Cartagena – San Diego

Cartagena’s UNESCO World Heritage listed old town sits behind Spanish colonial walls and is divided into two areas, El Centro and San Diego. San Diego offers more beautiful colonial buildings like El Centro, but is quieter and more residential. There are several upscale hotels and boutique restaurants in some of the plazas and streets.

A street in San Diego, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

A street in San Diego

Street sign in San Diego, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Street sign

Some important sites include the stunning Teatro Heredia, built in 1911, and Iglesia de Santo Toribio de Mangrovejo, built between 1666 and 1732. Colombian race car driver Juan Pablo Montoya was married at the church in 2002.

Teatro Heredia in San Diego, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Teatro Heredia

Iglesia de Santo Toribio in San Diego, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Iglesia de Santo Toribio

There are a couple of small plazas surrounded by hotels, restaurants, shops, and people selling crafts and fruit on the street. Plaza de San Diego and Plaza Fernández de Madrid

Plaza de San Diego in San Diego, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Plaza de San Diego

Plaza Fernández de Madrid in San Diego, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Plaza Fernández de Madrid

A fruit vendor on Plaza Fernández de Madrid in San Diego, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

A fruit vendor on Plaza Fernández de Madrid

You’ll also find the private home of Colombian Nobel Prize winning novelist Gabriel García Márquez along the city walls. It’s closed to the public.

Home of Gabriel García Márquez in San Diego, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Home of Gabriel García Márquez

But just like El Centro, the best thing to do in San Diego is just wander up and down the streets and enjoy the beauty of Cartagena.

A street in San Diego, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

A street in San Diego

Patagonia Restaurant in San Diego, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Patagonia Restaurant

Door knocker in San Diego, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Door knocker

A street in San Diego looking towards El Centro, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

A street in San Diego looking towards El Centro

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