Rental car route for Cartagena
Located in a strategic coastal enclave, Cartagena has been throughout history a military and conquest target for the Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs and Christians. This combination of cultures together with their naval and military character has given the city a very rich artistic and cultural heritage.
From the coast you can distinguish the Muralla del Mar, a defensive wall that delimits the old city, in the muelle de Navidad (Christmas Dock) you can find the National Museum for Marine Archaeology and next to it, the submarine designed by Isaac Peral.
The Naval Museum can be found in the border with the old town, with a large number of maps, sailing instruments and models of all kinds of boats.
Over the hill with the same name and inside the grounds of the Torres Park you can find the Castle of the Concepción or "Castle of the Ducks", which is now used as a centre for the interpretation of the history of Cartagena. In the park grounds we can also see the archaeological remains of the Lantern and a panoramic lift to access the castle which offers excellent views of the city.
The Roman Theatre, the Punic Walls, the colonnade of the Morería Baja or the Byzantine Walls are remains of a distant past, a past that is kept in the Local Archaeological Museum.
The modernist buildings are an example of a more recent past, the result of the wealth obtained with the mines. Some examples of these buildings are the Casino, the Grand Hotel, La Casa Llagostera or the Town Hall. We can admire these buildings walking through the streets around the Calle Mayor.
Outside the city, in the Punta del Cabo Tiñoso we can find the Battery of Castillitos, the biggest of all 18 batteries that can be found along the coast.