Cartagena Tourism

Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and one of Spain’s most historically fascinating places, Cartagena, Murcia is a naval station and port city situated in Spain. Due to its strategic location, Cartagena has been inhabited by several cultures since the 227 BC. Having been a prominent port town during the Roman and Arabic empires, Ferdinand III ‘the Saint’ conquered it and incorporated it into the kingdom of Castile. The city has pretty much remained the same since then. All the civilizations and cultures that ruled the coastal city have left their mark on its artistic heritage.

A charming and compact coastal city, one of the things to do in Cartagena is visit the Roman Theatre. The ancient ruins will leave you mesmerized. Layers upon layers of history and culture can be found within the city. And yet, it has accepted the modern contemporary lifestyle with ease and panache. Archaeological finds and extractions blend perfectly with Art Nouveau architecture.

One of the must visit destinations in Spain, a tour of the place and its museums will show you its history and the beautiful way in which it is closely tied to the sea. Do include Cartagena in your Spain tour itinerary.

Essential travel information and Cartagena tips for your visit

  • Cross the roads at zebra crossings and markings. It is a punishable offense in Spain if you don’t follow this rule.
  • Invest in good walking shoes and explore the coastal city on foot.
  • Don't forget to pack a good SPF sunscreen.
  • Some of the tourist attractions are closed for afternoon siestas. Avoid visiting between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Cartagena

  • Save 5% A tasty walk through time in Cartagena
    A tasty walk through time in CartagenaNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Let's take a walk through time! We will take a step in the Roman Empire, the next step in the 18th century and the next step ...

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  • Save 7% Roman exploration in Cartagena
    Roman exploration in CartagenaNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Take a trip back in time and learn about the 2,500-year history of Cartagena during this 3-hour private walking tour along th...

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  • Save 7% Cartagena Guided Walking Tour
    Cartagena Guided Walking Tour26 Reviews

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    See the main sights of Cartagena on this 3-hour walking tour. Explore the historic city center, see amazing panoramic views o...

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  • Save 7% Shore Excursion: Cartagena Tapas Tour
    Shore Excursion: Cartagena Tapas Tour3 Reviews

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Stroll the Modernist streets of Cartagena while tasting Spanish tapas and local drinks! Ready for foodies and yummies!

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  • Know the pollution level of Cartagena before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 39.29 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 66.67 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 43.75 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Cartagena for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Cartagena.

    • Burglary and Theft 19.44 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 22.22 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 11.11 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 66.67 (High)
    • Car Stealing 11.11 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 30.56 (Low)
    • Attacks 19.44 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 36.11 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 94.44 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 19.44 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 22.22 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 33.33 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Cartagena is 164.35 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 73.04 (High)
    • Climate Index 89.6 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 54.6 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 31 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 53.61 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 79.1 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.7 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 75.71 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Cartagena

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.15 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.11 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 28.91 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 73.48 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 71.93 USD

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