Mediterranean Sea, Region of Murcia

A naval port on the Mediterranean Sea, in the Region of Murcia, Cartagena’s history spans over almost three thousand years, since its construction by Phoenicians. Many civilisations have left their mark on it since, particularly Carthaginians, Romans and Arabs; regardless of the leadership, its history has mainly been determined by its geographical position, which played a key role in many military campaigns. Aside from the naval industry and all benefits derived from its coastal, location, economically, it has exploited its geological strata for mining. At present, its touristic importance is on a continuous rise, particularly for cruising.

Cartagenas city walls

There are many attractions to visit in Cartagena, aside from its large shipyard and beaches. It’s Phoenician, Carthaginian and Roman vestiges are numerous, and among the most notable being the Roman Theatre of Cathago Nova, a large part having survived through the centuries.

Its many architecturally impressive constructions include its large city hall; the Naval Headquarter Palace and the Grand Hotel, whilst among its most visited churches are Santa Maria de Gracia and Santo Domingo.

Moreover, Cartagena has got access to a protected natural area known as Mar Menor, a lagoon situated in close proximity of the Mediterranean Sea, very popular for its water sports facilities.

Aside from its Holy Week processions and other national holidays celebrated with the same intensity in Cartagena, local events include the Carthaginians and Romans festival, evocative of the Punic Wars and the rulings of both ancient civilisations in the area, which are deemed to have partly shaped the local culture. The number of museums and their variety is also remarkable – among the many, visitors can explore the National Museum of Underwater Archaeology, displaying many items retrieved from shipwrecks, the Regional Military Museum of Cartagena, the Roman Theatre Museum, the Spanish Civil War Museum, focusing on Cartagena’s participation, and even a Museum of Carriages and Motorcycles.

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