Amarla boutique hotel is one of the finest hotels in Cartagena Old City. Often referred to as the walled city of Cartagena Colombia, Cartagena Old City is one of the most popular places to visit whilst traveling in Columbia. It 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 night life make this city a must visit.
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, the these historic homes line the narrow streets which lead to the many tree-lined squares, historic churches, museums and monasteries, creating the most vibrant and seductive backdrop. The peaceful atmosphere has lulled even the traffic which seems to move at a more gentle pace even at Puerta del Reloj – which was once the main city gate named for its iconic clock tower. 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. The fort, which was built by the Spanish in the 16th century, still dominates part of the walled city of Cartagena’s landscape. Built to protect the city from pirates, the once dreaded dungeons have long since been transformed and now are home to a row of artisan shops and a colourful craft market.
With its beautiful buildings, elegant colonial architecture, rich history and its lovely people, the walled city is an idillic 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 area’s bar and restaurants fill up and the street performers take to the street ready to serenade 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.