Cornbread stuffed with soft egg, sweet steak with coconut rice, and cheese and meat pasties are just some of the local foods you’ll tuck into today. And we’ve timed it so that each yummy food stop takes place between visits to inspiring landmarks. Start building up your appetite at the San Felipe Fortress. It’s a military stronghold that’s considered the most outstanding feat of Spanish military engineering, so be sure to take lots of photos. Then it’s on to the historic city centre to see more of Cartagena’s famous sights. The old merchants’ houses are painted in pillar box red, deep indigo and burnt orange. And the quaint stone squares, or plazas as they’re known here, are lined with busy cafés and restaurants, ideal for watching the locals. Stop for lunch at the charming El Santisimo Restaurant, known for its traditional Colombian-Caribbean dishes – sweet steak is on the menu today. Then continue to Las Bóvedas, or The Vaults. Originally used as munitions storage vaults and prison cells, today the space is teeming with vendors selling locally made trinkets, brightly coloured art and textiles. Embrace the hustle and bustle, and enjoy the final course of your gourmet experience – a sticky traditional sweet dish, made from coconut and sugarcane. Then enjoy some free time before heading back to the port.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.