Cartagena de Indias
Colonial Pearl of the Caribbean Coast
Cartagena de Indias used to be an important stop for the silver fleet in the sixteenth century. The colonial heart of the city, with its impressive city wall, has been perfectly preserved over the years. Stroll through the beautiful city centre and dine at a good restaurant on one of the many beautiful squares.
The Cartagena of Gabriel García Márquez
Cartagena de Indias was founded by Pedro de Heredia in 1533. The city was an important stop for the silver fleet in the sixteenth century. The colonial heart of the city, with its impressive city walls, has been perfectly preserved over the years. It is therefore understandable that this part of the city was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1984. The city has a vibrant Caribbean atmosphere. Every year, a number of festivals dedicated to film and classical music take place here. We recommend staying in one of the many beautiful small boutique hotels within the historic centre.
Gabriel García Márquez
The career of the world-famous Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez began at the University of Cartagena de Indias. He studied law when he started writing for the local newspaper El Universal. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. Cartagena de Indias was, in terms of atmosphere and special history, very inspiring for him. Many of Márquez's books have a direct or indirect link to Cartagena de Indias and/or other cities in Colombia. Think of 'Love in times of cholera', for example. The writer died in Mexico at the age of 87. However, a part of his ashes has been brought back to the place that was so important to him; Cartagena de Indias. In La Merced, the colonial monastery of the city and part of the mentioned university, his ashes are preserved. A beautiful bronze statue of the writer can also be found here.
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