Cartagena has been a focal point of the Murcia region for thousands of years thanks to its highly sought after location on the Mediterranean Sea. Home to a number of different peoples throughout its history, Cartagena been called home by many famous faces including the legendary general Hannibal. Today, Cartagena is a modern bustling city known for its art, culture, history, and laid-back atmosphere.BeachesLess than 10km away from the centre of Cartagena sits the cove of Cala Cortina. This charming horseshoe shaped cove offers direct access to a sandy beach and the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, just a stone’s throw away from town. Less than 30 minutes’ drive away you’ll also find the aptly named Playa de Paraiso (Paradise Beach), where you can lounge the days away besides its golden sands and turquoise waters. Food & DrinkA staple of Murcian comfort foods, Arroz al Caldero, is made of a risotto-like rice served alongside the catch of the day with plenty of peppers, garlic, tomatoes, and olives. When life gave Murcia lemons, they made paparajote- deep-friend lemon leaves dusted with a sugar and cinnamon mixture, just bursting with flavour. The area also boasts plenty of vineyards making delicious locally produced wines easily available during your visit.CultureWith its prized position on the Mediterranean Sea, this city of Cartagena has played host to a number of different occupants throughout its colourful history. With settlers from Carthage, the Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, and several Arab nations, the eclectic mix of these different cultures is still visible throughout the city’s landmarks and architecture today. The friendly locals of Cartagena show that taking it easy and enjoying life in the slow lane is all you need.NightlifeDespite its sleepy atmosphere, Cartagena is still a great place to enjoy a night on the tiles. Local hotspots include the stylish Las Casas del Rey, where you can enjoy a delicious selection of refreshments and tapas, the trendy Mazinguer nightclub, the cosy El baron café and liquor bar, and the sophisticated Al Borak.Important InformationFlight Time: 3 hoursTime Difference: +1hrCurrency: EuroOfficial Language: Spanish
With its location right on the Mediterranean coastline, Cartagena happily benefits from a year-round warm and sunny climate. With a mild average temperature of 13°C in January and a sizzling average of 28°C throughout July and August, there’s never a bad time to enjoy a laid-back break to this ancient city.
Things To Do on Cartagena Holidays
Tapas TrailThe rich history of Cartagena means that tapas has taken on a unique form in this little city. The heavenly Spanish tradition of serving bite-sized favourites gets even better when you add international influences to the selection available. For an unforgettable time, sign up to one of the city’s popular tapas tours, where a local guide will take you on a delicious tasting tour of the most delicious tapas in town.When in RomeOn the edge of Cartagena sits its crowning jewel, the Roman Theatre Museum. Beautifully restored to its former glory, this ancient Roman amphitheatre is the second largest of its kind in the region and still in use today as a Roman history museum. Here you can learn about the Roman occupation of Cartagena and see the archaeological findings discovered throughout the city. Adventure AwaitsOnly an hour’s drive away from the heart of Cartagena, is the fantastic Terra Natura theme park. With an “immersive zoo” philoshopy, you can get to know the animals in lovingly recreated habitats at the park’s zoo or enjoy a day of splish-splashing fun at the water park.Sunken TreasuresLocated on the edge of the marina, this breath-taking museum is definitely worth a visit during your stay. The National Museum of Underwater Archeology proudly displays archaeological finds from beneath the waves for your viewing pleasure. Home to recovered shipwrecks, ancient artefacts, and more, this museum is a delight for those with an interest in the history of our oceans.