Cartagena, Costa Calida, Spain - Cartagena Holiday, Property and Tourist Information

Cartagena, Costa Calida, Spain

Cartagena Holiday, Property and Tourist Information


The ancient city of Cartagena is seated on the central portion of the Costa Calida and has a population of around 180,000. Less visited than many other cities in southern Spain, Cartagena has a lot to offer the discerning tourist. For starters it is convenient; situated a short drive along the N-332/A7 from the coastal towns of the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida, making for an ideal day trip.

Cartagena was founded (as its name suggests) by the Carthaginians in the year 227BC. It rapidly became their main trading port, and at one time was widely recognised as being one of the wealthiest cities in the ancient world. Though the city was made truly famous by Hannibal and his elephants; who landed with the intention of defeating the Romans.

Over 2,000 years on Cartagena is still a major port. It is the site of one of Spain's largest naval bases, and many associated buildings occupy the port area. It is also from Cartagena that the world's first submarine was born (though constructed in Cadiz). A Cartagena born designer came up with the idea, which was built way back in 1884. Just 4 years later he saw it successfully launched. The self same submarine is displayed on the city front for all to see - unless out on loan to a museum.

Much of Cartagena's Roman history has vanished. That is to say it has been built over. Efforts have increasingly been made to restore some of this heritage, with the primary example being the Roman amphitheatre on top of which the bull ring was constructed in 1854 (now open to the public). Aside from the Romans many other races left their mark here, including (unsurprisingly) native Spaniards; as a result many ornate churches, palaces and government buildings line the streets of the older parts of the city.

Most of the sights in Cartagena can be seen on foot; indeed attempting to drive around many central zones is more trouble than it is worth. There are many parks and squares to stop and rest in, museums to visit, and an abundance of restaurants and cafes in which to sample the local cuisine. Shopping is another major draw to the town, which now boasts an array of fashion boutiques as well as large department stores, such as El Corte Ingles.

All things considered Cartagena is definitely worth a visit, whether by day or by night. It has much to offer its visitors in the way of culture; though equally a good place to have lunch, do some shopping or take a leisurely stroll.

Cartegena Hotels;

Husa Cartagonova Hotel****

Nh Cartagena Hotel ****

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