Now you’ve landed at San Javier, just got on your Dickmanns rented car and heading to Cartagena city. These are some of the activities you won’t regret when visiting new Carthago.
When we enter Cartagena, we undergo an experience that those who came before us have repeated for more than 3000 years. Archaeology is of paramount importance in Cartagena and the present itinerary makes it possible for us to conjure up the picture of the city in ancient times. To start the discovery of the city we must visit the Cartagena History Interpretive Centre and the Cartagena Medieval, placed on the highest of the five hills which made up the ancient city limits, to continue visiting the more monumental archaeological site, The Roman Theatre, and the uncovered city in the district of the Roman Forum, with the building for religious banquets and the baths. Cartagena’s raison d’être is the impressive harbour, so the journey through history must be made on the catamaran towards the Cartagena Defence Architecture Interpretive Centre at Fuerte de Navidad (Christmas Fort), which, placed on one of the sides of the port entrance, provides the city with its impregnable condition. If we focus on its historic monuments overlooking the sea, the City Hall Palace represents the land reclaimed from the sea.
If, what you are looking for is to enjoy the beach, congratulations! Cartagena can offer two seas: Mar Menor (a salt water lagoon) and the Mediterranean. In this seaside environment it is a must to taste “caldero”, a typical fish-based rice speciality.
Visit the Roman Theatre Museum of Cartagena. The space of this museum has been built by incorporating the monumental remains into the urban environment. The theatre was discovered by pure chance. The northern side of the hill known as “la Concepción” was the location where stands were erected. The commemorative inscriptions indicate that construction began in the late first century B.C. in the heyday of the Roman Colony’s urban development. Right on the Roman Theatre and making up part of it, lie the ruins of the Ancient Cathedral.
Also visit Medieval Cartagena and the history interpretation museum. It is situated at the top of the medieval castle (Conception Hill). Most of the materials used to build the castle were taken from structures built when the city was a Roman colony. Further rebuilding was undertakenin the 14th century, during which the large ashlars of the Roman Amphitheatre were reused. The latest renovation works carried out in 1994 permitted the recovery of the historical accesses to the Homage Tower.