First Time Tourists Guide in Barranquilla, Colombia

Pixabay - The sunset in Barranquilla city

Barranquilla is the capital district of Atlántico Department in Colombia which also the main industrial, shopping, educational and cultural center of the Caribbean Region of Colombia

This city is famous for its Carnival of Barranquilla which holds every year and the second biggest carnival in America Latin

You need to visit Plaza De San Nicolas to start your city tour and taking some snaps in front of the historical yellow building Castillo de Salgar

Having an authentic Caribbean dish at Narcobollo restaurant may give you an amazing dinner experience before spending some nights at Hotel Pradomar

  

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SIGHTSEEING

Plaza De San Nicolas established in the early 18th century is a good starting point on your journey in Barranquilla. Located in the historic center Barranquilla it is always worth exploring to get in touch with the city. The most eye-catching building in this plaza is the majestic church of San Nicolás de Tolentino and a house with colonial architecture, Lacorazza house is on the side of the plaza side to side with Banco Comercial de Barranquilla with neoclassical style.

Plaza De San Nicolas

Open public space in Barranquilla, Colombia

From the 18th century to the first half of the 20th it was the epicenter of the city's social, commercial and cultural life

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DOWNTOWN

The center city of Barranquilla is in the Paseo Bolivar where the city is getting expand and begins to rise from time to time. Marked with Bolivar Statue which situated in the center of the plaza, paseo Bolivar is surrounded by other city landmarks such as city hall and numerous commercial and financial buildings. Paseo de Bolivar always packed with locals and tourists and you need to give more attention to your belongings since there are pocket pickers.

Paseo Bolívar

Heart of Baranquila, perfect for walking or skating

Address : Cra. 44 ###34, Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia

SHOPPING

Doing window shopping in Portal Del Prado Centro then grab some souvenirs in there, will giving you pleasure. Besides you get the things which you want, you also get cultural experience in Barranquilla. In this shopping center, you can find iconic souvenirs from Barranquilla such as hammock, Emerald, Ruana Poncho, and many more.

Portal Del Prado Centro

Indoor mall with 2 levels of stores, plus a collection of popular restaurants & a movie theater

Address : Cl. 53 #46-192, Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia

FOOD & DRINK

You need to have a bite of Arepas to mark your visit to Barranquilla. It is made of ground maize dough which usually served along with cheese, cuajada (fresh cheese), various meats, chicken, avocado. The taste of Arepas is basic and this dish often served in the tables of the locals as a daily meal.

CULTURE

The local of Barranquilla is mainly speak Coastal Spanish which has a unique variant and accent in every district. As part of the American Latin, people of Barranquilla really love to dance and Cumbia is one of the basic music rhythms which defines the city. You can have unforgettable cultural experiences by joining its Carnival of Barranquilla which held annually.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Barranquilla is from December to April, to get the festive energy of Carnival of Barranquilla preparation and the weather is undeniably fine to stroll the city.

HOTEL

Located on the beach, Hotel Pradomar offers you a panoramic view of the Caribbean sea and brings the sea breeze from its exotic wooden windows. From the terrace, you can embrace the warm sunshine while laying on the hammock. But when you want to stay in the city center, you may book a room at Hotel el Prado. The hotel located nearby some city landmarks such as Romelio Martinez Stadium and Centro Comercial Villa Country which only take some minutes to walk.

Hotel Pradomar

Caribbean vibes hotel with excellent serving

Address : 081001, Puerto Colombia, Atlántico, Colombia

Hotel el Prado

A historic hotel located in the best sector of the city, forming part of the national heritage of Colombia

Address : Cra. 54 ##70-10, Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia

RESTAURANTS

Narcobollo which mainly served Colombian restaurant is the right place to go when you want to get the real taste of Barranquilla. The spacious dining room with simple decor successfully brings the summer Caribbean atmosphere. On the other hand, El Celler offers Spain cuisine which has Barranquilla flavor from the traditional into the creative modern menu. The restaurant has a chic and vibrant atmosphere by its warm light and fine furniture.

Narcobollo

Great authentic Colombian dish and fast service

Address : Cra. 43 ##84-188, Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia

El Celler

They serve Iberian cuisine and exalting the flavors of the Caribbean

Its cuisine goes from traditional to creative and modern dishes

Address : Cra. 54 #75-119, Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia

CAFE

When you want to try the original Colombian Coffee you may head to Juan Valdez Café which also offers sweet pastries. This cafe has indoor and outdoor seating, to make the customer get their most comfortable seat while enjoying the city's vibes with a cup of caffeine. Maybe you need something sweet to rising up your blood sugar, Heladeria Americana is the right place to go. This cafe offers many kinds of ice cream and small bite snack which can melt your exhausted away after strolling around the city.

Juan Valdez Café

Colombian java, cold drinks & pastries in a casual coffeehouse setting with free WiFi

Address : Cl. 82 #52-60, Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia

Heladeria Americana

Both their breads and our ice creams are made using traditional techniques and the best raw materials to provide customers

Address : Cra. 43 #72-52, Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

La Troja is a bar in Barranquilla which has the most Caribbean ambiance since the people here always automatically dancing salsa in front of the bar when the music starts playing. The bar has a chic and vibrant atmosphere by its full-color artwork hanging in the wall which provides cold beers. But when you are looking for the best spot to enjoy the sun setting in Barranquilla while taking a sip of cocktails, you may grab a seat in Coco Beach. The bar has a see-through glass wall which possible to see the sun getting down to the horizon from every corner.

La Troja

Enjoy your beers and Latin music

Address : Cra. 53 ##75-160, Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia

Coco Beach

Complete place to spend your night

Address : HOTEL GHL COLLECTION, Cl. 107 #5069, Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia

INTERESTING PLACES

You have to visit Museo del Caribe to learn the history and culture of Colombia's Caribbean. In this museum, there are many collections which explain to you how the Colombian people life from the past until today. On the other hand, you have to make sure that joining the crowd of Carnival of Barranquilla is a part of your plan when visiting Barranquilla. This is the second biggest carnival for America Latin after Rio De Janeiro which always be awaited by the locals and tourists.

Museo del Caribe

This museum is more than a structure, it is the spirit of the coastline in a center created to receive all visitors

Address : Cl. 36 ##46 - 66, Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia

Barranquilla's Carnival

One of Colombia's most important folkloric celebrations, and one of the biggest carnival in the world

Address : Cl. 53 #46-07, Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia

INSTAGRAMABLE SPOTS

You need to bring a "yellow part" of Barranquilla to your Instagram feed by taking a snap in Castillo de Salgar. It is established in 1848 in the ruins of the old fortress of San Antonio which functioned as a prison, control point defence, school and nowadays become restaurant and event space. But, taking a photo in front of Catedral Metropolitana María Reina will complete your visit in Barranquilla. It takes 27 years to finish the construction of the Cathedral and the majestic vibes of this building will giving aesthetic value on your Instagram feed.

Castillo de Salgar

Good place to hang out with your friends and spend the day

Address : Calle 9 #1316, Salgar, Puerto Colombia, Atlántico, Colombia

Catedral Metropolitana María Reina

This cathedral church of Catholic worship dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Address : # 53—, Cra. 45 #140, Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia