A Delicious Tapas Adventure

CA3-300 | Cartagena, Spain | See Special Notes

from $74.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:
  • Roman Theater
You will see:

Moderate Includes meal

Excursion Length:
Approx. 3.5 hours

Max. Group Size: 30

Tour Overview

There are two tales, most fascinating, about the birth of tapas. One story suggests that they were invented 800 years ago by King Alfonso X, who took small portions of food with a glass of wine between meals. The second and accepted theory is that tapas originated as a snack for field workers during the long hours between breakfast and lunchtime. Whichever version you believe, these light appetizers are a gastronomic experience worth discovering.

So put on your walking shoes, grab and camera and bring your appetite for a three-hour-and-thirty-minute culinary quest that begins the moment you leave the pier. From here you'll walk to Cartagena's city center.

Feel the soothing Mediterranean breezes caress your face as you walk along historic streets that have greeted travelers for centuries. Founded by Carthaginians in 228 B.C. and conquered by the Romans just 20 years later, Cartagena would be bounced back and forth between Muslim and Christian kingdoms until the 15th century. Today's conquerors include tourists seeking remnants of its glorious past in the form of Roman ruins and aged mosques. Yet Cartagena vibrates with a modern sensibility that includes tasty cuisine such as tapas.

During your 45-minute walking tour you'll stop at five popular bars and restaurants for a sampling of tapas paired with a glass of sangria, wine or a soft drink (those drinking alcohol must be 18or older). Depending on what's fresh in the market that day, you may be treated to any number of savory delights such as "magro con tomate" (pork with tomato), "pipirrana" (tomato, pepper and onion salad), olives, roasted vegetables, "sardinillas en conserva" (pickled sardines), "patatas bravas" (potatoes in spicy tomato sauce), "pimientos rellenos" (stuffed peppers), or " calamares a la romana" (battered squid rings).

Take this opportunity to meet some of the locals, take photos, or swap stories with your fellow passengers while soaking up the quaint atmosphere of each memorable location.

From the last restaurant you'll walk to the remains of the 2,000-year-old Roman Theater. Feel the centuries unfold as you imagine being a theater-goer watching a dramatic or comedic play. Built during the reign of Augustus Caesar, the 288-foot-wide theater once contained an orchestra pit, a stage and terraced seats that could hold 6,000 spectators.

From here, you'll walk back to the ship, charmed and enlightened by this delicious experience.

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Detailed itinerary

Leave the pier on foot for a walk tour of Cartagena Town

Travel time:00:15 Transport type:Walking
Time at site:00:45
Wheelchair accessible?:No

Visit 5 different tapas bars

Time at site:01:15 Inside Visit :Yes
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:Yes
Shopping available?:No

Visit the Roman Theatre

Time at site:01:00 Inside Visit :Yes
Total number of steps:10
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:Yes
Shopping available?:No
Air conditioned?:No
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes

Return to the ship

Travel time:00:15 Transport type:Walking

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.