Holidays to Cartagena
The stretch of coastline in southeast Spain known as the Costa Calida is an area of contrasts. The breathtaking landscape of Mar Menor, a natural saltwater lagoon, nestles alongside the manmade yet luxurious holiday resort of La Manga Club. Add into this mix the city of Cartagena, whose history dates back to Roman times and was named after Carthege, Hannibal’s city in North Africa, and you have a very special slice of Spain.
The very Spanish city of Cartagena is a delightful mix of narrow medieval streets, heritage sites and museums, with modern restaurants and bars clustered along the harbour. Cartagena is the perfect antidote to the usual beach holidays found on the Costa Calida.
Live it up in Cartagena
With mild winters and hot summers a holiday to Cartagena can be enjoyed all year round, but a visit at certain times of the year may add something extra special to your holiday. Like Seville and many other Spanish cities, springtime is dominated by the celebrations of the Semana Santa at Easter. Visit Cartagena in June and immerse yourself in the festivities of International Nautical week. In July you may find yourself toe tapping along to world music with the Mar de Musicas festival. Or chill out in November at the jazz festival.
Cartagena is best explored on foot. Start at the port’s promenade and marvel at the natural harbour protected by rocky cliffs on both sides. Step back in time as you wander about the old medieval centre and immerse yourself in the history of the city at the Augusteum museum, or nose about the ruins of a Roman home at the House of Fortuna. Take a walk up to La Concepcio Castle, found at the highest point in Cartagena, and admire the blissful views over the city, harbour and Mediterranean. The climb is worth it to catch sight of the old bullring on your way up and the gruesome 18th century Autopsy Pavilion.
Stock up on gifts and clothes along the Calle Mayor, the main shopping area of Cartagena, with its mix of big brand Spanish stores and independent shops. Take a walk along the coastal path to Cortina beach for a spot of sunbathing and swimming before a bite to eat at the local seafood restaurant. In the evening relax with a glass of Spanish wine and a bowl of fish stew at Mare Nostrum, a restaurant with fabulous views of the marina. Stylish restaurant Barrio de San Roque is famed for its seafood, while nautical themed La Mejillonera translates as ‘mussel’.
Your Cartagena holiday
A holiday to Cartagena is an action packed city break filled with festivals, shopping, bars, restaurants, culture and history. And if by any chance you get bored of all that then there are miles of beaches on the Costa Calida to discover. Book your Cartagena holiday with lastminute.com today and all this can become a reality.