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Cartagena Port of Cultures

Cartagena boasts a vast wealth of heritage founded on the presence of Punic,
Roman and Byzantine remains, military batteries and forts and on its extensive
architectural legacy, which ranges from its archaeological sites dating back to the
Augustan period, through the Carlos III Wall to the modernist architecture of the
19th century.

In order to optimise the potential of this extensive historical legacy, a few years
ago, the city launched Cartagena Port of Cultures, an initiative that has turned
the streets of Cartagena and its heritage into a vast cultural and thematic arena,
guiding visitors in their journey of discovery, allowing them to find out about the
past and history in a fun and interactive way.

As such, it is now much easier to get to know Cartagena. A good place to start is
the Historical Interpretation Centre in Concepción Castle, which can be reached
via a spectacular ride in the 45-metre high panoramic lift that is connected to the
Castle by a footbridge. The Centre’s modern facilities provide the key to
understanding the most important aspects of Cartagena’s history and development.
Once the route has been decided, visitors can choose from various themed
itineraries. The Roman Cartagena route allows visitors to admire the quality and
quantity of historic heritage that form part of the city’s urban landscape and their
excellent state of conservation. The splendour of the Roman Empire is part of
everyday life in Cartagena. The Roman Theatre Museum, the Decumanus, the
Casa de la Fortuna, the Augusteum and the El Molinete Archaeological Park are
but a few examples of all that the city has to offer.

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For those choosing the Millennial Cartagena route, another must is the Punic
Wall Interpretation Centre, where visitors can delve into the most ancient
chapters of Cartagena’s history. Another of the itineraries is Modern Cartagena,
where visitors will come across the vestiges of more recent times, which include
Baroque churches, modernist-style buildings, the Port and Marine Promenade,
the Isaac Peral Submarine, the Sea Wall, the Military Arsenal, the Artillery Park
and the exceptional collection of castles and coastal batteries that sit atop the hills that surround the port and
protect the entrance to the Bay of Cartagena.The Spanish Civil War Air-raid Shelters and Museum
take visitors back to wartime, enabling them to re-envisage day-to-day life at the time; education,
homes, pastimes, the bombing raids.

Another option is a sightseeing tour aboard the tourist boat, which enables visitors
to discover the network of castles and coastal batteries that used to protect the city
and to enjoy a different perspective and views of the city of Cartagena. It is also
possible to take the boat to the Centre for the Interpretation of Defensive
Architecture in Cartagena and the Mediterranean in the Navidad Fort.
Similarly, the tourist bus, which has stops at all the key places of interest, makes
it all the easier for visitors to get to know Cartagena’s exceptional heritage.
Signage in the city is exemplary, which means that itineraries are simple to follow
and points of interest easily found.

In addition to its themed itineraries, visitors to Cartagena can also enjoy the city’s
gastronomy, its traditional fiestas and celebrations (including Easter, which has
been declared of International Tourist Interest and the Carthaginians & Romans
Festival, declared of National Tourist Interest) and its renowned cultural events (the
‘Mar de Músicas’ world music festival, the International Jazz Festival and the ‘Músicas
del Mediterráneo’ international classical music festival.

You can download an ebook to Cartagena City here.

You can download an ebook to Murcia City itself here

Both are great reads with over 40,000 words each.

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