Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas

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  • 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

Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas - Review

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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TripHobo Highlights for Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas

  • Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas Address: Cra. 17, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
  • Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas Contact Number: +57-56566803
  • Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas Timing: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas Price: 25000 COP
  • Best time to visit Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas(preferred time): 08:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Time required to visit Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas: 01:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas

  • 45.8% of people who visit Cartagena include Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas in their plan

  • 42.2% of people start their Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas

Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas

People normally club together Convento De La Popa and Muelle De Los Pegasos while planning their visit to Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas, Cartagena Reviews

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  • My husband and I visited the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas while we were on a 4 hour layover. The quick ride from the airport was affordable (we just grabbed one from the taxi stand outside of the airport), the admission to tour the grounds was cheap, and you got to see a beautiful view of Cartagena! After exploring the scary narrow tunnels (I'm slightly claustrophobic), checking out the views and posing by some cannons, we checked out the gift shop and walked to a nearby mall before heading back to the airport. Make sure you bring water; there is a lot of walking up steep inclines and it can get super hot!!! It was the perfect plan for a short layover!

  • This is a really fascinating historical site. Is a fort that was instrumental in the Spanish colonization of South America. All of the information available to the tourists is in English and Spanish. To get the most from your visit. I rarely I highly recommend that you watch the video. Not only is it extremely informative and well done but it is shown in an air-conditioned building and is very refreshing after the heat of the sweltering Cartagena weather. The tunnels are really fun to explore but I would recommend you do it on your own and not with a tour. I imagine the tour group stuffed into the small tunnels would be rather stifling and claustrophobic.

  • Nice stop to make when in Cartagena. However it was nothing really impressive. It's more about the story behind it. Took a few pictures & Had a nice view of the city. You can also walk inside the castle which was interesting/fun (don't go if you're claustrophobic).

  • Beautiful views. 25 mil per person for Non-Colombians. I highly recommend the 20-minute video film that talks about the castle and it’s history. The production quality is actually great. The video is in Spanish but you can ask for English subtitles. Sunset is a great time to go, around close.

  • I am a huge history nerd, so I loved it. I recall it being somewhere around Price COP 25,000. Their are English and Spanish inscriptions detailing certain features of the fort. On top, there are a couple of cafes, and an exhibit detailing the history of the fort more generally. Since it is all stone, it can get quite hot during the afternoon. There are various tunnels to explore (watch out tall people; low clearance). Apparently they were intended to be filled with explosives and detonated should invaders threaten the port. The fort's guns used to cover all the relevant approached to the city. Today, with the tall buildings, and land reclamation has partially obscured the tactical position of the fort.

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