The oldest colonial city of South America, Santa Marta was established by the Spanish in the 16th century. The area around the old city dates back to the ancient Tayronas, who ruled the region before the Spanish invasion. Like most colonial cities in Colombia, Santa Marta too embraces the old and the new. Most of the old colonial downtown area is pedestrianized, centered around the lovely Parque de los Novios, which is within walking distance of the ocean and bay. Santa Marta is also an excellent gateway to a host of wonderful destinations around the Sierra Nevada and the Caribbean Sea coast, such as the Tayrona National Park and the beautiful beaches of Bahia Concha. The city boasts popular nightclubs and restaurants that regularly spill out into the streets with Latino music and dancing lasting until dawn!
Oldest South American Colonial City
Tayrona National Park & Beaches
Recommended Colombia Tours
Places: Bogota (1 day) → San Agustin (3) → Bogota (1) → Villa de Leyva (2) → Coffee Region (3) → Cartagena (3)
Tour Highlights: Spanish Colonial Capital, Art & Architecture, Restaurants & Nightlife, UNESCO World Heritage site, Magdalena River...
Casa de Leda Hotel & Spa is located less than an hour’s drive away from Simón Bolívar International Airport in Santa Marta. It is a well-maintained, colonial-era property comprising of the original building and modern extensions.