Top 5 Things To Do In Cartagena

Top 5 Things To Do In Cartagena

With family living in Murcia, we couldn’t say no to a little bus trip down to Cartagena (not to be confused with Colombia’s Cartagena – we are still on mainland Spain!). Cartagena is a small town located within the region of Murcia, and it is home to one of the most important trade and defensive ports in modern history. So let’s take a walk through some it’s most fun and interesting sights. (But be sure to keep in mind of that siesta time, as some places close early!).

Wander down Cartagena’s version of Hollywood Boulevard 

Ok, I kind of just made that up. We are not in Hollywood – but look at those palm trees, c’mon! I was in awe of this massive stretch of road, it’s perfect for those Insta picks – anyone good at Photoshop? Asking for a friend.

Cartagena Spain

Take an Educational Boat Trip

As a port town and a major cruise ship stopover, it’s imperative that you take a little boat trip around Cartagena’s coast to discover its rich history, including it’s mining background and long fight with pirates. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you!

Cartagena Spain

Archaeological & Naval Museum

Cartagena is home to 12 museums, and when you get there and realise how small a town it is, you will see that 12 is a lot. Two of the greatest museums is the Naval Museum and the Archaeological Museum, both of which are free with a small donation to preserve its upkeep and staffing.

Cartagena Spain

Visit the Roman Theatre of Carthago Nova

The Roman Theatre is an awe inspiring piece of architecture, and any photographs will not do its height any justice. We climbed to the top, but please bear in mind it is quite a steep trek to get there so might not be for anyone with any walking issues. There is a lift though that will take you to a great height.

Cartagena Spain

Walk the Cobbled Streets & Stop for an Estrella

After you’ve exhausted yourself walking the heights and depths of the Roman Theatre, the exit takes you out on to the cobbled streets of this cute town. It combines a rich vibe of modernity with historical architecture and culture, something that is rarely available in today’s society. There’s a great bar – The Yellow Submarine – that offers a wide range of different beers where you can sit outside and watch the world go by on the promenade.

Cartagena Spain

Cartagena Spain

 

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Things to do in Cartagena Spain

Things to Do Cartagena Spain



  • The archeological sites in Cartagena look so cool! And the fact that it is on the coast make it seem perfect. Love your ideas. Will be saving this for later!

  • Ha

    This place looks really beautiful <3 Love the mix and vibe of the city and the coast!

  • Never did make it to Cartagena when I was in Almeria but have added it to my trip for next spring when I once again get to visit lovely Spain.