When asked to name one of the most romantic cities in the world, Cartagena might not be top of mind, but that’s precisely why this gorgeous Colombian city should be in the running. With less than one million people, the city can be a little deceiving, tricking the eye into thinking it’s much bigger than it actually is. But bigger isn’t always better, and Cartagena easily proves that. Whether you’re wandering the mazes of cobbled streets that zig zag among the historic churches and centuries-old plazas that dot Cartagena’s 16th-century old town, or sipping a cup of coffee at a trendy cafe along the peninsula of Bocagrande, a visit here like stepping into a fairytale. With tropical beaches within easy reach, museums and restaurants around every corner, a nightlife that heats up when the sun goes down, and local culture and traditions seemingly oozing out of every colonial building you encounter, a visit to Cartagena is so much more than a vacation – it’s an experience you’ll never forget.