Cartagena is one of the oldest cities in the world. With over 3,000 years of history to its name, the city boasts an abundance of important historical sites and ancient treasures. One of Spain’s lesser-known destinations, Cartagena has been regenerated in recent years to help attract more visitors. By tastefully modernizing parts of the city including its ancient attractions, Cartagena has become a really pleasant place to explore with plenty to discover.
Housed inside a contemporary building are the remains of the ancient Punic War. Here an exhibition explains why the wall was once so important to Cartagena as it was built to defend the city back in the 3rd century BC.
Also, combining the ancient and modern is the castle of the conception which can be accessed by taking a ride in the vast panoramic elevator – a striking landmark in itself. With the castle being so high up, the views over the city and out to sea stretch for miles. Keep an eye out for the remarkable Roman theatre that laid buried beneath the city until a chance discovery in the 1980s. After years of restoration, the theatre only recently opened to the public and is now one of the city’s most impressive landmarks.
Once you have explored all of Cartagena’s ancient sites, a stroll along its pleasant promenade is a must. Stretching alongside the harbor, the promenade is where you will find the world’s first submarine which was launched here in 1888.
Whilst Cartagena is a fascinating city to explore it also provides the gateway to one of Spain’s prettiest cities, Murcia. With its bustling squares and narrow streets, this typically Spanish city is a lovely place to explore on foot. Murcia’s centerpiece is the magnificent Barak Cathedral which you will find in the heart of the Old Quarter. Located just outside the city is the sanctuary of the French center. A gorgeous whitewashed Church that overlooks Murcia from high on a hillside. Up here the setting is serene, the air is fresh, and the far-reaching views are simply stunning.
For something a little different, the world heritage site of Elche is a unique place to visit. Located just over an hour away from Cartagena, Elche is home to the largest palm tree forest in Europe. With thousands of trees, tranquil ponds, and an abundance of pretty plant life, Elche is a popular option for those who want to see a little more of scenic Spain.