Cartagena:

Cartagena is an important port and city located in the province of Murcia on the Mediterranean coastline in Southern Spain.

In common with many towns in this area of Spain, Cartagena is split in two – the historic town inland with the sights of Veles Castle, La Purisma convent and San Andres Church (famous for its fine Mudejar ceiling) and Puerta del Cartagena on the coast,

Cartagena dates back to approximately 227BC and was founded by the Phoenicians with the Moors and Romans also having a great influence over the city.

Puerta de Cartagena (the port area) has a marina with berths for 200 boats. You can enjoy walking along the promenade which has many fantastic restaurants, bars and cafes. This area is crucial to the economy as it is very much still a working area with the fishing boats bringing in their fresh catches daily. 

Because Cartagena was strategically important a number of civilizations have made their presence felt as can be seen from its heritage with landmarks such as the Roman Theatre which is the second largest on the Iberian Peninsula as well as substantial remains dating back to the Phoenicians, Roman, Byzantine and Moorish eras.

Cartagena is guarded by two fortresses and one of the must things to do in Cartagena is visit the Castilla de la Concepcion.

Cartagena is less than twenty minutes away by car from the La Manga Strip, Mar Menor with its beaches and the famous La Manga Golf Course and within easy reach of two airports.   

Cartagena has a some great beaches within easy reach which includes the Cala Cortina, Islas Menores, El Galua Beach and La Gola beach.

Cartagena is well-known for it’s celebrations. The best ones to look out for include:

In mid-March Puerta del Cartagena celebrates the patron saint San Jose. This involves the burning of a giant falla (statue) on the beach ending with the usual spectacular firework display.

In the summer months of July and August there are many events such as concerts and celebrations.


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