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Oficina Municipal Turística Puertas de San José
Plaza Almirante Bastarreche, s/n 30202 (Cartagena)
Tfno.: 968 506 483 / Fax: 968 526 912
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Cartagena’s Modernistic Architecture

August 28th, 2014|Categories: Cartagena|

The Calle Mayor, which leads away from the Town Hall Square and the sea, is where many of those who made their fortunes as a result of mining in the Cartagena area during the second half of the 19th Century built their new houses. […]

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Cartagena – The Palacio Consistorial

July 26th, 2014|Categories: Cartagena|

Cartagena’s Town Hall is virtually on the seafront, at one side of the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, opposite the Roman Theatre. […]

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Fuerte de Navidad (or “Christmas Fort”)

March 26th, 2014|Categories: Cartagena|

Cartagena is a town with a long naval history and linked to this, have been numerous defensive installations through the ages. One example which we would thoroughly recommend as worth visiting is the Fuerte de Navidad (or ‘Christmas Fort’) which is situated a few miles out of Cartagena on the southern side of the harbour bay. […]

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Cartagena’s Roman Spelndour

February 25th, 2014|Categories: Cartagena|

It was under the Emperor Augustus (27 BC to 14 AD) that Cartagena, then called Carthago Nova, began to achieve its greatest splendour, perhaps of all times. Large numbers of ships from the eastern Mediterranean arrived and new roads integrated the city with the interior and the Empire more generally. […]

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The Effect of the Spanish Civil War on Cartagena

December 29th, 2013|Categories: Cartagena|

For many of us who are not Spanish by birth, the Spanish Civil War seems something quite distant and even slightly obscure. Today more is being said and written about the Civil War and it does not appear quite the taboo subject of even the relatively recent past. Certainly, it was a massive event in the country’s history with perhaps half a million people dying during or soon after it. […]

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Two walls to visit in Cartagena

November 26th, 2013|Categories: Cartagena|

Although there is an enormous amount to see in Cartagena covering almost 2500 years, the town’s history can also be seen through its walls! Two remnants of wall, both preserved in museums, hark back to the very founding of the city and, several hundred years later, to a short renaissance at the end of the Roman Empire. […]

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Cartagena: Maritime And Modern Naval And Military History

August 30th, 2012|Categories: Cartagena|

Cartagena has some excellent museums dealing with its maritime and more modern military history. The following are, in our view, well worth a visit. The National Museum of Underwater Archaeology is on the seafront roughly halfway along the Paseo de Alfonso XII. It is located in an impressive modern building entered down a slope. When we last visited it, there was a small entrance charge (pensioners free) and it opened Tues-Sun from 10am, though closing early on Sundays (3pm). Its collection consists mainly of objects recovered from the sea and dating from the 7th Century BC to the 19th Century. In the main, the remains come from the coastal areas around Cartagena, and most of the information boards and signs are in Spanish and English. […]

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In the Steps of the Romans – part 2

May 30th, 2012|Categories: Cartagena|

The second of our suggested “Roman” visits is to the Casa Fortuna. In 1971, a section of Roman road and the ruins of two Roman houses were located in a small square (Plaza del Risueño), off the Serreta Caridad a little way north of the sea front. […]

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In the Steps of the Romans

April 27th, 2012|Categories: Cartagena|

Few would dispute that, in its long history, Cartagena’s period of unsurpassed relative splendour was when it was a great Roman city. […]

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