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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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