Cartagena (with around 200,000 inhabitants) is the most important city on the Costa Calida after the capital Murcia. Cartagena is a lively port city that was founded in Roman times. Cartagena and its many coastal towns and villages such as Puerto de Mazarron, Aguilas and La Azohia have a lot to offer especially during the summer months. Tourism is increasing, attracted by the beautiful beaches and the pleasant climate. In addition to a trading and fishing port, there is also a large maritime fleet base.
The sheltered location of the city between the mountain tops has ensured the many settlements in the past. There are several Roman remains to be found in Cartagena, including an amphitheater that also has a museum. The amphitheater was once the largest in the Roman Empire. In addition, there is a city wall (Muralla Púnica) around the old part of the city, as well as the ruins of a Roman road in the center of Cartagena. We can also find the ruins of the oldest cathedral in Spain.
Cartagena is characterized by its mountains. Two of them, Las Galeras and San Julian, are on either side of the harbor. One of the mountains is in the middle of the city with an almost 1000 year old castle on top. The castle is a popular destination for tourists. You can choose between walking up or using a panoramic lift. This lift is closed during the off season.
From the harbor you quickly reach the main streets Calle del Carmen and Calle Mayor. There are many small side streets with countless narrow alleys filled with shops, cafés, restaurants and lots of fun.