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One of the most special places to fall in love is the walled city of Cartagena. Trotting along in a horse-drawn carriage, you pass through the historic streets of colorful and majestic houses, in a place which was once Colombia’s most important port.
Just a short walk will be enough to start to discover the stories of heroism and the loves of Spanish colonial days. Cartagena’s peculiar architecture has been the backdrop or stage for films and books that tell the most passionate stories of love, pirates and heroes.
A restaurant, a cafe, a bar - all different, but all full of that Caribbean mystique which moves to the sound of the accordion, the pipe, the drum and the castanets - moves the body, brings a smile to the eyes, to the tune of the romantic stories of vallenato music and other local music.
Las playas de arena blanca y agua multicolor de Providencia son uno de los lugares más románticos de Colombia. / Foto: Carlos Sueskún.
Here too we find Paradise on islands and beaches. Providencia has sunsets which for a few instances convert a blue sea to a blaze of orange red and yellow.
On this island, and its sister Santa Catalina, have the privilege of being a natural paradise both above the water, and below it. Both perfect for couples to enjoy a dive!
Bucear en pareja en las aguas de Providencia puede ser una excelente e inolvidable experiencia.
In Providencia there is the enchantment of the local culture which invites you to dance, and nature which comes alive with birdsong at dawn, while you sleep in a romantic cabin.
Spend an afternoon on the beach, then, don't miss the walk over towards Santa Catalina across the Puente de los Enamorados (Lovers’ Bridge), to come into contact with a place that has never seen an automobile.
If you want to get lost in nature, and lose all contact with the world in outside, you should go to the Colombian Pacific. Here, far from everywhere, and with your eyes open only to the sea and its rushing waves, this is the perfect place for eating out by moonlight, walking along the beach, a glimpse of the mating whales, watching their children being born in the waters of Bahia Solano and Nuqui.
Las Islas del Rosario poseen un divertido acuario interactivo. / Foto: Usuario de Flickr Pattoncito.
Another island of dreams is Isla Grande, in the Rosario Archipelago, close to Cartagena. This natural sanctuary is the setting of a hotel far from the bustle of the city, perfect for a few days privacy, and delicious meals with the murmur of the sea as the only soundtrack.
In Isla Grande, there is the enchanted Lake of San Pedro de Majagua which on a moonless night glows with the movement swimmers. Just pass your hand over the surface of the water, and the entire lake will light up. This is a magical experience for any couple to share, in the memory (and not in a photograph album.)