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 Peral Submarine is now displayed along the Cartagena sea front.
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 beautiful architecture.