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Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena is in the Murcia region of Spain.

Cartagena is the main Seaport of the

Murcia region

. Cartagena concentrates an artistic legacy that summarizes almost three millennia of Spanish History, being inhabited by most great Mediterranean Empires that have conquered the Iberian Peninsula sometime. Cartagena is a city full of monuments, with many archeological sites and outstanding buildings of historical interest, together with the charm of the sea and the typical bustle of a port city.
Dirty and very polluted in the past (due to the nearby Refinery), the new redevelopments (like the initiative "Cartagena, Port of Culture") and restorations have turned it into a major tourist destination and is a frequent disembarkation point for numerous cruises. Its wide municipal territory also... Read more

Cartagena, Spain

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Cartagena is in the Murcia region of Spain.

Cartagena is the main Seaport of the

Murcia region

. Cartagena concentrates an artistic legacy that summarizes almost three millennia of Spanish History, being inhabited by most great Mediterranean Empires that have conquered the Iberian Peninsula sometime. Cartagena is a city full of monuments, with many archeological sites and outstanding buildings of historical interest, together with the charm of the sea and the typical bustle of a port city.
Dirty and very polluted in the past (due to the nearby Refinery), the new redevelopments (like the initiative "Cartagena, Port of Culture") and restorations have turned it into a major tourist destination and is a frequent disembarkation point for numerous cruises. Its wide municipal territory also includes part of the famous holiday resort

La Manga del Mar Menor,

 part of the Mar Menor coast and several protected areas of natural beauty near the coast.

Cartagena has been inhabited for over two millennia, being founded around 227 BC by the Carthaginian Hasdrubal the Fair as Qart Hadasht, the same name as the original city of Carthage. The city had its heyday during the Roman Empire when it was known as Carthago Nova (the New Carthage) and Carthago Spartaria, capital of the province of Carthaginensis. It was one of the important cities during the Umayyad invasion of Hispania, under its Arabic name of Qartayannat al-Halfa.

Much of the historical weight of Cartagena in the past goes to its coveted defensive port, one of the most important in the western Mediterranean. Cartagena has been the capital of the Spanish Navy's Maritime Department of the Mediterranean since the arrival of the Spanish Bourbons in the 18th century. As far back as the 16th century, it was one of the most important naval ports in Spain, together with Ferrol in the North. It is still an important naval seaport, the main military haven of Spain, and is home to a large naval shipyard.

The confluence of civilizations as well as its strategic harbor, together with the rise of the local mining industry is manifested by a unique artistic heritage, with a number of landmarks such as the Roman Theatre, the second largest of the Iberian Peninsula after the one in Mérida, an abundance of Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine, and Moorish remains, and a plethora of Art Nouveau buildings, a result of the bourgeoisie from the early 20th century. Cartagena is now established as a major cruise ship destination in the Mediterranean and an emerging cultural focus.

Climate

Cartagena has a hot semi-arid climate. Its location near the ocean moderates the temperature and annual precipitation typically does not surpass 300 mm (12 in). The annual average temperature goes up to around 20.4 °C (69 °F), making it—for the year 2014–the warmest city in Europe. The coldest month is January, with an average temperature of 13.7 °C (57 °F). In August, the warmest month, the average temperature is 28.7 °C (84 °F). The wind is an important climatic factor in the region.

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Cartagena, Spain: Port Information


Usually, cruise ships dock at the marina situated near the town center. If there are two ships in the port, another ship will dock on the south side of the harbor (in this case, shuttle service will be provided).
There are tourist information stands, busses, and taxis at the cruise terminal. You can easily get to the center of the town on foot.

Get around Cartagena, Spain


The historic center is compact and easily accessible from your cruise ship. You can explore it on foot.
There are hop on hop off buses and tourist boats.
You can take a taxi if you want to get to Cartagena’s outskirts – for example, to enjoy a beach day.

What to see in Cartagena, Spain


  • Roman remains, including the brand-new

    Roman theatre

    , recently restored. Also of interest is its Museum.
  • Modernist houses, made by the pupils of the famous architect Gaudi. Including the former Town Hall, the Gran Hotel, the Casino and the Casa Maestre, among others.
  • Military fortresses and facilities.
  • The Promenade and the harbor, including the famous Peral Submarine and the ARQUA (National Museum of Subaquatic Archaeology).
  • Other ancient remains (of Punic, Byzantine or Arabic origin).
  • Several churches throughout the city.

What to do in Cartagena, Spain


  • A route by the Tourist catamaran throughout the Port area on way to the Christmas Fortress, at the end of the Harbour and at the beginning of the open sea.
  • A route by the Tourist bus, covering the Old part of town.
  • Take the Panoramic Elevator and have a view of the city.
  • Go to the nearby beaches.

What to eat and drink in Cartagena, Spain


City center:
- La Tartana, Puertas de Murcia. Mediterranean food.
- La Tagliatella, Italian nice Restaurant, near of the Roman Theater.
- La Mejillonera, Seafood and good fish. Calle Mayor.
- Mare Nostrum, in the port. Mediterranean food.
- Mesón Jamaica, Calle Canales. Mediterranean food.
- La Marquesita, Plaza de Alcolea nº6, mediterranean food, too expensive but excellent food.
Near of city center:
- El pincho de Castilla, Calle Angel Bruna. - Sacromonte, in "La Vaguada". Excellent food. (5 km from city center).
- El Trovador, in "La Vaguada". (5 km from city center).
- Alameda Tapas, Alameda San Antón.
- La Vagoneta, Alameda San Antón.
- El Rancho, cocina argentina.
- La Sella, vegetarian food and good ambient.

 

Shopping in Cartagena, Spain


Shopping ranges from numerous, quality stores to an El Corte Ingles department store, most found on a pedestrianized avenue that begins at the harbor.

Safety in Cartagena, Spain


In general, Cartagena is safe. Nevertheless, you should always take several precautions, like in any other place in the world.
Always watch your bag and purse. Never carry a large amount of money, expensive jewelry, etc. with you. Do not demonstrate your wealth. Beware of pickpockets.

Language spoken in Cartagena, Spain


Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken in tourist places.

LOCAL TIME

8:53 am
August 25, 2019
Europe/Madrid

CURRENT WEATHER

25.08 °C / 77.144 °F
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Thu

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