Castillo De San Felipe De BarajasCurrently Closed
- Address: Cra. 17, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
- Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +57-56566803
- Ticket Price: 25000 COP
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Castle, Historical Site, Family And Kids
About Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas, Cartagena
First constructed in 1536, then expanded in 1657, this triangular fortress atop a hill was named after King Philip IV of Spain. Cartagena Governor Don Francisco de Murga had it constructed to prevent enemies from attacking from behind the city. In the 1741 Battle of Cartagena de Indias, it held off British Admiral Vernon’s invading forces of 23,000 men and nearly 200 hundred ships! It also played an important role during the Spanish-American war of independence.
The fortress is grand and intimidating to look at. Rising 41 meters into the sky, with batteries and parapets that reinforce each other's defences, and with a maze of tunnels inside, it has never been taken. For the best experience, make sure to rent the audio guide from the ticket office.
Right outside the castle entrance is a pretty looking square. Rising in the middle you’ll find a monument statue of Spanish admiral Blas de Lezo y Olavarrieta. Lame, one-armed, and one-eyed, he fought in the the Battle of Cartagena de Indias, and is thought to have been one of the finest strategists in the Royal Spanish Navy.
Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas Information
- Parking at Avenida Antonio Arévalo and near the "Old Boots” monument on Calle 31.
- Bring water with you.
- There is no shade at the Fortress. Try to avoid visiting in the middle of the day.
Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas Ticket Prices
- For Colombians: COP 20000
- 6-13 years of age: COP 10500
- Students: COP 1000
- Free for Colombians 62+, the disabled
- Free on Last Sunday of the month, except January, Easter, June and December
How To reach Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas by Public Transport
- Buses stopping at Paradero de buses Cl 30
- Drive to here or take a taxi.
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32.93% of people who visit Cartagena include Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas in their plan
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Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas, Cartagena Reviews
A good way to add some history to a tropical vacation - plenty of families visiting while we were there. If you don’t hire a guide, of which there were Spanish and English ones available, definitely catch the short video inside of the “hospital” to give yourself some historical context. There are nice views of the city; a gift shop; but we could only find port-o-potties and no regular bathrooms. Don’t forget to wear a hat/sunglasses/sunscreen! It cost us $25,000 COP per person to get in, less for kids/seniors.
An engineering marvel. Need a good guide to take you through the castle to learn about all the details and defense strategies enabled by the engineers. Will need a map of the whole bay with all the fortresses and walls to understand how the city defense worked ... with some help from local mosquitoes
The views of the city are worth the climb. You can explore some of the tunnels too. There is a museum on site. The bathroom was the best thing about the museum. The entryway is packed with pushy street vendors. Just ignore them. 25,000 per adult and 10,500 for kids. Under 6 is free. You could get a tour but it did not seem necessary. Taxi will drop you off right in front and there are plenty for picking you up.
Very cool historic old fort that defended Cartagena from pirates for many years. Steep (45 degree) ramp to get to top. Not for those in bad shape. Great views make climb worthwhile
Great place to visit to see and leave about the history of Cartagena. The castle is stunning and they have added a video in Spanish and English about the history of the city and the building of the castle. As a bonus, you get great views if the city without going all the way to la popa
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