Best Things To Do in Cartagena, Spain

Are you looking for what to do in Cartagena?

Wondering what to do in Cartagena, Spain? Tourist attractions are aplenty in the city. Here are a few must visit ones:

  • Roman Theatre Museum and Cartagena Cathedral: Right near the ruins of the Cartagena Cathedral lie the ruins of an ancient Roman Theatre. The theatre is believed to be built between the 5th and 1st centuries BC. The museum exhibits items discovered during excavations in the area.
  • Museo Nacional de Arqueologia Subacuatica: One of the things to do in Cartagena is visiting the Museo Nacional de Arqueologia Subacuatica. The museum is dedicated to underwater archaeology.
  • Conception Castle: Situated on a hillock overlooking the port and harbour, the Castillo de la Concepcion, aka Castillo de los Patos is a 12th century fortress which offers spectacular views of Cartagena.

Below we have a list of things to do in Cartagena and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Cartagena getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Cartagena with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Cartagena

Here is the list of things to do in Cartagena and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Roman Theatre Museum

    Museum, History Museum, Theatre

    Right near the ruins of the Cartagena Cathedral lie the ruins of an ancient Roman Theatre. Infact, the cathedral was built using some of the material from the ruins of the Roman Theatre. The theatre is believed to be built between the 5th and 1st centuries BC. The museum exhibits items discovered in excavations in the area of the Roman Theatre. Trivia- The theatre has a capacity of seating 6,00...Read more
  2. Cartagena Cathedral

    Religious Site, War Memorial, Architecture , Archaeological Site

    The Cathedral in Cartagena, also known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Vieja, was a cathedral of the Diocese of Cartagena. It is located on the hill of La Concepcion. It was attacked during the Spanish Civil War and was also bombed during the war of 1939. It has remained in ruins since then. Head over to see some Romanesque architectural relics.
  3. Plage De Calblanque

    Outdoors, Beach, Park, Hiking Trail

    Away from the hustle- bustle of the city and away from the touristy things, Plage de Calblanque is a Regional park, a nature reserve and a protected area. Full of hiking trails, sandy beaches (some of them are nudist beaches), mountains and cliffs, head over here for some leisurely time or for a day full of hiking, cliff diving and swimming in the sea!
  4. Museo De La Muralla Punica

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    Museo De La Muralla Punica

    Museum, History Museum

    The Museo de la Muralla Punica contains the remains of the original wall that encircled the city during the period before the Romans occupied Cartagena. The remains of the wall date back to the 3rd century BC. The remains are about 30 metres long. An informative video is played at the museum where visitors are introduced to the rich history of Cartagena. Also at the museum are the remains of th...Read more
  5. Los Nietos Beach

    Outdoors, Beach, Water Sport, Picnic Spot

    Situated around 20 minutes’ away from the city centre, Los Nietos is a small coastal village. Boasting of a long, pristine, tranquil virgin beach, many visitors plan a half day trip to the village from Cartagena. The beach is lined with a promenade and a marina.  
  6. Centro Regional De Artesania

    Arts And Crafts, Specialty Shop

    Encouraging local artisans and providing a platform for selling their handicrafts, Centro Regional de Artesania has on sale arts and handicrafts created by local craftsmen (from the Murcia region). Shop at this store and take back beautiful and unique souvenirs for your loved ones.
  7. Augusteum Roman Museum

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    Augusteum Roman Museum

    Religious Site, Temple, Museum, History Museum

    An archaeological discovery, the Augusteum dates back to the Roman era in Cartagena. After studies and research by conducted by archaeologists, it was deciphered that the building structure was used as a college and a temple dedicated to the worship of a religious cult inspired by the Emperor Augustus. If you are unaware of the history of Cartagena during the Roman empire and the religious cult...Read more
  8. House Of Fortune Museum

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    House Of Fortune Museum

    Archaeological Site

    For history buffs, archeologically interested people and for the curious souls, the Casa De La Fortuna or the House of Fortune is a must visit. Buried under the streets of the city, the House of Fortune is a Roman era villa. Its construction is dated back to the 1st century BC. The structure of the house along with the area it occupies points to the fact that some wealthy family used to stay th...Read more
  9. Museo Castillo Concepcion Image
    The Museo Castillo Concepción located on the highest hill of the city of Cartagena, Verro de la Concepción stands as a sentinel overlooking the city. Through the charming Torres Park, you can hike to this stunning structure while the ducks and peacocks will accompany you on the ground of the fortification. Built upon the wasteland of the former Moorish fortress, the Concepci&oacut...Read more
  10. Museo Nacional De Arqueologia Subacuatica

    Museum, Archaeological Site

    A completely unique and fascinating museum, the Museo Nacional de Arqueologia Subacuatica is dedicated to underwater archaeology. On display are details regarding the work of underwater archaeologists, their findings and the maritime history of the Mediterranean Sea. Having interactive exhibitions, this museum is a must visit while on your trip to Cartagena.
  11. Conception Castle

    4.3 (604 Votes)
    Conception Castle

    Museum, Outdoors, View Point, Observatory

    Situated on a hillock overlooking the port and harbour, the Castillo de la Concepcion, aka Castillo de los Patos is a 12th century fortress which offers spectacular views of Cartagena. The beautifully laid out lawns and gardens of the castle are home to peacocks and fowls. Within the Castle is a museum which has exhibitions on the history of Cartagena with its Roman and Moorish ancestry. A cont...Read more
  12. Bateria De Castillitos

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    Bateria De Castillitos

    Castle, Archaeological Site , Hill

    After a ride full of twists and turns, when you finally reach the Bateria de Castillitos, it is a revelation! Castillitos is situated at an altitude of 250 meters, and its facade was built out like an castle medieval following a historicist style with influences of eclecticism and modernism. Home to 3 large cannons, the castle was built as a military defence structure and is fairly new. While t...Read more
  13. Museo Naval De Cartagena

    4.5 (200 Votes)
    Museo Naval De Cartagena

    Educational Site

    Situated within the Cuartel de Instruccion (a training institute for young marines from 1946 to 1999), the Museo Naval or the Naval Museum has on display information and artefacts pertaining to the marine defence of the area. Exhibits include displays of marine life- from how the vessels are constructed to naval uniforms and flags to artillery to actual submarines.
  14. Meson El Galeon

    3.6 (4 Votes)
    Meson El Galeon Image
    Overview of Mesón El Galeón Check out detailed information of Mesón El Galeón which resides in the Cartagena. If you have enough time to explore the interiors of the city, you will pass by Mesón El Galeón. Home to bountiful attractions like...Read more
  15. Ascensor Panoramico

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    Ascensor Panoramico Image
    Overview of Ascensor Panorámico Walking past the city of Cartagena, you will come across Ascensor Panorámico. Although listed here, Ascensor Panorámico is not one of the most visited sightseeing places in Cartagena. Top attractions of Cartagena worth your visit include Roman Theatre Museum, Cartagena Cathedral, Mu...Read more