5 Things To See and Do in Cartagena, Spain

Top Things To See and Do in Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena, located in The Murcia region, Will atracts you in many ways Cartagena was heavily influenced by the Romans.

Nowdays visitors, and tourist can delight with impressive Roman remains spread all over the city.

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Built between the fifth and first centuries BC, Cartagena’s theatre is a perfect example of Roman architecture.

The theatre remained hidden for many centuries and was eventually rediscovered and restored.

In addition, the considerable wealth of the pieces found during the successive campaigns of excavation in the Theater has offered the opportunity to give the city a new museum space.

The Museo the Roman Theater, which not only serves as a suitable exhibition area , if not that in the brilliant conception of the architect Rafael Moneo, leads visitors into the interior of the monument, turning the Roman Theater of Cartagena in his last great room.


One of the most picturesque buildings in Cartagena, the Town Hall building, that was built between 1900 and 1907 and was inspired by French architecture.

Its facade is made from marble from Macael, in Almeria, and it also has decorative elements such as stained-glass windows.

Inside, the great imperial staircase stands out, around which there are several municipal buildings such as the plenary hall and the mayor’s office.

The cast-iron works such as columns and lamps and the collection of paintings of illustrious people of the city since the eighteenth century are noteworthy.


Offering one of the best views over the city, with our walkign tour to Cartagena you could visit the Conception Castle,  sits at the highest point of Cartagena.

It was built on the site of a Roman temple, which was later turned into a Moorish fortification under Muslim rule in the 12th century.

Eventually this was replaced too, after the Christian reconquest of Spain, and it was turned into a medieval fortress.

The castle was in use right up until the time of the Spanish Civil War as a lookout for bombs.

Ride up on the panoramic glass lift and spend your time strolling around the gardens and learning about the history of the city at the Interpretation centre of the history of Cartagena.

The hill is topped by the unmissable Concepción Castle. Most of what you can see of the castle today was built in the 14th century from the remains of nearby Roman ruins.

The walk uphill is strenuous, but you have the option of taking the glass-sided Panoramic Lift from Calle Gisbert, which connects the centre of Cartagenawith the port.

The lift takes you almost 150 feet up towards the castle. From the top of the hill, the views over the town and harbor out over the Mediterranean are stunning.

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Located inside the city’s Artillery Park, the Military Museum is home to one of the largest collections of artillery in Spain.

Housed in a historic building dating back to the 18th century and built by Carlos III, it’s characterised by arched vaults and stone pillars.

Inside, exhibits detail the history of artillery through displays of models, documents, weapons, uniforms, paintings and drawings.

Anyone with interest in military history, could loose thenself there during hours. Cartagena has such a rich military history, existing as a fortified city from the 2nd century BC.

By the 17th century Cartagena developed an extensive protective system, with many military buildings constructed during the 18th century.



The town’s Naval Museum is located in a a building wich is generally referred to as the CIM hedquarters.

Nowdays fushing the historic elements with stricking modern materials to créate spacious and practical spaces  to exhibits  everything from boat construction to naval health, uniforms, art and sailor life.

It also has one room housing the famous Isaac Peral Submarine.

Built in the 19th century by inventor Isaac Peral, it was the first to be electronically powered and incorporate torpedo weaponry.

The building where the museum is housed is also of notable interest, having won architectural awards for seamlessly fusing together the old styles of the original 18th-century prison with the navy training centre of the 20th century and modern-day 21st-century design.

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