If you have a fancy for ancient history, this city has much to offer, as it was first founded more than 2.200 years ago, even becoming an scenario for the end of the Second Punic War. Here you have 4 different options to enjoy it to the full.
Specially designed for those wanting to get to know the whole history of the Ancient period in Cartagena, the tour will begin by paying special attention to the founders of the city, Carthaginians, as you will be visiting their main remains preserved here, those belonging to the Punic Wall Site. By the way, did you know that this city actually was the starting point for Hannibal’s attack to Rome? Later on, you will behold the remains of the roman coliseum and, finally, you’ll be going up on top of the tallest of the hills which the city was built over in ancien times, for you to enjoy stunning views of the harbor and old quarters, and have a full explanation of the main sight in the city, the remains of the Roman Theatre, actually carved in the slope of the hill.
A tour gathering the main highlights in the city: route starts by its port, always considered the best natural harbour in the Western Mediterranean, then taking a panoramic lift to go on top of a hill from where you will enjoy stunning views of both Roman Theatre & Amphitheatre and old quarter. After descending to the city center, we will pass by the remains of the most important roman road from ancient times in Spain, the so-called Via Augusta, to finally get to the main street in town, to behold gorgeous-looking town-houses built by local mining tycoons in the late 19th century as a token of their wealth. Tour will be ended with a tasting of the locally famous coffee known as ‘Asiático’ in one of the most typical bars from the quarters.
In this tour you will be first visiting the remains of the porticus or main entrance to the Roman Theatre where, on top of getting a full explanation of the circumstances that led to the building of the monument, you will also be able to behold some amazing mosaics preserved in this underground site. Later on we will be heading for the most valuable site recently opened in the city, the so-called Roman Forum Neighbourhood, to enjoy impressive remains of the main roman street in the ancient Carthago-Nova, together with those belonging to the baths, a buiding for religious ritual banquets and those of the Roman Forum, the whole ensemble considered by the specialist only as important as the ones found in Pompeii. A tour completely run over flat ground.
During more than 2000 years, sandstone was the main building material in Cartagena for such iconic monuments as its Roman Theater or its 19th century Bullring, erected over the ancient coliseum, but very few people actually know that the original roman quarries are still standing in the outskirts of the city, quite forgotten but as impressive as ever. Tour will start by this spot, to later on drive down to the city to discover other architectural highlights also built with this material, such as the roman theater’s foundations, the already mentioned bullring and the only civil building in the quarters completely with it, as sandstone was used for this purpose up to the mid-20th century. By its first floor there is a really nice bar where tour will be ended by enjoying a drink.