The Colombian city of Santa Marta is located on the country’s Caribbean coastline, within the Magdalena province. The city was founded in the 16th century by Rodrigo de Bastidas, the Spanish explorer and conqueror and is Colombia’s oldest existing city. Visitors looking to spend their holidays in this popular tourist destination will find that there is a great choice of self catering accommodation available for holiday rental here. There is a wonderful choice of apartments, villas and townhouses, suitable for most budgets. Some of the more exclusive holiday accommodation will afford fabulous sea views and the use of a private pool.
Visitors spending their holidays in Santa Marta will find that the city attracts a large number of both local and international tourists. This is partly due to its long history, which is reflected by its wealth of well-preserved colonial architecture, as well as its wonderful beaches. The best and most impressive of the city’s architecture can be found within the Downtown area, which is also the location of the city’s recently completed marina. From the marina depart a number of chartered pleasure cruises, allowing visitors the opportunity to discover this part of Columbia’s stunning Caribbean coastline at close quarters. Alternatively, visitors enjoying their holiday in Santa Marta may wish to spend some time chilling out and topping-up their tan on one of the city’s wide, sandy beaches.
There are a number of historically and architecturally fascinating buildings and landmarks to be found within the Downtown area of the city. Of particular interest to visitors spending their holidays in Santa Marta are the 18th century Cathedral, San Fernando Fort and the Tayrona Museum, which is housed within the 16th century La Casa de la Aduana: the oldest custom house in the Americas. Visitors with interests in nature and the region’s indigenous fauna and flora will be drawn to the nearby Tayrona National Park, the most important ecological reserve in the country, and the Mamancana Nature Reserve.
Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Santa Marta will find that this region of Columbia enjoys a sub-tropical climate. Temperatures tend to steadily remain between the late 20s and early 30s degrees Celsius throughout the year. The majority of the city’s annual rainfall of 36 inches will fall in its two rainy seasons, which are April/May and October/November.
Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Santa Marta will need to first fly with Iberia Airways from London Heathrow (LHR) to Madrid (MAD), in Spain. From here they will then fly on to Bogota (BOG), before taking a connecting domestic flight to Santa Marta Airport (SMR). Visitors may alternatively fly with Continental Airlines or American Airlines via Miami (MIA).