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Welcome to Santa Marta, the oldest city of Colombia! You dream of travelling to Colombia and still wondering where to go? Search for cheap air tickets to Santa Marta and you can’t go wrong. At the northern tip of the country across the Caribbean coast Colombia, Santa Marta gathers all the pros of a Latin American destination. Colonial architecture, immense nature, local culture and indigenous history and spirit, art, history and legendary nightlife! What more could anyone wish for? Where Latin America crosses the Caribbean and meets Europe, book your flights and accommodation in Santa Marta and feel free to enjoy the ultimate holiday experience!
Santa Marta, capital of Magdalena, is situated at the Caribbean coast of Colombia and has traditionally been an important commercial hub, as well as a major tourist spot, attracting all kinds of visitors; from backpackers and budget travellers to families, couples seeking a romantic getaway and luxury travellers.
Santa Marta is considered as Colombia’s oldest city, famous mainly for three things: the Cathedral, the exotic beaches found in the Tayrona National Park and the ancient Lost City (Ciudad Perdida).
Though certainly less idyllic and cosmopolitan than its neighbour Cartagena, Santa Marta retains a genuine, original charm, stemming from its very own personal character that the city chose never to give up on.
Definitely one of the top must-sees in Colombia!
The airport of Santa Marta (Aeropuerto Internacional Simón Bolívar) is located 17 kilometres south of the city centre and is accessible solely by taxi services.
Getting around Santa Marta
You can get around Santa Marta by bus and taxi. Fares start from 1,100 COP and a typical taxi fare within the city shouldn’t cost more than 5,000 COP.
Santa Marta Guide
Your day in Santa Marta couldn’t begin but at the historic city centre, lined with beautiful colonial buildings. Focal point is the Plaza de Bolívar; make your way through and around the square and you’ll come across some very impressive examples of colonial architecture, the finest of which is the Cathedral of Santa Marta and the Gold Museum:
- The whitewashed Cathedral of Santa Marta (Santa Marta Catedral) is considered to be Colombia’s oldest cathedral and features several different architectural details. Highlights include the ashes of Rodrigo de Bastidas, founder of Santa Marta.
- The Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) is housed in a restored colonial mansion and boasts fabulous ethnographic and folklore collections related to the indigenous Tairona; items include pottery, jewellery, gold relics, artefacts and other memorabilia.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino. Property of Joaquín de Mier, Spanish defender of Colombian Independence, this house (hacienda or quinta) was eventually the last residence of the great Simón Bolívar.
Continue a few kilometres outside Santa Marta, at the Tayrona National Park, a vast wilderness of rare natural beauty, with idyllic spots and dreamy beaches; a true marvel of wild nature!
Finally, head to Taganga, a quaint picturesque fishing village, where you can enjoy traditional settlements with an extraordinary aura, lots of beautiful beaches, local shops and restaurants.
Starting from Taganga, follow the trail leading to the Lost City (Ciudad Perdida), the archaeological site of an ancient city said to have been founded in approximately 800 AD, around 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu!
The official language of Santa Marta is Spanish.
To enter Colombia, you need to have a passport, valid up until 6 months after your travel dates. Greek citizens do not need a Visa, for a maximum stay of 90 days.
When to Go
Santa Marta is characterised by the typical climate of the Caribbean, with temperatures around 28º C all year round, warm days and cool, pleasant nights.
The climate in Santa Marta can be divided into two distinctive seasons, the wet (May - November) and the dry (December - April).
You can safely visit Santa Marta every season of the year, as long as you have prepared your itinerary accordingly.