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San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas)
San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas)

San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas)

Carrera 17, Cartagena, Bolivar, 130001

The Basics

As one of Cartagena’s architectural icons, San Felipe de Barajas Castle(Castillo San Felipe de Barajas) tops the itinerary of most half- and full-day sightseeing tours. Get acquainted with the city on a culture-rich tour that stops at multiple colonial sites (such as Plaza Bolivar and the Cathedral of San Pedro Claver), and provides social and historical context crucial to understanding Cartagena’s past. Alternatively, create your own itinerary and explore at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Cartagena

star-4
Good tour
Tahaira_C, May 2022
Walled City + San Felipe Castle + Optional Popa Convent Cartagena City Tour 5-7H
Good and informative tour. Tour guy was nice. Tour was shorter than what we paid for though. Got to do I think all the stops in about 5 hours maybe. It was hot so I guess it wasn’t too bad. A lot of walking so make sure you wear comfortable shoes. You do get an Aripa and some water during the tour. It’s a good way to visit all the major areas of the city when your right on time.
star-5
BE CAREFULL YOU CAN NOT TALK WITH PEOPLE OF VIATOR ARE MANY DIFERENT COMAPANIES
Adriana_P, May 2022
Walled City + San Felipe Castle + Optional Popa Convent Cartagena City Tour 5-7H
the people that made the tour was very nice, but all the tours are from diferent companies and is a real problem if you want to talk with people of VIATOR, they do not exist I did not liked that I do not thing I will ever buy tours with you.
star-5
Ask for Doran-Duran! He’s the best!
Steven_B, Mar 2022
Walled City + San Felipe Castle + Optional Popa Convent Cartagena City Tour 5-7H
Duran-Duran was an excellent guide, knowledgeable and amusing. Great presentation on all aspects of the tour. Couldn’t ask for a more personable guide. Saw parts of the city we wouldn’t have experienced without this tour.
star-5
Loved Everything!
Jerold_W, Feb 2022
Walled City + San Felipe Castle + Optional Popa Convent Cartagena City Tour 5-7H
The extent and quality of the tour were exceptional, and Nelson was knowledgeable, friendly, and was especially helpful with great suggestions when we all started wilting in Cartagena's heat and humidity. I don't think we could ask for a better experience.
star-5
Awesome tour
Tara_C, Dec 2021
Walled City + San Felipe Castle + Optional Popa Convent Cartagena City Tour 5-7H
This was an amazing tour, our guide was great and very friendly and knowledgeable! We had a blast on this tour and learned so much history! I would highly recommend it for everyone!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • San Felipe de Barajas Castle(Castillo San Felipe de Barajas) is a must-see for history buffs and those interested in military engineering.

  • Photographers can capture some of the best sunset views from the castle’s turrets.

  • To enter the fortress, you’ll need to pay an entrance fee that goes toward the maintenance of the structure.

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How to Get There

Located on Av. Pedro de Heredia at Carrera 17, San Felipe de Barajas Castle(Castillo San Felipe de Barajas) overlooks the Caribbean coastline. The easiest way to get there is by taxi or tour bus.

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When to Get There

The castle is open daily, through the evening. Visit at night to escape the daytime crowds and wander around in much cooler temperatures.

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A Bizarre Comparison

Just outside the fortress is the Old Shoes Monument, a popular photo op that commemorates a poem by Cartagena wordsmith Luis Carlos López, who famously compared the old city to a worn, but comfortable, pair of shoes.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the nearest attractions to San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas)?
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Attractions near San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas):
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What else should I know about attractions in Cartagena?
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As well as visiting the San Felipe de Barajas Castle (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas), check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: