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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MARVEL AT THE ROMAN THEATRE

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.

TOWN HALL PALACE

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.

CONCEPTION CASTLE

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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MILITARY MUSEUM

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.

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DISCOVER THE NAVAL MUSEUM

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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A walkthrough the history of Cartagena.

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Before you visit Cartagena, we want to give you some pills about our history, that could make you better understand the importance of our city.

One of the most demanded Cartagena tour guides with the cruise excursions is the Highlights of Cartagena, in which of course the visit of the Roman theatre is included….

Let us guide you into the history of our city.

The city of Cartagena was founded, with the name of Qart Hadasht, around 227 B.C. by the Carthaginian general Asdrubal on a previous population nucleus that has been related to the Mastia that appears in the Ora Marítima written by the Roman Rufo Festo Avieno in the 4th century B.C. The presence of Carthaginians in it would be fleeting since in 209 B.C., during the Second Punic War was conquered by the Roman Publius Cornelius Scipio.

 

Under Roman rule the city experienced its greatest moments of splendour between the end of the 3rd century B.C. and the beginning of the 2nd century B.C. In 44 B.C. it was given the title of colony under the name of Colonia Urbs Iulia Nova Carthago. The importance of the city was based, together with the mining wealth of its mountain range, on its privileged location and the singularity of its topography – a small peninsula between the sea and an interior lagoon (the Almarjal of modern times) – that allowed an easy defense.

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With the end of the Roman Empire begins a period of decadence of which there is very little news. From this period we can highlight the passage of the vandals through the city, the Visigoth domain, interrupted in 555 by the Byzantine troops of Emperor Justinian who, in an attempt to recover the territories that belonged to the Roman Empire of the West, took the city and turned it into the capital of the province of Spania, which covered part of the peninsular southeast, from Malaga to Cartagena itself. The city would fall back into the hands of the Visigoths after being conquered and razed to the ground at the beginning of the 7th century. From that moment on, Cartagena practically disappeared as a city.

 

In 734, as a result of the capitulation of the Cora de Tudmir, it would fall under Muslim power, undertaking then, and especially between the 10th and 12th centuries, a process of slow recovery, which is reflected by its quotation in the works of Arab writers.

It was in 1245 when the then Prince Alfonso – who would later become Alfonso X the Wise – conquered the city, which will regain its status of episcopal seat. However, these low-medieval centuries will be a period of decadence, from which it will begin to emerge in the 16th century with the generalised economic and political reactivation that the country is experiencing; but, again, it will enter a deep crisis in the middle of the 17th century, which the epidemics will aggravate even more (plague of 1648).

 

Cartagena regained its former importance in the 18th century when, following its election in 1726 as capital of the Mediterranean Maritime Department and the construction of the Arsenal and the castles and barracks provided for in the city’s fortification plan, a great constructive and mercantile activity was achieved that would attract large contingents of population to the city, which would pass in a short space of time from 10,000 to 50,000 inhabitants.

 

After a new period of decline in the first half of the nineteenth century, the second half of that century will see a new takeoff from Cartagena because of the great boom in mining, which, in turn, served as a stimulus to industry and trade. This will be the time when Cartagena, after the destruction caused by the Cantonal Revolution of 1873, acquires its current physiognomy, with the construction of numerous public and private buildings that reflect the eclectic and modernist tendencies prevailing at that time in Spain.

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In the midst of the economic recession and strong social tensions, caused by the mining crisis and aggravated by the great international economic crisis of the second decade of the twentieth century, Cartagena faced the Second Republic and suffered the dramatic consequences of the Civil War, during which it was one of the most important bastions of the Republican government and, together with Alicante, the last city to fall into the hands of General Franco.

 

After the post-war period, which was particularly hard in Cartagena, the arrival of the Taibilla water and the construction of the refinery in Escombreras led to a new stage of economic development that lasted until the 1970s. The growing importance of tourism and the implementation of the Tagus-Segura transfer complemented industrial activity. With the economic boom comes the increase in population and the growth of the city, which now builds the Ensanche designed in the late nineteenth century. But the uncontrolled development will generate serious problems of contamination and urbanistic abuses, sometimes with disastrous consequences.

 

The economic difficulties, which began with the oil crisis in the 1970s and worsened in the 1980s, accompanied the establishment of democracy, the first steps of which were made more difficult by the economic situation and social tensions. But the crisis bottomed out in the nineties and, since the middle of that decade, we have witnessed a new period of economic boom and urban growth, which, unfortunately, despite the changes in the development model, repeats some of the errors of the previous stage.

 

At the beginning of the 21st century Cartagena has renewed its industry, consolidated its tourist offer thanks to increasingly important cultural resources and attracted intense cruise traffic. The population reaches 200,000 inhabitants and the peripheral urbanizations proliferate in the city and out of it, but the problems of the old helmet remain unresolved.

 

Tips to visit Cartagena and Historical Curiosities of Cartagena

Cartagena has been such an important settlement  in the history of Spain.

In fact, you will see it summarized in a large ceramic plaque that you find in the stretch of maritime wall located in front of the imposing Palacio Consistorial de Cartagena, former seat of the city council.

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Even better, the historical evolution of the city founded in 227 B.C. by the Carthaginian general Asdrubal, later conquered by the Romans, who renamed it Cartago Nova, can be seen in the very interesting visit to the Roman Theatre Museum.

Roman remains

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On your next visit to Cartagena you will understand how this great enclosure that in its day had capacity for 6,000 spectators, was gradually disappearing covered by houses during the Byzantine, Muslim and medieval times.

But now the great heritage of Roman archaeological remains has become one of the great tourist attractions of Cartagena.

Cartagena is also a city whose history has been marked by its great mining wealth, with lead and silver mines, and also for being one of the most important natural ports in the Mediterranean.

Its great industrial activity today is concentrated in the nearby valley of Escombreras, with imposing petrochemical facilities and refineries that were born from the decade of the 50’s of last century.

 

Cartagena has always been protected by walls, but also by numerous artillery batteries distributed over the hills surrounding the bay at the entrance to the city’s port, and can be admire from your cruise.

 

In your visit Cartagena you will see tha the  historic centre extends to the foot of the castle hill and is almost entirely pedestrian.

In the historic center of Cartagena you can see some monuments, such as the aforementioned town hall.

But also several buildings of modernist architecture, such as the Casinoo or the Gran Hotel, which makes a city very pleasant to walk.

 

In addition, Cartagena is now a city well prepared to facilitate your tourist visit.

This is undoubtedly thanks to the development of the brand project city Cartagena, Port of Cultures that in a coordinated way offers visitors an interesting proposal for cultural visits.

 

What to see in Cartagena in a shore excursion

If you are planning a cruise excursion the best option is to let us guide you… and you will be surprise by the wide knowledge of our tour guides.

Roman Theatre of Cartagena and arqueological sites such us such as the Casa de la Fortuna, the remains of a Roman house from the 1st century BC where you will see mosaics and paintings, but of course there are other archaeological remains from the Roman period that you can also visit in Cartagena,

Roman Forum Neighbourhood in Cartagena

located at the foot of one of the city’s small hills, the Molinete, the archaeological remains of an ancient Roman city block have been brought to light in recent years and can be visited from 2012.

Today you can walk about a thousand square meters on which have been placed an imposing iron structure of ships, with metal columns strategically placed to allow the view of the whole.

In these excavations you will find the remains of the so-called Casa del Atrio (House of the Atrium), of which its paintings stand out, many of which are in the process of restoration.

And you will also see some rooms of Roman thermal baths, with their peristyle, a patio of 600 square metres that precedes the thermal circuit.

 

Also noteworthy is the old Roman road from the 1st century that you will see under a nearby building, and thanks to a large glass window you will be able to see the great difference between its layout and that of the current streets that have covered it.

A tip to bear in mind is to take advantage of the possibility of visiting the aforementioned places (the Roman theatre, the forum Cartagena Bay Cruise

A different facet of your visit to Cartagena must be the bay cruise.

With a duration of about 45 minutes, you will sail through the bay of Cartagena and discover the importance it has had throughout history.

At the same time, you will see the numerous defensive batteries that are distributed throughout the mountains that surround them, among which is the canyon with the longest range among those installed on the Spanish coast, with 35 kilometers.

If you wish, you can make a stop and visit one of the coastal fortifications, the Christmas Fort.

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ARQUA Museum in Cartagena

In our Visit to Cartagena there are some other things to do and visit, not only roman remains, next to the port you can visit the ARQUA, Museum of Underwater is the institution in charge of studying, valuing, investigating, preserving, disseminating and protecting the Spanish underwater cultural heritage. It is also home to the Permanent Observatory for the National Plan for the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage.

These tasks are carried out in collaboration with the different regional governments and its research centres, and in cooperation with the States who partner with the UNESCO Convention.

Furthermore, the ARQUA has recently taken charge of the Odyssey’s treasure. The Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes frigate collection, which consists of more than 570,000 gold and silver coins from the late 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century.

The Naval Museum of Cartagena was opened on July 8, 1986. The original building was built under the direction of the architect Lorenzo Ros in 1926. Originall the building was used by the School of Apprentices of the Spanish Society of Naval Construction. The changed its name in 1947 to be called National Company Bazán . For some years it became the school Our Lady of the Rosary. Later the Navy recovered the building and converted it to the naval museum. The position of director was held by Captain Luis Delgado Bañón until January 8, 2011 when he retired. The current director is the captain of ship Jorge Madrid.

Recently, the museum has been moved to a new headquarters located in the city’s seafront, in the former Maritime Instruction Headquarters, a historical building from the mid-eighteenth century which was constructed by the military engineer Mateo Vodopich. The building is located in front of the Botes Basin. Since its construction in 1786, it has undergone different uses as the State Penitentiary Center (1824), Presidio (1910) or after the Spanish Civil War as Barracks for the Instruction of Sailors. Following the agreement signed in 2005 by the Ministry of Defense, the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia and the Polytechnic University of Cartagena the use of the building is shared between University and Naval Museum. The space dedicated to the Museum is located in the southern half of the ground floor of the building.

 

Finally, a visit to Cartagena won’t be complete if you don’t climb the Conception  Castle hill to see the panoramic views of the city and the bay, You can do this on foot, but the best thing to do is to take the Panoramic Lift, 45 metres high, which from Gisbert Street, east of the hill, allows you to reach the height of the castle that is home to a center for interpretation of the history of Cartagena in the Tribute Tower and other rooms of this old 13th century castle. From this medieval construction, built on a hill above the port of Cartagena to surveil and defend the city and its bay, the panoramic views are simply magnificent.

 

 

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Sunken treasures, underwater heritage in Cartagena

Recovered sunken treasures are part of the amazing underwater heritage that you can enjoy during your visit to Cartagena. “Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes” was a late 18th century frigate with 36 guns. It was attacked on its way home, just before arriving to his final destination, the coast of Cadiz, when the vessel was carrying 17 tons of gold and silver coins, as well as some other transatlantic goods (961 copper ingots, 1,139 tin ingots, wool, raw cocoa, animal skins and medicinal plants such as Peruvian bark and rhatany).

Sunk in 1804 by the British Navy off the coast of the Algarve (Portugal), shattering after an explosion in the powder magazine, all 250 men on board lost, together with her cargo of treasure. The frigate had become a legend for treasure hunters, until controversial news about the recovery of 17 tons of coins by the salvage company in June 2007 and the epic stories (and was even published by TIME) and secrets surrounding their venture. But finally “the treasure” returned to Spain and is preserved now in the southeastern Spanish city of Cartagena.

The recovered cargo of the frigate consists of some 578,000 silver coins and only 212 pieces of gold, and are now on display at the permanent exhibition on ARQVA (National Museum of Underwater Archaeology), a museum that emphasises the importance of underwater heritage and explains the historical context and circumstances surrounding the sinking of the frigate Mercedes.

Spain was one of the first countries to have ratified UNESCO’s 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage in year 2005. The Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, is intended to enable States to better protect their submerged cultural heritage. The main principles of the Convention include the obligation to preserve Underwater Cultural Heritage, In Situ preservation as first option, no commercial exploitation and Training and Information Sharing between all States Parties.

 

  

Asiatico Coffee In Cartagena

One of the main memories that we take from a trip are the flavours of the new and typical dishes of each city that we have tried during our stay, and in Cartagena our coffee tastes like Asian coffee, one of the most emblematic drinks of the city whose origin has different versions.

It is said, the asiatico coffee  was invented at the beginning of the 20 century, when the sailors from Asia arrived to Cartagena and used to order coffee with condensed milk and coñac, something strong and sweet to recover from their long journey and this became a tradition and it was named on behalf of them.

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They also say that it was a Bar called Pedrín in “El Albujón”, who invented this regional and popular drink. It was in the mid 40´s when Pedro Conesa created this coffee for his clients, and the rest is history.

This magic recipe consists of coffee with condensed milk and brandy, spiced up with a few drops of Liqueur 43, the traditional liqueur created in Cartagena that contains 43 ingredients, including citrus, vanilla, and various herbs and spices, but we will talk about this emblematic liqueur in some future post.

To add to the aromatic experience, Asiático is traditionally served with a few coffee beans, a lemon rind, and occasionally cinnamon. However, it’s not unusual to receive the drink without them.

The warming cocktail is commonly served in a special thick glass that can handle the heat without cracking.

So do not hesitate to order it in any of the local bars during your cruise call in Cartagena, and you will be, first of all delighted with the lovely smell of it when it is served in front of you, and afterwards by the delicious taste of it; having the first sip will taste like heaven. And here´s our piece of advice: do not add any extra sugar to it as it is sweet enough with all the ingredients that are included!

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-LADY SOL LEGEND- Cartagena Cruise Excursion

 

Cartagena hides lots of wonderful stories, and leyends ,throughout history there have been many characters of legend, and today we want to introduce you one of the most unknown that our Cartagena tour guides explains during our city tours.

There is a 13th century medieval castle at the top of the city centre of Cartagena, the Conception Castle, situated on one of the five hills where the Roman city of Carhago-nova was founded. Furthermore, the Greek writer Polibio wrote that, in the same place, there was a roman temple dedicated to the recovery God Esculapio, in the 3rdcentury BC. This ancient castle is the scene of a legend about a young and beautiful girl called Lady Sol that lived in the Conception Castle. Lady Sol fell in love with a man called Mr Mendo, yet her parents did not approve of this love, because he lacked legacy. So Mr Mendo went to war to obtain said public recognition.

Two years later nobody had heard anything about MrMendo, so Lady Sol’s parents arranged hermarriagewith a rich Italian mancalled Rodrigo Rocatti. But he was a horrible man who she would hate forever.

One day a mysteryman arrived at the Conception Castle. He toldher he had been a prisoner in a Moorish Galley and with him there was another prisoner from Cartagena… a citizen of Cartagena… Mr Mendo. She was extremely happy with this announcement,for her beloved was still alive! So Lady Sol tried to talk with the Galley’s Captain, to whom she would deliver someblueprints of the Conception Castle in exchange for the release of Mr Mendo.

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But a castle servant betrayed her and told Rodrigo everything. He was very angry with the incident, so he accused Lady Sol of being unfaithful and the next day she wascondemned to die confined in a room. That night she asked to make her confession accompanied by a monk. When the monk appeared, Lady Sol realized that the strange monk was Mr Mendo. He had passed himself off as a monk called Fray Juan. He went to Rodrigo demanding clemency, but Rodrigo realized Mr Mendo´sidentity and he and two slaves killed him.

The next day, while he was confining Lady Sol, Rodrigo told her that he and the slaves had killed Mr Mendo. She, angry and sad, said to him: “I have not been unfaithful. MrMendo’s blood will get dirty in your head and in 20 days you will die”. He finished confining Lady Sol and he went back to his life…

20 days later, Rodrigo died without any reason…

This is the sad story about Lady Sol, the sad story about how women were confined in the Conception Castle. At present, people say that they have heardthe sobbing of a girl in the Conception Castle, while other people have seen a dark mistsoaking through the stone walls of the castle…

So on your next Cartagena cruise excursion, do not hesitate in visiting the castle…. Maybe Doña Sol.. will be the perfect guide… or maybe you will let us guide you in one of our Cartagena city tours.

10 impressive beaches in Cadiz

Shore trips in Ten of the most impressive beaches in (Cadiz) Spain.

The Barrosa (Chiclana)

Its more than 6 kilometers in length invite you to walk along the shore, to relax with the sound of the water and to leave behind the problems. Without a doubt, a very calm and wide beach where you can disconnect from stress. That’s why La Barrosa is one of our favorite beaches in Cádiz and also that of many visitors who enjoy it every summer. As an advice, visit before it is massify, so hurry up.

Zahara de los Atunes

Now we are going to a beautiful fishing village south of the province of Cádiz. Place where you can enjoy the tranquility and beauty of its beaches, as well as an exquisite cuisine. The sunsets are spectacular in different parts of Cádiz, but one of the most special places to admire them is Zahara de los Atunes. Of course, there is no need to wait at sunset to enjoy its unspoiled landscape, its crystal clear waters and its fine sand.

ten of the most impressive beaches in cadiz to visit in spainBologna (Rate)

The beach of Bologna, in Tarifa, is one of the favorite places for lovers of windsurfing and kitesurfing, the discipline in which Gisela Pulido has achieved so many successes. The wind that blows in this beautiful wild beach invites more to the practice of these sports than to lie down under the umbrella. In fact, trying to plant the umbrella in the sand can be as difficult as standing on the board in the water. Also, in Tarifa you can enjoy other beautiful beaches such as Valdevaqueros, Punta Paloma or Los Lances.

Caños de Meca

Caños de Meca is another of the natural paradises of the province of Cádiz. The beauty of beaches such as Zahora, El Pirata or Los Castillejos multiplies with the beauty of its surroundings. It’s hippy spirit that caracterizes, today adapts to the thrust of tourism. Also perfect place for fans of Sea Sports as windsurfing, kite surfing or surfing … to release the adrenaline.

La Hierbabuena (Barbate)

A paradisiacal beach near the port and municipality of Barbate. The Natural Park of Breña and Marismas de Barbate hosts other prettier beaches in the province of Cádiz: La Hierbabuena, also known as El Chorro beach. Its kilometer long is composed of a beautiful mixture of leafy pine trees and small dunes of fine sand. If the tide is low, access to quiet nudist coves is possible.

Beaches of Sanlúcar de Barrameda

The beaches of Calzada and Las Piletas, in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, welcome traditional horse races every August and are, along with the beaches of La Bonanza, Bajo de Guía and La Jara, an excuse as good as the gastronomy of their famous prawns to be captivated by Sanlúcar.

Fountain of the Rooster (Conil de la Frontera)

Conil de la Frontera is another of the most beautiful coastal destinations (and requested) of the province of Cádiz. And it’s no wonder if we know beaches like La Fuente del Gallo, La Fontanilla or the Calas de Roche.

The Palmar (Vejer de la Frontera)

4 kms in length beach, Near Conil, its quality of the immense virgin beach. You’ll be dazzled by the fine golden sand. An area without urbanization, but with many services that makes it easy to spend an excellent day of sun and beach. For its services and the quality of its beach El Palmar has recently obtained the Q of Tourist Quality granted by the Institute for Spanish Tourist Quality.
The extension and width makes it a perfect beach for a long walk or horseback at sunrise and sunset.

The Port of Santa María

An historic place with Gold-colored beaches and fine sand, altogether 16 kms of beaches, together with a wonderful sun and a sea of ​​crystalline and fresh waters, represent an ideal background to spend difficult days to forget.

The gastronomic flavor as taking a rice with carabineros on a terrace in El Palmar is a pleasure you must experience. There are also restaurants with avant-garde cuisine and international cuisine.

There is also a party in the area. There are many bars and chiringuitos where people wanting to have fun meets. Places like El Cartero, El Dorado or La Selva, are filled daily, especially in summer. Many offer live music concerts and special events. People from all over Spain come expressly to the area to enjoy the atmosphere of their bars.
We find beaches such as Levante, Valdelagrana, La Puntilla, El Aculadero, Santa Catalina, Fuentebravía, La Muralla and La Calita, so organize a trip, with enough time to visit them all.

The Port of Santa María offers a varied gastronomic source, where its famous “pescaíto frito” (fried fish) and its great seafood stand out.
Highlighting its luxury if we contrast between its quality and price

La Caleta (Cádiz)

La Caleta, which is, along with La Victoria, an urban beach with great charm in which the environment is linked, the castles of Santa Catalina and San Sebastián, witnesses of permanent luxury.

The maritime wall: Military heritage in Cartagena

Lying parallel to the seafront in the main port area, you will be impressed by the last city wall of Cartagena, built in the 18th century, on the orders of the Spanish King Carlos III.

Cartagena and its Arsenal became the main military facility of the Spanish Mediterranean during the 18th century. Thus, dozens of fortification were built in order to defend it, including the Wall and the coastal batteries crowning the mountains surrounding the port area. The wall we can see facing the seafront is an enormous structure that used to loop around the whole of the built-up area, making the city impregnable, and was part of the mentioned defensive system. These defences were to protect the Military Arsenal and the city of Cartagena against possible attacks from any enemies and the majority remained in service until the beginning of the 20th century, when most of them were abandoned.

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Nowadays they are all part of the military heritage of the city and can be admired while strolling through the town. Just as we exit from the pier and start approaching to the city centre, we will see the wall, as well as the additional staircase added by the architect Victor Beltrí later in time. Also, the King Carlos III will be found beside the staircase, as his bust is welcoming visitors and locals alike.

Eager to find out more interesting information about Cartagena, the history and all secret corners of the city? Join us in any of our Shore Excursions with our knowledgeable quality guides and you will make the most of your time at Port.

You can visit the city of Cartagena in one of our guided tours.

Drink horchata – Valencia

From the many different things you can experience and do in Valencia, drinking horchata is, without a doubt, one of your main musts. This tiger nut (“chufas” in Spanish) milk is one of the region’s gastronomic treasures.

It was originally homemade, but nowadays you can find it all over the city, in the so-called “Horchaterias” (refreshment stalls), and just as well, because during the summer months, when the temperature rises, is the ideal drink to cool you down. If you decide to taste the popular -mostly among locals!- non alcoholic drink, you will realize some people have it with Fartons. These fartons are long pieces of sweet bread, that combined together with horchata taste absolutely lovely. No wonder why The Lonely Planet guidebook mentions this local drink and food as a recommendation to sample when visiting the area, even though it might sound a weird word for a non-Spanish speaker!

Visit Valencia with us, make the most of your day at port, strolling through the beautiful coastal city in any of our guided visits, and finish your shore excursion with a stop at any of the city´s Horchaterias to taste this out-of-this world drink before returning back to the pier. Definitely, just what does a body good after your stroll through Valencia.

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Picasso’s birth town – Malaga

One of the world known and most influential painters of the 19th century was born in the Spanish city of Málaga, we are referring to Pablo Picasso. The father of Cubism, who lived in Málaga, had his first contact with painting thanks to with his own father, José Ruiz Blasco, who was a drawing teacher.

Málaga was always part of his fanciful work, due to its amazing history, culture and heritage, plenty of Muslim and Christians monuments, Orientalism, the light of the sea and the sun, and its famous bulls, bullfighters and flamenco dancers.

Discovering the life of Picasso is possible through many and different shore excursions at the city centre; Malaga´s downtown has plenty of amazing examples such as the Alcazaba, Picasso Museum, and The Roman Theatre…

Join us to discover what this amazing and ancient city offers in any of our set tours and guided visits with our team of quality guides, or tell us about your own preferences and we will prepare a tailored tour for yourself. The cultural richness of the city is awaiting for you!

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Santa Barbara Castle – Alicante

Santa Barbara Castle is the main monument in Alicante and is always included in each cruise shore excursion, as is one of the most fascinating historical attractions in the coastal city of Alicante. Essential in any tour, you can discover all the secrets in its ancient walls and enjoy the stunning views of the city and the magnificent Mediterranean Sea.

The Castle was reused and rebuilt during different periods along the centuries, thanks to its wonderful strategic situation at the top of Benicantil hill, the highest point in Alicante city, used during the medieval ages by Christians and Muslims and the support of the city during the French navy attack in the 18th century.

Although it’s part of the intense history, the Castle is also present in many legends, full of heroes and lovers, such as the story of Ali and Cantara, a self-denying love. Would you like to be delighted with all these stories and many other secrets of the city? Join us for a nice experience-tour with our knowledgeable guides to visit this must-see in the heart of Alicante’s heritage!

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