The city of Cartagena has inspired hundreds of love stories in the past. Thousands of people have found the love of their lives in the streets of Cartagena, and while they enjoyed the company of their lovers, they were impressed by the wonders Cartagena has to offer. Even the famous writer Gabriel García Marquéz was delighted by the magic of its corners, making them the setting of Love in the Time of Cholera. If you’d like to spend Valentine’s Day in this marvelous city, here we’ll share some romantic plans for you to fall in love with Cartagena (and your partner!).
Travel back in time by walking through the streets of the Ciudad Amurallada
The Walled City of Cartagena or Ciudad Amurallada will take you back to the colonial era. The architecture of the city mixes colonial facades with cobblestone alleys and beautiful churches. The houses are adorned with spectacular balconies and ornamented doors. And depending on the time of the year, the spectacular buildings will merge with colorful flowers like jasmines or bougainvilleas.
Enjoy the company of your lover by visiting the museums, walking around the squares, and getting to know the local markets. You won’t be able to avoid falling in love with Cartagena.
Go for a horse and carriage ride
After walking through the city, you can take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage during the evening. This will be the perfect plan to really feel like you traveled to the colonial era. We suggest booking your ride in advance so you save time and assure this romantic experience.
Watch the sunset in the walls of the city
Cartagena’s old town is surrounded by 11km of walls. From there, you will be able to admire the city and the coast. This makes it the perfect spot to watch the sunset as it paints the sky and the waters of the sea. While you do it, you can enjoy a lime or coconut ice cream to complement the end of the day.
Escape to one of its astonishing beaches
If walking is not your thing and you’d prefer a more relaxing plan, you can visit the Rosario Islands, which is a small archipelago composed of 28 islands. The boat trip will only take an hour from Cartagena, and you can also rent a private yacht.
Once there, you’ll be able to enjoy its crystal-clear waters and white sand. If you’d like to do something fun, scuba diving or snorkeling are good activities to enjoy as a couple and admire the unique species that live under the sea. You can also visit Barú Island, which is as relaxing as the Rosario Islands.
Have a romantic dinner next to the sea
Cartagena stands out not only by its architecture and breathtaking landscapes but also by its gastronomy. The food served in Cartagena fuses international flavors with local fresh ingredients. In its restaurants, you’ll find all kinds of seafood and typical dishes, like ceviche, risotto, and carpaccio. You will not only fall in love with Cartagena but also with its food.
We’ve already recommended the six best restaurants in Cartagena, so we suggest visiting Carmen or La Cevichería if you’d like some fresh seafood-based dishes. If you’d like to try the typical food of the city, go to La Mulata, where you can try posta negra, rice with coconut or ceviche cartagenero. Finally, if you have a sweet tooth, visit El Portal de los Dulces. There you’ll find delicious local sweets made with milk, coconut, and tamarind.