Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena is an ancient port - the city served as Hannibal's Spanish headquarters during the 2nd Punic War with Rome. The city remained a major trading port under the Romans and the Moors. Today, Cartagena is Spain's principal naval establishment and the site of an annual international maritime festival. The city is also your gateway to the Costa Calida, a region that boasts some of Spain's mildest weather along with 175 miles of beaches.

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Points of Interest

  • Concepcion Castle
  • Punic Wall
  • Murcia
  • Sanctuary of Fuensanta
  • Salzillo Museum
  • Elche
  • Huerto del Cura Gardens
  • Fortress of the Sun

More about Cartagena, Spain Points of Interest

  • Concepcion Castle

    The old castle is home to a museum chronicling Cartagena's long maritime history.

  • Punic Wall

    This section of the city's old walls dates from Carthaginian days.

  • Murcia

    The regional capital is noted for its mix of Baroque and 18th-century architecture, its Salzillo Museum, and its legendary Holy Week festival. The city is famed for its citrus fruits.

  • Sanctuary of Fuensanta

    Founded in the 17th century, the sanctuary is home to the Virgén de Fuensanta, Murcia's patron saint.

  • Salzillo Museum

    Sculptor Francisco Salzillo was renowned for his life-sized wooden sculptures, especially the figures he created for Murcia's famous holy Week processions.

  • Elche

    This old Moorish town is home to an extensive palm forest and the Heurta Del Cura, an elaborate and beautiful Moorish garden.

  • Huerto del Cura Gardens

    The Moorish gardens are home to exotic palm trees, lakes, fountains and pavilions.

  • Fortress of the Sun

    During the Middle Ages, Lorca was a fortified frontier town marking the boundary between Christian Castile and Moorish Spain.

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Roman Cartagena & Civil War Shelters

3.25 hours | Cartagena | C A 3 - 2 3 5

Delve into Cartagena's fascinating history and step back in time on a walking tour that includes the ancient Roman Theater and Roman Forum, an excavation site dating back to the first century. Wander through charming Plaza de San Francisco, and conclude with a visit to the civil war shelters and museum.

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Discover Cartagena By Trolley Train

1.5 hours | Cartagena | C A 3 - 1 2 5

Discover the highlights of Cartagena by trolley train. Relax while you admire some of the main monuments like Muelle de la Curra, the Punic Wall, the area around the Arsenal, Plaza Espana and Casa Fortuna. Enjoy a refreshment in Town Hall Square while admiring the 19th century architecture.

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Best of Cartagena

5 hours | Cartagena | C A 3 - 2 1 5
  • Concepcion Castle
  • Punic Wall

A panoramic adventure in Cartagena awaits on this five-hour tour filled with engaging sights and experiences. Explore Concepcion Castle for its stellar views and the cultural exhibits found in the Interpretation Center. Visit the ancient Punic Wall and the Maritime Wall, then walk through the City Center to the Roman Theater, an archaeological wonder.

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Cartagena & City Drive

3 hours | Cartagena | C A 3 - 2 0 0

You can't help but be enchanted by the stirring sites that fill this half-day tour. Explore the heart of the Old City. Here you'll marvel at the resplendent Town Hall and a dazzling display of well-tended Spanish Modernist buildings that line Carmen Street and Spanish Square. You will visit the Roman Theater and Museum.

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Agrupa Vicenta Mines & Flamenco Performance

4 hours | Cartagena | C A 3 - 2 2 5

Discover Cartagena's rich mining heritage with an excursion to La Union Village Mining Park. Inside the sprawling complex you'll see a collection of mineral washing plants and foundries/smelting plants. Then go for a tour and a flamenco performance in the auditorium followed by panoramic tour of Cartagena.

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Murcia & Shrine of Fuensanta

5 hours | Cartagena | C A 3 - 2 0 5
  • Murcia
  • Sanctuary of Fuensanta

Murcia, on the legendary Mediterranean coast of eastern Spain, is an historic university town that captures the imagination with its shimmering display of stunning cathedrals, graceful plazas, intriguing museums and tranquil, sun-drenched beaches. Take in the highlights on this moderate, half-day tour including a scenic drive from Cartagena.

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Journey to Elche

6.5 hours | Cartagena | C A 3 - 1 1 5
  • Elche
  • Huerto del Cura Gardens

Experience Elche, the palm tree capital of Europe, so splendid it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive from Cartagena and enter an Andalusian fantasy of Moorish architecture, Catholic mysteries, ancient palm gardens and an atmospheric old quarter filled with imposing sites. Enjoy time for shopping and lunch on your own.

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Tapas Tasting Tour

3.5 hours | Cartagena | C A 3 - 3 0 0

Savor a true Spanish tradition as you sample the small-plate specialties at some of Cartagena's most-acclaimed eateries. Then enjoy a taste of ancient history, touring the city's 2,000-year-old Roman theater.

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Local Connections: Market and Culinary Experience with Chef Juan Solano

3.5 hours | Cartagena | C A 3 - 2 5 0

Take a guided stroll through the old-city center's Market Hall, where you'll sample some local fruit and purchase ingredients to use in a dynamic cooking demonstration. Then proceed to a local restaurant and learn the steps to prepare Chef Juan Solano's signature dish, paella, before diving in to this regional delight.

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Local Connections: Craft Brew Tasting With Master Brewer Damian Martinez

3 hours | Cartagena | C A 3 - 2 7 0

Fun is on tap when you join Master Brewer Damian Martínez for an insider's look at locally crafted beer. Following a tour of the Canana L.A. Brew Pub onsite mini-factory in the little village of La Aljorra, you can sample six different beers accompanied by a variety of snacks.

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Best of Lorca

7 hours | Cartagena | C A 3 - 1 2 0
  • Fortress of the Sun

Immerse yourself in Lorca, 'The Baroque City.' This moderate, full-day, Discovery Recommended tour includes a guided walk of the historic Town Center, shopping at the Craftsmanship Center, a visit to the Paso Blanco Museum to view costumes and props used in the famed Holy Week parade, and lunch at a local restaurant.

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Discovery Family Cartagena - Padi Snorkel at Cabo de Palos

4 hours | Cartagena | C A 3 - 6 0 0

Calling kids of all ages! Dive into the Mediterranean's inviting waters during a PADI-certified snorkeling adventure at picturesque Cabo de Palos. This exclusive Princess excursion is a Discovery Recommended Tour designed for smaller groups and is a great way for the whole family to bond and have fun.

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Kayaking in Cartagena

4 hours | Cartagena | C A 3 - 8 8 0

A sea kayaking adventure is a wonderful way to explore Cartagena's coast, one of the gems of the Mediterranean. Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty from a unique vantage point, taking in historic landmarks as well as the flora and fauna that adorn its shoreline. Stop at select beaches in the area.

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A Walk Through The Roman Forum District: A Discovery Exclusive

3.5 hours | Cartagena | C A 3 - 2 2 0

Join an archeologist on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Cartagena's famed District of the Roman Forum. Located beneath the Archeological Park of Molinete the site consists of a thermal spa complex and the atrio building used for religious celebrations. Later, enjoy free time followed by a city walk along main streets and squares.

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Local Connections: A Spanish Horse Ranch with the Conesa Family

4 hours | Cartagena | C A 3 - 2 3 0

Watch impressive Andalusian horses and their skilled riders demonstrate the art of dressage during a special performance on the grounds of the Conesa Family ranch. This family has dedicated more than 40 years to these magnificent animals and will open their doors to you to discover life on the ranch. After exploring the ranch and enjoying the show, savor the flavors of southeastern Spain with a tasty snack of olive oil, bread, wine and tapas before embarking on a scenic tour of Cartagena.

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