History and innovation between two capes
On the shores of the Mediterranean and protected by the five hills that mark out the perimeter of the ancient city, Cartagena is a port of cultures that has been home to various civilisations over the centuries.
Its valuable archaeological heritage demonstrates this, from the ruins of its Punic wall to its spectacular Roman theatre, one of the most beautiful and ancient in our country.
With this historical background, it is not surprising that one of its most important events is its Carthaginians and Romansfestival: ten days in the second half of September when more than 4,000 Carthaginians act out the Second Punic War, from the landing to the activities at the festival site. Greco-Roman wrestling and slave auctions, of course; but also monologues and concerts. Fun assured!
The multicultural and Mediterranean essence of the city is also celebrated at the La Mar de Músicas festival: a don't-miss event for world-music fans that brings together major performers from the five continents every July. And also exhibitions, workshops, colloquiums... The best cultural leisure with incredible views of the Mediterranean. You couldn't ask for more.
Or maybe you could... If you are passionate about military history, Cartagena is a destination you simply can't miss. Its coastal barracks, strategically distributed between the capes Cabo Tiñoso and Cabo Negrete, protected the city from attacks from the sea, although they currently serve a very different function: that of providing some of the most extraordinary coastal views you will see.
And since we're talking about attacks from the sea, did you know that the inventor of the electric submarine was a Carthaginian? That's right. It was the pioneer Isaac Peral and his invention revolutionised military navigation. To see his famous torpedo submarine, just take a stroll along the Paseo de Alfonso XII and you can see it in all its splendour right there, looking out to sea.
Cartagena is mountains and sea (it has some of the best beaches on the Spanish coast), good weather and lots of history.
And, although it's true that it's hard to leave this city behind, before we board the train, Cartagena gives us the best send-off possible: with a modernist station full of exquisite details, such as the distinguished steel and glass canopy at the entrance. We recommend arriving at the station early. It's really worth a look.