Favorite thing: More than historic remains, in Cartagena is noticeable the effort to keep on finding them. In several parts of the city digging is continued, and here and there, the new elements found but not yet well prepared to be seen are already announced. I think that there's a great future to tourism in Cartagena.
There are many bars near the port serving nice food and drink. You will just have to use your experience to find the better ones. I like the one at the end of the Cathedral / Amphitheatre visit. it's a tastefully refurbished house with a history under it's glass floors. Try to have a quick look in the small cellar. It's only small but a nice place to cool down.
From the port walk down the main street past the Town Hall and take the 1st street on the right just past the Cathedral Museum. Up to the top and turn right. Up the hill and it's on your right.
Fondest memory: I'm sorry I can't remember if they did food :( but if your peckish there is a nice Italian round the corner or a typical tapas bar that does a mean Octopus !!
Why only one ? During the night, we felt guilty to have bought only one and on our last day, we went back and bought a second one !
That makes a perfect gift to bring back, doesn't it ? Everybody enjoy tasting such a delicious ham !
Favorite thing: Help yourself, have one ! During all our stay in Cartagena, each time we went at the supermarket; this sight was a permanent temptation ! Two days before leaving, we went to the supermarket and finally bought one to bring back home !
Favorite thing: These superb Norway lobsters, will very soon go directly from the market to the pan ! We were lucky to have brought with us a large pan, just in case, but we felt that the case might occur ! It did ! We cooked them in olive oil with onions. Nothing else. It was delicious !
Mercado Santa Florentina.
They have red tuna and albacore of various sizes. Everything is always very very fresh. In other places of the market, they sell smoked tuna that is delicious as very thin slices, with bread and a little butter.
Mercado Santa Florentina
There are various types of sea-food, shrimps, various size of Norway lobster. I have seen a huge lobster, may be 3 kg I wanted to take a picture but before I could take it, it was gone ! I suppose it had been ordered in advance.
Mercado Santa Florentina. Is one of the two markets in Cartagena.
You will find here every kind of fresh fish, as well the small one than the largest tuna, mackerels (Spanish mackerels of course !), sardines, red mullet, etc....
Buon apetito !
Sometimes, even supermarkets are worth the visit !
We had never seen so many hams ! Here, some "jamon iberico de belota" (iberic ham from porks feeding practically in the wild on acorn), the best spanish ham !!
if you are in Cartagena by JULY don't miss LA MAR DE MUSICAS a music festival every year is dedicated to one country although there are musics from all over the world in a opened-air theater from where you can see the mediterranean and all the city also the old roman theater
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Walk through the Calle Mayor, Visit the Roman remains, the castles and historic buildings. Shop til you drop, and walk along the quayside, It'll be nice when it's complete!
Fondest memory: The engaging english speaking waiter with a limp, who ordered our entire meal for us, looked after us very well and then denuded us of a vast sum of money for what was an excellent meal.
go to LA MANGA you wil find there two seas the mediterranean sea and the mar menor (the small sea) a salted lagune with hotter waters and no dept waters with islands where you can eat the typical paella with seafood or fried sardines.
Fondest memory: the best dawn and dusk ,sun go up over the mediterranean sea and goes down on the mar menor, you will see colours that you will not forget
walk around calle mayor (main street), city hall, roman theater, the remains of the old cathedral and go up to a hill where you can find a park where is a arab castle, from here you will have beautiful views of cartagena, the harbour and the mediterranean sea and the mountains around, the old walls are wonderful too, the carlos III walls .
Fondest memory: the image of the port of cartagena with the mediterranean sea
Favorite thing: if you are in Cartagena by JULY don't miss LA MAR DE MUSICAS a music festival this year dedicated to MALI music although you will find many others kind of music. visit a 'href=http://www.distrito.com/la mar de musicas/'>la mar de musicas festival music
Favorite thing: The founder of the city was Asdrubal the general from Carthage (thus giving his name to the city). He is remembered in a small monument in the castle.