Explore the top things to do in Cartagena

After a leisurely breakfast in one of the restaurants at Hotel Caribe by Faranda Grand, a member of Radisson Individuals, spend the rest of the morning at our exclusive Kala Beach Club. You can reach Cartagena’s historic center in less than 15 minutes by taxi when you’re ready to explore. Beyond the 17th-century city walls, you’ll discover charming squares, colonial houses with flower-laden balconies, and centuries-old churches. Browse the boutiques around cobblestone Plaza de Santo Domingo, which is home to street performers and a sculpture by Fernando Botero. You can venture into tunnels and take in sweeping vistas at the hilltop Castle of San Felipe de Barajas. Looking for more active things to do? Join a kayak tour to Tierra Bomba Island for stunning skyline views.

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Heredia Theater

2.08 mi / 3.34 km from the hotel
Although performing arts are the biggest draw at this venue, officially Teatro Adolfo Mejía, the architecture is also noteworthy. Take a tour to see the beautiful wooden balconies, Italian marble statues, and a ceiling fresco by painter Enrique Grau.

Castle of San Felipe de Barajas

2.25 mi / 3.62 km from the hotel
Originally constructed in the 16th century, this former Spanish fortress is located atop San Lázaro hill and provides the perfect spot for snapping a photo of the cityscape.

Palace of the Inquisition

1.83 mi / 2.95 km from the hotel
A trial site during the Spanish Inquisition, this 18th-century building now serves as a museum of city history with artifacts such as old church bells, pre-Columbian artwork, maps, and Inquisition torture devices.

San Pedro Claver Church and Monastery

1.78 mi / 2.86 km from the hotel
Named after a Spanish priest who dedicated his life to helping slaves in Cartagena in the 1700s, this gorgeous church is home to a museum of Afro-Caribbean art.

The Gate and Clock Tower

1.93 mi / 3.11 km from the hotel
Built as a main entrance to the historic Walled City in the 17th century, when it featured a drawbridge, the Puerta del Reloj gained its iconic clock tower in 1888.

The Vaults

2.4 mi / 3.87 km from the hotel
Built for storage in the 1700s, repurposed as a prison during the civil war of the 1900s, and now functioning as an art, retail, and restaurant epicenter, this site has a story you won't want to miss. Visit the namesake vaults before you buy souvenirs.

Zenú Gold Museum

1.85 mi / 2.98 km from the hotel
This free museum houses a vast collection of intricate gold artifacts from the Zenú people and other indigenous Colombian groups.

Sweets Gate

1.89 mi / 3.03 km from the hotel
Browse the marshmallows, meringues, and other treats at the Sweets Gate, or “El Portal de los Dulces.” The Sweets Gate is part of Coachmen’s Plaza, widely considered the most beautiful section of the old city.

Santo Domingo Square

1.9 mi / 3.06 km from the hotel
Choose from one of the many tables in the center of this plaza to dine alfresco and enjoy the local music of street performers. Be sure to visit the Church of Santo Domingo and the famous Gertrude sculpture by Fernando Botero.

Bocagrande Beach

0.41 mi / 0.65 km from the hotel
Backdropped by gleaming apartment towers and upscale hotels, this popular sandy strip stretches along a peninsula a few kilometers from Cartagena’s historic center. Souvenir vendors, beach bars, and seafood spots create a lively, cosmopolitan scene.