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7 Terrific Tourist Attractions in Cartagena, Spain

7 Terrific Tourist Attractions in Cartagena, Spain

A joke from my childhood: a bull called Hannibal jumped over the fence and exclaimed that his name was now Hanni because he had lost his balls in the barbed wire. A pretty lame joke, all the more since my schoolmates used to tease me with it.

I knew that Hannibal the army commander (the one from the elephants) was associated with the Spanish city of Cartagena, but only recently I discovered the exact connection in the museum of the Punic Wall.

Apart from the Punic Wall, there are several other exquisite attractions in Cartagena. The city is only an hour’s drive from our house, so we visit this beautiful city often.

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2018.10.13 My first Astérix

I have a little headache. Today we went a day out with the nietos (our two grandsons) and our son. First we went to the Museo Nacional de Arqueología Subacuática in Cartagena. There are all kinds of interactive features and the boys loved it. After that, we went to the Centro Commercial Espacio Mediterráneo, which is … Read more

2018.08.14 Sierra Espuña

This is a pozo. It’s a pit where they used to produce ice during the winter. This pozo is one out of five we saw today at an altitude of 1400 meters near the highest mountain of the Parque Regional Sierra Espuña: the Morrón de Espuña (1583 meters). In winter, men from the surrounding villages came … Read more

2018.08.04 El Amor Brujo

Manuel de Falla y Matheu (1876-1946) was one of Spain’s most important composers of the first half of the twentieth century. His best-known composition is El Amor Brujo, which can roughly be translated as The Bewitched Love. At the Auditorio El Batel in Cartagena this evening we experienced El Amor Brujo as a ballet in a … Read more

2018.07.15 Empty passeo

This picture is taken on a Sunday morning at eleven o’clock on the paseo along the Puerto Deportivo of Cartagena. We’ve been on this paseo already several times and love it. But we’ve never seen it so empty. That it is so empty is not very obvious. The paseo is next to the city center. … Read more

2018.06.09 Greek temple in the mountains?

Most classical buildings are dating back to Classical Antiquity, the Renaissance, or the 19th-century eclectic revival. However, although you wouldn’t guess it, this building is not even a hundred years old. The construction started in 1933. The function is also hard to figure out without context: it’s an army barrack. They stored bullets here. Not … Read more

2018.06.08 Snake alert

One of our regular walks is from the house through the surrounding hills to the via verde. The via verde is a cycle path from Mazarrón to Totana and Cartagena. When we arrive at the via verde, we can either go to the left in the direction of the urbanization Country Club or to the … Read more

2018.06.02 Vessels and salt

Today we enjoyed our second guided tour, organized by the Tourist Office of Mazarrón. Again the subject was ancient history – the Phoenicians and the Romans – but this time in Puerto de Mazarrón. From our visit to the museum Arqva in Cartagena, we knew that the Phoenician boat that is displayed over there is … Read more