Cartagena is a wonderful city full of interesting things to do and see. Here are just five ideas for a day out.
1. Eat tapas – you’re spoilt for choice as there are so many brilliant restaurants on offer in Cartagena. Techos Bajos is one of our favourites for an excellent value menú del día – they are a fish restaurant though, so be prepared to eat fish, fish and more fish. Or try Bodegas Nicolas. They have a terrace out the back and seating along the front, so enjoy people watching as you sample their ample tapas selection. Try the michirones, a great example of Murcia cooking. Look at our Cartagena tapas article for even more great places to eat and drink.
2. Visit La Unión on the FEVE train. La Unión is an interesting town, with a varied mining history, some excellent restaurants and bars, and great views over the Mar Menor.
3. Visit the Teatro Romano ampitheatre – pretend you’re a Roman (or a slave!) and wander around the walls. Watch out for the odd dangerous staircase, uneven flooring and steep drops – I don’t think health and safety were involved in the renovations. The museum includes artifacts from the Roman era (of course!) and they have salons where they regularly change artwork from local artists. The bar next door is great for a cooling drink too.
4. Go diving – there are loads of great dive spots from Cartagena – sunken ships, crashed airplanes and underwater islands. Try the dive club at hesperides.biz right down in the port.
5. Enjoy a sunset drink in the port bar. Have a cool refreshing drink in the yacht club terrace, watch the yachts come sailing in, perhaps even see one of the huge cruise ships and enjoy a little tapas. They even allow non-members to enjoy the view!
For more information on Cartagena and the surrounds buy the Cartagena Kindle ebook, the Cartagena Android app or the full print edition of Going Native In Murcia.