Amarla boutique hotel is one of the finest hotels in Cartagena Old City. Often referred to as the walled city, Cartagena Old City is a vibrant, magical place, where rich architectural history, great shopping and lively outdoor cafes collide in perfect synergy. The world class restaurants, authentic street stands and vibrant nightlife make this city one of the most popular places to visit whilst traveling in Columbia.
As you wonder the cobbled stone streets, you will notice the flower filled balconies that jut out of the colourful old merchant homes. Known as “case altas” or two-story houses, these historic homes line the narrow streets creating the most vibrant and seductive backdrop. The ancient defensive walls of up to 20 m thick and 11km long, surrounded the entire city and give this UNESCO heritage site its name. Built to protect the city from pirates, the once dreaded dungeons have since been transformed into a row of artisan shops and a colourful craft market.
With its beautiful buildings, elegant colonial architecture, rich history and lovely people, the walled city is an idyllic place to wonder about and get lost in. The Walled City is the home to the prestigious University of Cartagena and several other schools and government offices. During the day, the bustling streets are filled with with locals students and workers and venders selling anything from fruit to artisan crafts. At night, the streets come alive as the bars and restaurants fill up and the street performers take to the streets, serenading you as you as you dine on the breezy plazas. Horse drawn carriages are also a typical sight on the streets of the old city of Cartagena, evoking colonial nostalgia of a bygone era.