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What to see in Cartagena in one day

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What to see in Cartagena in one day

Cartagena is one of the great unknowns of Spain, which has great potential that we are going to discover in this post. Before we go into what to see in Cartagena in one day, we would like to give you some advice that will surely be useful to you. 

We recommend you go to visit Cartagena in autumn or winter, since the temperatures are milder, and yes, do not come on Monday, because you will find most of the museums closed and, therefore, you will not be able to enjoy 100% of the city.

The city is bright, well-kept and has beautiful gardens and walls overlooking the sea, so it is really nice to walk around it. Its historic center expands to the foot of the castle hill, being practically all pedestrian. In it you can see various monuments, such as the Town Hall, and modernist-style buildings, such as the Gran Hotel, and there are many places to see in Cartagena.

I advise you to stop by a tourist office in the city where they can offer you an interesting proposal for cultural visits. In this way, you will be able to plan your visit and find out the times and prices of the tickets for the different museums or activities that you wish to do. Also tell you that depending on the number of places you want to see, you may be interested in buying the Cartagena Puerto de Culturas pass. This is a tourist card in which for a good price (better than if you paid for each museum), you have access to different museums of Cartagena and also, if you add a supplement, you can include transportation.

And… where is this city and how can we get to it? Keep reading, we will explain everything to you.

The center is one of the things to see in Cartagena in one day.

How to get to Cartagena

You do not know how to get to Cartagena? Calm down, now we will tell you and you will see that access is very simple and has no loss, but first of all, we want to situate you and that you know exactly where this city is located.

Cartagena is a beautiful city located on the Mediterranean Sea, specifically in the south-west of Spain, in the Region of Murcia. It is a city with a long history, being founded in 227 BC by the Carthaginian general Hasdrubal and receiving the name of qart hadasht. Later, in the year 209 BC in the course of the Second Punic War it was conquered by the Romans, with Publio Cornelio Escipión at the head, where it acquired its maximum splendor becoming, New Carthage.

If you are in our Hotel Atrio del Mar en the Alcazars, tell you, that going to Cartagena one day is an obligatory stop that you must do. By car it will take less than 25 minutes and you will enjoy a city that, as we have mentioned before, is full of history.

We are going to give you the instructions that you have to take into account to go from Los Alcázares to Cartagena both by car and by other means of transport:

  • By car: you have to take the AP-7 from N-332. Following the AP-7, take CT-32 towards RM-F36 and take exit 185 from A-30. Afterwards, continue along RM-F36 and Calle Carr. de la Palma until C. del Hospital in Cartagena.
  • By bus: the option is to take it with the Interbus company in the Los Narejos area (in Los Alcázares), making a change in Murcia. With the time of the change, the trip is about 3 hours and a half.
  • By train: the option is to go to Torre-Pacheco (located 15 minutes away by bus) and from there take the direct train to Cartagena. In just 15 minutes you will reach your destination!

We also explain you how to get to Cartagena from the main Spanish cities:

  • Madrid: the duration of the trip is just under four and a half hours, since it is 444 km. Leave Madrid and go to A-3 from Calle de la Magdalena, C. de Atocha, Av. de la Ciudad de Barcelona, ​​Paseo de la R. Cristina and Av. del Mediterráneo. Follow A-3, A-31 and A-30 towards RM-F36 in Region of Murcia and take exit 184 from A-30. Finally, continue along RM-F36 and Calle Carr. de la Palma to C. del Hospital in Cartagena.
  • Barcelona: the route is about 631 km long, so the trip will take approximately 6 hours and 15 minutes.                                            Leave Barcelona and take the B-20 from Carrer de Sepúlveda and C-31. Then, take the C-32, AP-7, A-7, A-35... and A-30 towards RM-F36 in the Region of Murcia. Next, take exit 184 from A-30, and continue on RM-F36. Take Calle Carr. de la Palma towards C. del Hospital in Cartagena.
  • Seville: the duration to Cartagena from Seville is more or less about 5 hours and a quarter, having about 539 km.                                                             Leave Seville and head towards C. Luis Montoto and Av. de Andalucía until you take the A-92. Continue through there and take the A-92N and E-15/A-7 towards RM-F36 in Region of Murcia. Then take exit 184 from A-30 and continue on RM-F36. Take Calle Carr. de la Palma towards C. del Hospital in Cartagena and you will have arrived.
  • Valencia: from here, there are 274 km, which means a little less than 3 hours of travel.                                                                                                              Leave Valencia and go to Carrer d'Alacant and Carrer de les Filipines towards Av. d'Ausiàs March/V-31. Then take A-7, A-35, A-31, A-7 and A-30 towards RM-F36 in Region of Murcia. Then, take exit 184 from A-30 and continue on RM-F36. Take Calle Carr. de la Palma towards C. del Hospital in Cartagena, arriving at your destination.

Once you know everything about how to get to Cartagena, even from our hotel, we went to tell you the 7 things to see in CartagenaDo you want to discover them? 

One of the things that can be seen in Cartagena is its historic center and its cathedral.

7 Things to see in Cartagena

Surely more than once you have asked yourself, even now reading this post, what can be seen in Cartagena, what can be done, what its beaches are like, what monuments can be visited… And this unknown city has a lot to offer us, that is why we have suggested you to spend a day here and discover it. On this day, you will be able to see its main tourist attractions: museums, archaeological remains, its great port, beaches, stroll through its beautiful historic center and even taste its exquisite cuisine.

We tell you the 7 things to see in Cartagena, so that you do not waste time and go directly to the safe, in this way, you will be able to know the most interesting places in the city. And now you can answer your question:why visit Cartagena?

Cartagena roman theater 

One of the places to see in Cartagena and that you cannot miss, is its Roman theater. This was discovered not so long ago, in 1988, by the archaeologist Sebastián Ramallo Asensio, being in 2003 when everything was uncovered.

This theater was built between the 7.000th century and the XNUMXst century BC, having a capacity for around XNUMX people. Currently, it can be seen for free from the outside, but it is worth going in to see its museum, where in addition to finding all the pieces that have been obtained from the excavations, we can learn more about the history of this magnificent monument. .

Also comment that this museum is not only an exhibition space, but also a walk through the underground of the city that goes from the Plaza del Ayuntamiento to the Palacio Pascual de Riquelme, passing through the Church of Santa María la Vieja, reaching the great Roman theater of Cartagena.

As you can see, this is one of the things to see in Cartagena and that you cannot miss, we leave you here Official Site so you can find out their schedules, prices and even buy your ticket in advance.

What to see in Cartagena in one day: the Roman theater.

Roman Forum Cartagena

Other of the things what to see in Cartagena in one day, is its Roman forum, where you can imagine that you are in Ancient Rome.

This urban archaeological space is located at the foot of Cerro del Molinete, being one of the most important urban archaeological sites in the country, where you can see: the hot springs, with their peristyle; different residential and worship spaces, Roman roads, the house of the Atrium...

It is really worth visiting Roman Forum Cartagena and taking advantage of the fact that you are there, another of the things to do in Cartagena, is to climb the Cerro del Molinete to admire a beautiful view of the city.

Town Hall

The Town Hall is another of the monuments to visit in Cartagena, being without a doubt, one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. It was built between 1900-1907 by Tomás Rico with the collaboration of Francisco de Paula Oliver. It stands out for its eclectic, somewhat French-inspired style and for its triangular floor plan, which has three different façades with numerous decorative elements.

As curiosities, tell you that the clock that can be seen on its main facade, they continue to wind it every two days and that the building remains intact, despite the fact that during the civil war, Cartagena suffered numerous aerial attacks.

House of Fortune

Near the Plaza de la Merced is the Cartagena's House of Fortune, this domus is from the XNUMXst century BC, so it will take you back to Roman times. In it you will visit different rooms of the typical houses of the time: the dining room, the representation room (where clients were received), the bedrooms... as well as being able to enjoy the original objects with which the rooms were decorated, such as the crockery, mosaics, paintings on the walls... with which you can learn a lot about Roman customs and mythology, since both the paintings and mosaics are loaded with mythological symbolism.

As a curiosity, the name that the house receives is due to the inscription "Fortuna propitia” (good luck) in a mosaic on the floor. 

Submarine Cartagena

One of the things to see in Cartagena Murcia, is without a doubt the naval museum, this is located in a building from the XNUMXth century that was built aso Barracks for Convicts and Slaves and which is currently one of the headquarters of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, its basement being intended for the museum.

In this museum you can admire the different collections that are in it, being all related to the history of the Navy in Cartagena and being divided into various themes: naval construction, navigation, naval artillery and portable weapons, naval health, flags and uniforms, painting naval, marine infantry, diving, underwater weapons and Isaac Peral room. It stands out, being the main piece of the museum, the Pear Submarine, built by Isaac Peral, a lieutenant from Cartagena who is credited with the invention of battery-powered submarines. Likewise, all his legacy is exhibited in the room that bears his name.

And who thought it couldn't be possible visit submarine in Cartagena? This city has everything, you won't get bored here!

Conception Castle

Without a doubt, another of the best things to do in Cartagena is to climb al castle of the conception and enjoy its fantastic views, since it is located on one of the five hills that surround the city (the Cerro de la Concepción), being right in the center, above the Roman theater. As you can imagine, the views of the city and the port are spectacular from here.

On the other hand, inside the castle is the Cartagena History Interpretation Center that will help you understand the entire history of this city, in addition, it is very entertaining and fun, so it is highly recommended. Comment also, that you go up to the roof of the castle, from where there are incredible views of Cartagena.

If, instead, you don't want to enter the castle, there is a viewpoint very close, in Torres Park from which you can admire views of the entire city.

The port of Cartagena

We recommend you walk around the area of ​​the port of Cartagena and even visit some of the museums in the area, among which the  National Museum of Underwater Archeology (ARQUA). In this museum, you can see part of the Spanish Underwater Cultural Heritage such as the well-known "odyssey treasure"

The walk that we propose is to continue bordering the port with tranquility, being ideal to do it at sunset and see the sculptures that you will find on your way, such as the Zulo, the whale's tail, the cannons of the boat dock... arriving at the door from the armory.

Now that you know everything about what to see in Cartagena in 1 day, you just need to decide when you are going to come! This city does not disappoint, we are sure you will like it.

Port of Cartagena.


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