Cartagena Travel Guide

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Cartagena Highlights

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    jol1y says…

     Just a nice place to be. Nice people, lovely food 

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     Some areas a bit run down, but being re-developed. 

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     A lovely up and coming tourist city 

Cartagena Things to Do

  • Ayuntamiento

    Cartagena's city hall is a modern palace, built with a triangular plant about hundred years ago. The unstable soil, and errors in the construction quickly ruined the building that was closed to recovery, only finished in 2006. Located in a central area, by the sea, its marble facade is really pretty, and, it seems the interior staircase also...

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  • Torres park

    The castle's hill is well gardened, and prepared to help the visitor to understand the history of Cartagena, in its History Interpretation Center, located in the castle. To visit it you may either walk uphill from town, or to use the panoramic lift situated in calle Gisbert

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  • Roman Theatre

    The rich history of Cartagena is well exemplified by the Roman theatre. Discovered in 1987, and rebuilt until 2003, this theatre was started in the 5fth or 3rd century BC, and used until the 3rd century AD, when a market replaced it. In 435 the whole city was destroyed by the Vandals. Later on, after Byzantine, Visigoth and Muslim occupations, in...

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  • Castle

    The castle is located in the hill of Conception, overlooking the city, and is used as as tourist center. It is a nice space, with pleasant gardens, but with not much to see except... the views.

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  • Cavite heroes

    I hate to be ignorant.Look at me, in Cartagena, facing a monument to Cavite heroes...Cavite heroes... what is that?Cavite was a very important port in Manila bay, that in 1647 was attacked by the Dutch fleet. The Spanish sunk the Dutch, and kept control of Phillipinnes.Ah Ah!It's nice, this simple monument to Cavite heroes. "Cavite heroes", don't...

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  • La Manga del Mar Menor

    Cartagena was never in my plans. However, I spent a week in La Manga del Mar Menor and, being so close, I couldn't skip it.Well, it was a good surprise, and now I don't know how to mention it: Is it Cartagena a nice visit to those who stay in La Manga de Mar Menor beaches, or is La Manga a great beach for those who visit Cartagena?

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  • Arsenal's door

    Cartagena was on of the most important naval bases in Spain, and its military relevance is easy to understand today. Built in the 18Th century, the Arsenal occupies a large area, with a remarkable door.

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  • Moors Castle

    In a hill facing the city there's a castle named Castillo de los Moros, but I don't know from where did it get the name. It was built by the end of the eighteen century, when the moors were gone long time ago. It has a Neoclassic style, with French influences and it is reasonably preserved.

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  • Nautical Museum

    With a collection of maritim pieces, maps and works of art, this museum has a free entrance. It has also a large collection of ship models

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Cartagena Restaurants

  • Be adventurous and be surprised :)

    Sit outside and become part of the sidewalk. People watch, enjoy a drink and very nice reasonably priced local food. You are not rushed and the staff are very helpful. It helps to have a local when ordering the first few times :) Thanks Mercedes. Too many to mention but the hams and cheese's are nice, the chrizo in cider too, along with the fish...

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  • Take the train to La Viva in Los Nietos

    Good varied menu to suit all. All looks freshly cooked. They went out of their way to cook our meal as we arrived too early for the evening menu, as we English tend to do. They do 'real chips' which a lot of you may not understand but they were a treat. My steak was very good too.The home made sweets were also fantastic.I will be going back the...

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  • Sushi

    A small one man stall in the Mercado de Santa Florentina. Made fresh in front of you. Lovely fresh food served with a smile It all looked good and the ones we had were very tasty.

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  • La Marina

    2 parts to this place, menu del dia is excellent value at 9 euros or choose your fish from the fresh display and cooked to your requirements. This is charged by weight so be careful what you choose if you are on a budget. The staff will help you decide. Menu del dia was a soup / stew followed by fresh fish, choice of sweet and coffee. Very nice...

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  • Tapas

    I cannot remember the names or places we ate but I can assure you we never had a bad meal in any of the local places we went.

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  • Don't Miss The Fresh Seafood!

    Tradition in good fish and rices. Its dish "Rice La Tana" (a "caldero" type rice made with minced squids and shrimps, with no heads and no bones) is delicious. To get more information visit its web site, please (you can check some of the House speciality dishes and prices -in English- clicking on "Sugerencias" -suggestions-)

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Cartagena Nightlife

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    A relaxing bar with a quirky setting. You have to see it to appreciate the work that has gone into it.

    Dress Code: casual

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Cartagena Transportation

  • Submarine - Issac Pearl

    Bit of a transport cheat but it is a something you need to go to when in Cartagena. At the moment it is on the 'Port' but they say it will soon be moved to protect it from the elements. I will not bore you with it's history but it is interesting and something of a surprise.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Peral

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  • Cartagena - Los Nietos narrow gauge...

    No car and you are in Cartagena then take the train to the coast of the Mar Menor to Los Nietos.This narrow gauge railway takes in various stops on the way and is a good way to reach the Mines of La Union where the station is a short walk from the attraction.Cartagena to Los Nietos on the Mar Menor takes about 1/2 an hour. Cartagena Feve station is...

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  • Flights from Ireland to Cartagena

    Yes, Murcia is the closest airport to Cartagena and Ryanair do cheap flights between Dublin and Murcia. DUB -> MJVI would definitely recommend renting a car if coming to Cartagena. There is public transport, but car hire is cheap and you will make much more of your journey with one. You can hire at the airport. Have a look online to compare...

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Cartagena Shopping

  • A shopping oasis

    A delight for all shoppers, an oasis in the sun. Air conditioning!! Food, wine, beer, clothes, art, bowling, cinema,casino, B&Q type shops, sport shops, electrical, gardening and for me an exit.It's like the Trafford center in Manchester. A Mall on the outskirts of the city. Lovely smoked hams. Too much

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  • What to bring back home ?

    What you should bring back from Spain if you drive home ?• Sweet onions. to eat raw, sliced in tomato salads. The outer skin is pinkish, the flesh white. We bring back 15 kg of sweet onions for ourselves and for gifts. • Mojama primera (atun) (tuna dry fillets), delicious appetizer. At fish markets, the full size fillets are too large to bring...

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Cartagena Local Customs

  • Carthaginians and Romans Festival

    The September festival 'Carthaginians and Romans' is one not to be missed. Hopefully the weather will be kind to you. I have been a few times now and enjoyed it more every time as I get to understand the story more and more. The locals really get into character and put a lot of time and effort into their costumes.It does not get going until late so...

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  • ASIATICO (ass e et i co)

    In Cartagena area only go into a bar, restaurant and ask for an 'Asiatico' (Ass e et i co). The waiter will smile and bring you a local delight. You can drink it at any time, well I do. It's a combination of local liquor and coffee. Condensed milk poured into the base.A generous measure of the local 43 liquor.A shot of espresso coffee.Topped with...

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  • RESTAURANTS

    -El Pez Rojo 968.563109.End Paseo de la Barra. Good fish.Try "long and narrow" trial menu ("many dishes, small quantities"). Really generous portions in his excellent trial menu.- Miramar, 968.563033. Beginning of Paseo de la Barra. - Katalan, 968146021. Paseo de La Barra, next after La Tana. - El Navegante, Tel. 968563312. End Paseo de La Barra,...

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Cartagena Tourist Traps

  • Criuse Ship Excitement

    As Cartgena is now becoming a stop off port for the cruise ships it brings with it the husstle and bussle of an extra 10,000 in a short time. I was lucky enough to see 3 ships here in Cartagena this past visit and I must admit it added lots of life to the city.

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  • Cartagena or Cartagena ?

    Do you know the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety signed on 29 January 2000 ? The Protocol seeks to protect biological diversity from the potential risks posed by living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology. Interesting landmark in Cartagena, isn't it ? Sure, but not in THIS Cartagena ! Actually, that was done in Cartagena de...

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Cartagena Off The Beaten Path

  • Santo Domingo

    The oldest church in Cartagena gives name to one of the most vivid squares in town, day and night. There is a legend about the church and the devil, but... I leave it to your tourist guide.

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  • Peral submarine

    In my visit to Cartagena I had no idea about what meant a submarine in display facing the harbour. Afterwards I read that it was a prototipe conceived by Isaac Peral in 1885, propelled by electric energy. It failed some tests and didn't reach the needed autonomy, the project being abandoned. The sub was forgotten until 1965, when the naval...

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  • Amphiteater

    Hard works were trying to enrich the already recovered Roman theatre discovered in 1987. Dating from the first century A.D., and together with the theatre in Mérida, is one of the most important in Spain, but they want more. Good idea, but is it possible to understand the whole complex?

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Cartagena Favorites

  • Searches

    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.

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  • Asdrubal

    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.

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  • Nice relaxing bar close to the port

    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...

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