Cartagena is culture, Cartagena is spectacle and feeling in a city with more than two thousand years of history. Enjoy Cartagena with the tourist vouchers that we put at your disposal, with which you can visit the main monuments of Cartagena, walk its streets and even enjoy the Mediterranean Sea. The two tourist vouchers, that can be collected in our tourist accommodation upon arrival, have access to the main museums and exhibition spaces of Cartagena, while the transport pass will take you to the bay of Cartagena by tourist boat and you can travel all over Cartagena with a panoramic tourist bus. Enter and immerse yourself in the history and culture of Cartagena at the hands of Cartagena Puerto de Culturas and Cartagena Spain.
Panoramic lift of Cartagena
¿Do you want to see Cartagena from a certain height? The Panoramic Lift, opened in 2004 and located on Gisbert street, will take you to the Concepción Hill, hill where the Torres Park Auditorium and the Concepción Castle are. From this point you can have the best views of the fishing port of Santa Lucia and the city of Cartagena: the Roman amphitheater, el Marina Hospital (today the current headquarters of the Technical University of Cartagena), the bullring and even the Auditorium and Palacio de Congresos El Batel. In addition, if you are one of those who love modern history, you can visit at the base of the Panoramic Lift the impressive Civil War Shelters Museum, icon of the interwar Cartagena.
Augusteum of Cartagena
If you have ever wanted to feel like an emperor, in the Augusteum Museum of Cartagena you will have the opportunity to visit this temple, dedicated to the first Roman emperor Octavius Augustus. In the Augusteum you can learn about the rites performed by the Roman priests in honor of the propellant of the Roman Empire at the beginning of the 1st century AD. Of symmetrical cut and of narrow lateral corridors, the Augusteum counted in its central part with a statue of Octavio Augusto surrounded by rich marbles that will leave the tourist breathless. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the Augusteum, you will discover why Cartagena became one of the strategic points of the Mediterranean during the Roman domination.
The House of Fortune of Cartagena
Visiting the House of Fortune of Cartagena is to blend with the Rome of the first century and feel one more. This archaeological site of Cartagena, which saw the light in 2000, is a complete Roman family house (domus) of a rich and popular family. In the Museum of the House of Fortune of Cartagena you can tour the triclinium or dining room, tablinum or representation room where customers were received and even the cubicles or bedrooms. In addition, the House of Fortune conserves objects that help the visitor learn about the customs of the time: crockery, lamps and personal items to which are added wall paintings and mosaics of great beauty. Check this archaeological site unparalleled throughout the Mediterranean, you will not be disappointed.
The Conception Castle of Cartagena
The Conception Castle, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest and present Centre for the Interpretation of the History of Cartagena, is, next to the Roman Theater, one of the main emblems of the city of Cartagena. This fortification, which is accessed through the Panoramic Lift and has the best views of the city, has seen pass between its walls from Roman, with a temple dedicated to Esculapio, a Muslim citadel, to a medieval castle or a siren that warned the population of bombings during the Civil War. Visit the Conception castle of Cartagena is a good way to know the main ins and outs of this population, take this opportunity and go to the balcony of Cartagena from which you can breathe deeply and feel the Mediterranean Sea in all its splendor..
Roman Forum District of Cartagena
Walking on foot through the center of Cartagena is a fundamental activity with which tourists will find numerous surprises such as the Roman Forum District, one of the largest urban archaeological parks in Spain at Cerro del Molinete. In the Roman Forum District, Dated from the 1st century BC You will find a complex network of buildings with a Roman thermal spa, the Atrium Building in which the Romans celebrated religious feasts and the Sanctuary of Isis and Serapis, Egyptian gods to whom they worshiped. Thus, you can contemplate one of the main Roman vestiges of Cartagena, awarded with the National Award for Restoration and Conservation of Cultural Property by the Ministry of Culture in 2012. Do not hesitate and enjoy the Roman Forum of Cartagena.
Christmas Fort of Cartagena
Cartagena Spain offers you the opportunity to visit the Fort of Christmas in Cartagena, a defensive fort from which you can see the entire bay of Cartagena and from which the city has been defended since the mid-nineteenth century through eight casamatas, vaulted spaces where they were placed the guns and the fire and the enemy ships were destroyed. Located to the southwest of the bay of Cartagena, next to the lighthouse of the same name and at the entrance to the port of Cartagena, the Christmas Fort is constituted as a coastal battery from which the city of Cartagena and the Military Arsenal were defended. The Christmas Fort, which is accessed by the Despalmador road in the Navantia shipyards, was declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 1985, becoming a must for all tourists visiting Cartagena, who can visit each of the casamatas, today inhabited as small museums in which to contemplate the life of the artillerymen and their defensive work.
Civil War Shelters Museum-Refugee of Cartagena
Cartagena, for its value as one of the maritime ports of supplies of warlike material for the most important Republican fleet in the Mediterranean, was one of the most besieged cities during the Spanish Civil War. In 1878 a hole was opened on the slope of Gisbert Street that allowed connect the Conception Hill, the highest point of the city, with the Mediterranean Sea, which later became one of several anti-aircraft shelters in Cartagena during the Civil War, which came to welcome 5,500 people. Already in 2004 it becomes a Museum-Refuge of the Civil War, allowing the tourist who visits Cartagena to observe the different galleries-refuge of the Civil War: types of shelters, the daily life during the Civil War, the passive and active defenses of Cartagena and a host of objects that are a true reflection of the society of Cartagena during the wars. Touring the Museum-Refuge of the Civil War is, thus, fundamental to understanding the future of Cartagena after the Civil War.
Roman Theatre Museum of Cartagena
Visit the Museum of the Roman Theater of Cartagena is to enter imperial Rome, the gladiators and theatrical performances. Discovered at the end of the eighties on the site of the old Palace-House of the Countess Peralta, the visit to the Roman Theater Museum is an essential for any tourist who visits Cartagena with a hunger for history. This museum, structured in different rooms, provides the visitor with a unique experience with a tour of the Riquelme Palace, passing through a corridor where you can see all the preserved pieces of the excavations to finish at the Roman Theater, amphitheater of the 1st century. BC in which more than 7,000 people would fit. Do not leave Cartagena without visiting the Roman Theater Museum of Cartagena, you will live a unique experience that you will remember forever.
Panoramic tourist bus of Cartagena
If you want to know all the main tourist points of interest in Cartagena, do not hesitate to get on the panoramic tourist bus with which you will travel, in 360º, with speech in different languages (Spanish, English, French and German) and free informative material, Cartagena's most emblematic buildings, its archaeological sites and even its historic center and its marvelous promenade from which you will enjoy its sea breeze and Cala Cortina, the only urban beach in the city. 45 minutes in which you will enjoy the sun of Cartagena and its history. What are you waiting for to get on board the tourist bus that will transport you to visit this dream city?
Tourist boat of Cartagena
Do you want to know the history of Cartagena in a different and fun way? Get on board a tourist boat with which you will know the strategic importance of Cartagena in the Mediterranean Sea and all the castles, lighthouses, docks and batteries of Cartagena. The tourist boat will take you on a quiet tour of the entire bay and the seaport of Cartagena, allowing you to see the Curra dock, the San Pedro Lighthouse, the San Julián Castle, the Galeras Castle, the Fishermen Port and the Arsenal of Cartagena and a host of antiaircraft batteries from our city. The visit of the tourist boat, made with a voiceover in several languages, will take you to disembark at the Christmas Fort, where you can learn about the military life and the defensive systems of Cartagena in all its extension. Get one of our bonuses and enjoy the Mediterranean with a touristic boat trip worth remembering in your memory.
Roman Decumano Maximum
This stretch of road from the old Carthagonova, from east to west, linking the port area with the forum, is set in one of the main archaeological sites in Cartagena today. Commercial establishments or "tabernae", a central sewerage, old buildings and Roman baths with the "praefurnium", oven from which hot air for the caldarium came, a room paved in pink marble, three "hipocaustum" and the "frigidarium" or cold water pool, make up this strategic point of Carthagonova located in the current Plaza de los Tres Reyes. Enjoy this impressive archaeological find dating from the 1st century BC. and the V AC. and get used to the history of Cartagena.