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Half Day Shore Excursion
Duration: Approximately 3 hours
Cartagena is a city that has been shaped by 1,000 different cultures
with its magnificent harbor that has been considered by a number of
civilizations to be a perfect strategic location. Today, this Punic,
Roman, military and Modernist city offers a wide variety of places
This harbor city is rich in history which you can experience on this
walking tour, see the well-preserved memories of the earliest time
of its history. The port provides an open door to the bay, which has
been entered by numerous civilizations, cultures and religions which
were attracted by the strategic location and abundant resources of
the Spanish Carthaginian Kingdom territory.
As we walk from the port area your first visit will be made to the
panoramic lift, to ascend to the Castillo de la Concepción, which is
the best starting point to discover the city and to obtain an
overview of the 3,000 years of history; The Punic Cartagena founded
around 229 BC by the General Hasdrubal.
The mineral wealth that attracted years later the Romans made it one
of the most important colonies of the Roman Hispania. With the Arab
occupation and the Conquest of Castile by Alfonso X in 1245, the
splendor of 18th century military became the maritime Department of
the Mediterranean. It is in the 19th century when Cartagena is
living one of its periods of wealth thanks to the industrialization
and its port.
Later you will visit the Roman Theatre of Cartagena, accompanied at
all times by a guide who will explain the curiosities of this iconic
site. The theatre’s construction began at the end of the 1st century
BC, coinciding with the period of greatest urban swing of the Roman
colony under the reign of Augustus, the man who defeated Anthony and
Cleopatra in battle. Close to the theatre are the remains of the
walking shoes, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen are recommended on this
The port of Cartagena has been prized since Carthaginian times
thanks to its strategic position on the Murcia coast. It has been
inhabited by several cultures which have left their mark on its
artistic heritage with splendid history in its streets and squares.
On this walking tour we will take a trip back in time for a cultural
experience in Cartagena, a city which is almost 2,500 years old.
Leaving the port area your first stop will be the Naval Museum. One
of the rooms here is dedicated exclusively to Isaac Peral, a native
of this city and the inventor of the submarine. An original
prototype of the world’s first submarine can be found in Cartagena,
it was invented and launched from here in 1888.
Continue on foot to San Sebastian Square and Main Street for a taste
of true Modernism. View architecture with its characteristic
glassed-in balconies, worked in iron with bronze reliefs of
allegorical figures. See many elegant monuments to the bourgeoisie
which remain as evidence of the area’s economic development based on
mining and industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Your next stop will be the recently renovated Roman Theatre
constructed by Emperor Augusto. See the original construction
materials alongside that of the new used to reconstruct what the
building would have looked like. The regeneration project of the
Roman Theatre has taken into account the integration of the remains
in the urban network, as well as its adequate preservation and
presentation for learning and cultural purposes.
Day shore excursion
- City Tour Cartagena & Murcia
Duration: Approximately 7 hours
This Cartagena shore excursion showcases the best highlights
available in the city. A professional guide leads you from landmark
to landmark, providing a comprehensive full-day experience.
Destinations on this Cartagena tour include the historic port city,
Roman Theater, and old quarter. You will also visit Murcia, its
impressive cathedral, old quarters, and baroque sanctuary of
Fuensanta. Beautiful views are available throughout this tour. Book
today for a memorable journey into a gorgeous city!