Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena is poised between the Mediterranean and the Mar Menor, on Spain’s south-east coast. A great place to stop for a short break to soak up some Spanish culture

Some great sculptures in Cartagena like The whale tail fin ‘Cola de ballena”, by artist Elorrieta or El Zulo (the hideout) sculpture, a tribute to the victims of terrorism by Victor Ochoa and the sailor returning home in front of City hall

The city had a festival, Fiesta de las Cruces on at the time with traditional dancing and parades

Roman Theatre Museum

The Roman Theatre has been under restoration since the nineties. You can enter via a visitor centre designed by the architect, Rafael Moneo. You can also see a fresco depicting a swan in the Tablinum of the House of Fortune.

Modern Cartagena near the port contrasts with the old in the form of ARQVA Museo Nacional de Arqueologia Subacuatica which was sadly closed.

Castillo de la Concepcion, The Conception Castle is a good orientation point to discover the city. It was an enclave to a Roman temple dedicated to Asclepius, a medieval castle and where sirens were sounded from during the bombing of the Civil War. Great panoramic views of the city and a lift to save those weary legs

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