Exploring Cartagena by Foot
We woke up pretty early for our tour of Cartagena. Our meeting time was at 7:45am so we got up at 5:45am and at 7:45 it was still dark out! Haha poor us, just kidding. We left the cruise ship with our group and boarded a bus into the city.
It was great being up this early since it was not crowded with other tourists yet.
We started our tour on foot after a short shuttle bus into the town of Cartagena. Our tour guide was really nice and did a great job leading us around and telling us a bit about the history of each place.
We walked to a Roman Theatre that was only discovered in 1988.
|Church attached to the Roman Theatre. It never had a bishop so it is not a Cathedral.|
The old Roman theatre was amazing to see. It's hard to believe this was all buried until recently.
We left the Roman Theatre and headed back into town to see some more of what Cartagena has to offer.
Our tour guide told us a bit about the modernist architecture of Cartagena and how the town had a lot of rich families because of different mines in the region.
The streets are narrow so you have to look up to see the cool buildings. Most of these were family homes of the families rich off of silver and lead mines.
This is a old hotel that is now a bank. The Gran Hotel.
These are some of the Roman archaeological remains.
We ran into a herd of cats. The tour guide seemed surprised. She said she didn't know why there was so many cats around here. Maybe the cats are as interested in archaeology as we are.
This next building was built as a family's house, then it became the communist party headquarters but now it is currently a bank.
We headed up the panoramic lift to get to a good viewpoint of the city.
Colosseum built by the Romans.
Moorish remains near the base of the Castle of Conception. The Castle was built over a Moorish Alcazar.
We got another view of the Roman Theatre. The Cartagena Cathedral attached to it was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War but they are going to restore it.
Cartagena is an important strategic location for the Spanish Army/Navy. See all the surrounding moutains?
We left the amazing view points and went back into the town.
Our tour guide gave us some free time to look around town and we ended up getting a bit lost and didn't make it back in time to meet up with our group.
Luckily we were able to ask where the shuttle buses for the ship were and find our way back to the ship. Our guide was no where to be found by the time we made it back to the meeting point.
Cartagena was a great little city to visit and we were impressed by all of the beautiful architecture, the surroundings and the Roman archaeological sites. It is definitely worth checking out when you go to Spain.
Thank you for reading. If you enjoyed this post and want to see more Roman Empire relics, check out our post on "Rome on Your Own"