A seaside port rich in history & culture
Strategically located along historic sailing routes, Cartagena has been colonized by a veritable who’s who of Mediterranean superpowers over the millennia, resulting in a rich and multi-layered cultural heritage, and a history both glorious and turbulent.
From atop a hill, Concepción Castle served as a fortress for Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Arabs, and Castilians. The 13th century Old Cathedral stands on the remains of a Roman Theater just discovered in 1987. More recent architectural contributions include modernist designs of public buildings and private dwellings by pupils of the famous architect Antoni Gaudi.
Explore the ruins of a fortress that once formed part of the city’s defenses.
Set in beautiful Torres Park, the castle now houses the Center for Interpretation of the History of Cartagena and features stunning views of the city and harbor.
Cartagena is known as the “Port of Cultures” and its rich history with the sea can be discovered at the Naval Museum.
View an interesting collection of charts, maps, model ships, celestial navigation instruments, and numerous other objects used in maritime professions.
Long forgotten and buried under nearly 2,000 years of construction, the theater wasn’t discovered until 1987.
The 6,000 seat theater located in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods is currently undergoing careful archeological excavation. Artifacts collected from the site can be viewed at the Municipal Archaeological Museum.
Cartagena, Spain At a glance