Cheap Flights To Barranquilla
A beautiful and fascinating city on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, Barranquilla is the capital of the Atlántico Department and the largest port in the region. With a population of 2,370,753, it is the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the country. It is known as The Golden Gate of Colombia due to its location linking it to the rest of the country and the Caribbean.
The town was officially established in 1813, although it is at least 200 years older than that, making it the only settlement in South America that was populated before its official foundation. This is due to its strategic location near a port, and it was an important haven for immigrants from Asia, Europe and the Middle East during the First and Second World Wars.
The city is known as the home of the famous Carnival of Barranquilla but the city also offers visitors a wide variety of must-see and must-do attractions. From the gorgeous baroque architecture of the Museo Romantico to the flat barge trips to Bocas de Ceniza, there is something to keep everyone occupied as they explore the gorgeous portal to the Land of Magical Realism.
Things To Do
For visitors of any age or interest, there is something to appeal to everyone in Barranquilla.
For those who love to learn about the history of the place they're visiting, this is certainly the city of you! Visit the Museo Romantico and the Caribbean Museum to learn more about the inhabitants of the city over the years. For lovers of literature, there are tours that trace the life and works of resident Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Bocas de Ceniza
This point is where the Magdalena River meets the Caribbean Sea. A gorgeous point accessible by barge or rail-tram, this is a great place to enjoy nature and watch the cargo ships in the distance reminding visitors of the importance of the city in regards to industry and international relations.
Due to its location on the coast, the city is an excellent base for those wanting to explore some of the smaller towns nearby. Puerto Colombia, Santa Elena, Plato and Palomino are all within a two-hour drive of the city.
Calendar Of Events
The major event in Barranquilla is the Carnival held every January although throughout the year there are several festivals that draw the crowds to the coastal city.
Carnival. Well known across the continent, people travel to the city every January to experience the dance, food and gastronomic extravaganza the city has on offer in the shape of a four-day festival. It was recognised as a UNESCO festival in 2003 and draws millions of people every year.
Cine a la Calle. An outdoor film festival held in May, films are shown in pop-up cinemas around the city and include local and international movies for the whole family.
The Barranquilla Jazz Festival. This festival has been running for 13 years and attracts visitors and acts from around the world. Occurring annually in September, the Caribbean flavour of the festival ensures a party every day of the week.