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, 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, to finally go on top of the tallest of the hills which the city was built over in ancient times, for you to enjoy stunning views of the harbor and old quarter, while getting 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 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, in order 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 finished by the Old Town and main shopping and bar area, for you to enjoy a well deserved refreshment or coffee, if that is your wish .
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Deep in the heart of Cartagena is to be found an archaeological site like no other that shows baths, temples and original roman dwellings, including completely unusual 4 meter tall walls with frescoes still hanging from them; its wealth is such that specialists call it the Spanish Pompeii, although its real name is the ‘Roman Forum District’, as these remains lied just beside the main open public space of those ancient times. The site has recently been expanded with the opening of a brand new museum meant to exhibit every artefact found there, instantly becoming a must for visitors.
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 Roman 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; by its first floor there is a really nice bar where tour will be ended by enjoying a drink.