The theater was built in 1911 to celebrate 100 years of Colombian independence. More

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