Cartagena is packed with colorful, bustling little “plazas”, each with their own charm. However, if you’re looking for a calm yet magnificent square, I’d recommend going to the Plaza de San Pedro Claver, located in front of the imposing convent of San Pedro Claver.
The convent was named in honor of Pedro Claver, a Spanish-born monk who lived and died in the convent (1580–1654). He was known as the ‘Apostle of the Blacks’ as he spent most of his life caring for the enslaved people brought from Africa.
The convent is primarily a museum possessing a tree-filled courtyard, religious art and pre-Colombian ceramics. You can even visit San Pedro Claver’s tomb, kept in a glass coffin. I’d also recommend pushing the large church doors adjacent to the convent and take a peak inside.
The plaza is a mere 5-minutes walk from the Tower Gate and is surrounded by charming cafes and restaurants, each with outdoor terraces facing the beautifully-lit convent. On the plaza you’ll find a cute little bar called El Baron, where many come to catch up around some delicious tapas and enjoy a nice cold cocktail. Its’ neighboring restaurant, the San Pedro Cafe also known as the Mirador restaurant, is also a wonderful place in the evenings, to enjoy good food whilst admiring the glowing convent.
This plaza also has a unique “postcard” view to the Cathedral Basilica.
Need To Know
Not many people know this, but you can eat some of the best crepes in town with the best view in town, on the rooftop of the Crepes & Waffles (3rd level).