Cartagena is in the southeast of Spain (province of Murcia). In this port city is Spain’s largest naval base in the Mediterranean. Any history buffs should definitely visit this city. You think you are in an Italian-Roman city.
Cartagena was formerly once the capital of the Carthaginians in euros. Here some beautiful Art Nouveau buildings were built towards the end of the century. The best places can be found in the Palacio Pedreno, the Casino, the Palacio de Aguirre, and the Grand Hotel.
The Town Hall of the city is one of the most beautiful buildings for me. At the Plaza del Ayuntamiento square, with its numerous cafés, begins the long shopping street Calle Mayor with a wide selection of shops. Among them are also Bodegas and many old grocers and the Casino of Cartagena.
The Roman amphitheater
This Roman plant in the middle of the city must be seen! It was in 1988 when construction work on a new shopping center suddenly came to light in the demolition of the Palacio del Condesa de Peralto.
At that time one knew immediately that this was something very unusual. Found after 2000 years! It is said that up to 7,000 people fit into the Roman theater. It was built in the 1st century BC by the Roman Emperor Augustus.
Stadtviertel Forum Romanum
Who are interested in Roman history, should visit these excavations. Everything is well marked and described. You can go on boardwalks around the plant or between the old walls through the excavation. The complex is also covered, so staying at any time of day is pleasant.
The promenade at the harbor is very clean, numerous yachts from all over the world can be seen. Along the promenade, you will find the open-air museum, the beautiful boat-club building, a sculpture of a whale and the museum “Museu Naval”.
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