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Cartagena is one of Spain’s oldest cities, and still of major maritime
importance to Spain, both commercially and militarily. A multitude of
civilisations have left their mark on the city as numerous
archaeological sites and museums will testify. In the heart of the city
is a modern shopping area, which spills down past the tapas bars to
the recently revitalised harbour. Here you will find the world’s oldest
submarine on display, built in 1884 by a local man, Isaac Peral.
The ancient seaport of Cartagena, where the Spanish Armada
sailed from, is one of the world’s most fascinating cities with a
history dating back more than 3000 years. A wealth of history and
If you explore the port area you will find a mixture of old and new.
You must see the Naval Headquarters, Artillery Headquarters,
Dockyard Gate and the Midshipman School. It has a lovely
promenade with restaurants galore. Also there is a shopping
centre, with a El Corte Inglés department store.
Its Roman history can be seen in the Amphitheatre, the Augusteum,
the Roman Theatre, the Colonnade de la morería baja.
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