The history of Cartagena
It was founded almost 2,300 years ago under the name of Quart Hadast. It is a name we know today is derived from its Latin origins, Cartago Nova.
The rich legacy of Cartagena stretches along the shores of its marina – a maritime legend and hugely important during the War of Spanish Succession and in the War of Independence. The Sea Wall marks the boundaries of the historic quarter and close by you will find the Military Arsenal – its walls house the only entrance gate to the city and still stands today.
Very few European cities have the rich and monumental history that is possessed by Cartagena in Murcia.
Cartagena’s seafaring history is evident in many areas and in its monuments and architecture. Visitors can enjoy pondering over the prototype submarine designed by the inventor from Cartagena Isaac Peral or the National Museum of Maritime Archaeology which houses the National Centre of Underwater Archaeological Investigation.
The entrance to the town centre is dominated by the Palacio Consistorial or City Hall, a gem of modernist architecture.
Of interest in Cartagena
Catedral Vieja & Santa Maria
Amongst the various places of interest on offer are the Catedral Vieja (the Old Cathedral) and the Cathedral of Santa Maria, whose remains stand on the steps of a Roman Theatre, discovered in 1987. This structure actually dates back to the 1st century BC and is one of the most important of its kind in Spain.
Many of the pieces found on this site can be seen in the Municipal Archaeological Museum.
El Castillo de la Concepcion
In Torres Park, the medieval Castillo de la Concepcion, with its ruins that are surrounded by fine gardens, commands a splendid view of the city and harbour.
The castle was a fortress that belonged to the Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Arabs and Castilians.
The Byzantine Wall, As well having an abundance of culture Cartagena is also naturally blessed with a coastline that is nothing short of spectacular. One of its finer beaches, Calblanque beach – is part of a designated nature reserve.