Cartagena is a popular area for holiday makers and those wishing to take up full time residence The city of Cartagena, is an ancient port, and the second most important city in the region. It is also and centre of the Mediterranean Maritime Department.

It is a walled town and has a fine harbour defended by forts. In the time of Philip II of Spain, it was a major naval seaport of Spain. Cartagena was founded about 230 BC by Carthaginian General Hasdrubal as Carthago Nova (New Carthage.

Incidentally Qart Hadast, the Punic name of Carthago means “new city”.) When it was taken by Scipio in 209 BC it was said to be one of the richest cities in the world.

There are many places of interest within Cartagena including the Church of Santa Maria La Vieja, the Torre Ciega, Torres Park and the Castle de la Concepcion.

As elsewhere in Spain there are a number of festivals, such as the easter festival of La Semana Santa with its wonderful procession and Cartagineses Y Romanos, a great reconstruction of the battle between cartogians and romans.

Hotels in Cartagena

There are a number of hotels in the area including the Hotel Carlos, located in the heart of the Cartagena’s commercial and financial centre. It is 500 metres from the historical area, and 600 metres from the train and bus station. Although there are plenty of hotels in and around Cartagena, they can fill up rapidly during the summer season.

It has easy access to Murcia St Javier airport and Alicante via the motorway and is ideally located for holiday makers or for those wishing to take up residence.

The popular area of La Manga and the Mar Menor are a just short drive away.

Weather Cartagena

With over 320 days a year of sunshine, it makes it an ideal getaway during the winter months of the year, even if just for a few days. It’s suprising how a few days of sunshine can cheer you up.

Car Hire in Cartagena

Argus car hire, Record Rent a Car, Hertz, Sol-Mar, Avis General, Europa, Europcar operate from Murcia San Javier airport and Alicante. You can choose to leave to rent a car until you arrive, but you do take the chance of either not getting the car of your choice or facing long queues particularly in the summer season.

Villas for rent on the Costa Calida