Cartagena is the main port of the Murcia region and an important Naval City. With almost three millennia of Spanish history, it is a city full of monuments, archaeological sites, interesting buildings and architecture and fascinating places to see, making it a place well worth visiting. The port area has been fully modernised and now offers an important disembarkation place for cruise ships. The famous holiday resort of La Manga del Mar Menor is within the municipality as is the beautiful scenic coastal area of the Calblanque National Park. Places to visit in the city include the Roman theatre which is the second largest in Spain and was only discovered in 1987, the military fortress, museums and cathedrals and modernist houses made by the pupils of the famous architect Gaudi, such as the Town Hall, Gran Hotel and Casino
The bustling city is full of walkways and plazas offering a host of restaurants, bars and Tapas eateries as well as places to sit and relax and watch the world go by or have a romantic evening meal, there really is something for everyone. The area boasts more award winning beaches than any other area in Spain and the calm waters and rocky coasts of the Costa Calida are an excellent place to go scuba diving. There are numerous facilities available to enjoy all kinds of water sports and activities. For Naturists, there is a Naturist Family beach at El Portus some 12km southwest of Cartagena along with a Family Naturist Camping site
Murcia City has an astonishing array of museums, art galleries and historically interesting buildings and architecture, so if you want a dose of culture, this is a good place to begin. Just one example is the Casino which has been carefully restored to its original glory, the building is a fabulous combination of historical design and opulence and provides a fascinating glimpse of past aristocratic grandeur. The impressive Basilica ( Cathedral ) which sits opposite the tourist office, makes a great starting point to explore the city.
The tourist office has a map of several interesting
walking routes to follow. Murcia is a city of Arab origin whose existence is
closely linked to the fertile lands around the river Segura. A visit to the
indoor city market, the Veronicas market is testament to this and a
worthwhile visit there will show the vast array of fresh local produce
available. Murcia has the largest out of town shopping complex in the
area, having 2 malls. The Nueva Condomina Mall is set over two floors. It
has shops throughout including the hugely popular Primark as well as some
small boutique-like outlets. Outside there are many large stores such as the
electrical giant Media Market and the DIY store Leroy Merlin. The Thader Mall
also has two stories of much the same stores. The mall is open air in style
and has a Ten Pin Bowling Alley. Close by to Murcia are the Terra Nature and
Aqua Natura Theme Parks where you can easily enjoy a whole day out.
San Pedro Del Pinatar Salt Lakes The most important wetlands in the Region
of Murcia are found here in San Pedro: the Parque Natural de Las Salinas y
Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar, with almost 900 hectares. It is an
important stopping point for migrating birds and a home to many native
breeds. Salt production from the
lakes dates back to Roman times and the rising white mountains are a
characteristic backdrop, along with the windmills which used to pump water
into the storage lagoons. The area is a great place for walking and cycling
next to the lakes and amongst areas of pine and dunes dotted with sea lilies,
sedges and reeds. At the end of the salt lakes are the beaches and the
marina – again a good place to walk around and also to stop for refreshments.
Close by at Lo Pagan dip into the warm shallow waters and enjoy the
therapeutic mud baths, the mud has been renowned from early times for its
healing powers. Alternatively there are several hotels
offering Spa and therapeutic treatments.