Cartagena was the last Moorish stronghold in Spain and has a history that stretches back over 2,300 years. Its fascinating heritage includes one of the most important archaeological sites in Spain, the remains of a 13th century church, situated on the steps of a Roman Theatre from the 1st century BC.
Cartagena is famous as the site that Hannibal departed from with his elephants to cross the Alps, an event still celebrated every September with a huge two-week long festival.
The world’s first submarine was created here in 1884 and is still displayed as a tourist attraction for visitors to the city.
Aside from its rich and interesting history, Cartagena is also an active commercial hub, with a wide range of shopping and leisure activities available to enjoy, as well superb food and drink such as locally caught seafood and fresh fruit and vegetables.
There are amazing views to take in all over Cartagena. The ‘Castillo de la Concepcion’ offers the best vistas across the city from on high, while the numerous boat tours of the harbour offer stunning visions back towards the city. Several comfortable cafes and restaurants overlook the busy marina, providing a perfect place to relax with a drink or bite to eat.
By car, Cartagena is easily reached from La Manga Club in less than 15 minutes.