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.
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.
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.
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.
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.