Las Murallas were built after an attack by Sir Francis Drake in 1586 and finished in 1796. These thick stone walls even have replica cannons placed along them to recreate the feeling of the old Spanish colony.
They used to be right up against the Caribbean Sea but modern necessities called for changes. Land replaced water, a road was built, and now a sea of grass now lays where the waves used to crash into the city walls.
Walking the Walls
Walk the perimeter of the city along the walls, and on top of them whenever possible. They are a great glimpse into the past and give a unique perspective of the city.
Puerta del Reloj
Puerta del Reloj is the main gate to the old town. It was once called Boca del Puente and linked the walled city to the slave quarter of Getsemaní by a drawbridge over a moat. The clock tower that gives the gate its name is a new feature and wasn’t added until 1888. A long plaza in front features a few statues.
El Muelle de los Pegasos
Along the plaza you’ll find El Muelle de los Pegasos. It features two large statues of the mythical winged horses.
You can also get great views of some yachts and replica wooden ships moored nearby as well as the walls and the towers of San Pedro de Claver.
At Christmas, the entire area in front of Puerta del Reloj is beautifully lit up. A floating Christmas tree that changes colors can be seen from El Muelle de los Pegasos.
One of the most visited buildings in Cartagena is Las Bóvedas, originally a dungeon built in 1796. It was later used as a prison and is now a souvenir and craft market. You can find any Colombian souvenir here. Don’t forget to bargain!