City walk in Cartagena
Park your car in one of the following places: Plaza de Toros, Calle Dr. Fleming, Calle Adarve de Artilleria, Calle Pez, Calle Muralla del Mar. These streets are close together and you can usually find a place here.
We start at Plaza de Toros whose works started in 1853. It was built above the ruins of the ancient Roman Amphitheater. Step towards the sea. You arrive at the Paseo Alfonso XII and you go to the right. You walk along the sea wall or Muralla del Mar which was built for the Spanish King Charles III. The wall runs along the harbor and protects the old city center. The port was designated by Admiral Nelson as one of the safest ports in the Mediterranean. You continue to walk on the Paseo Alfonso XII. On your right you will come across the Plaza de los Heroes de Cavite. The monument to the heroes of Cavite and Santiago de Cuba (1923) was erected in honor of the Spanish sailors who died in 1898 during the wars in Cuba and the Philippines. A little further the Paseo Alfonso XII turns to the right. Follow the bend and take the first street on the right, Calle Delfin (which is rather a small alley between two buildings). You arrive at the Plaza Heroes de Cavite. Follow the Plaza Heroes de Cavite by going left. You will see the town hall on your left and the oficina de Turismo is on the corner. Keep going around this building and you will arrive at Plaza Ayuntamiento with on the left the Palacio Consistorial de Cartagena. At the end of Plaza Ayuntamiento you take Calle Mayor. This is the main street of the city where the modernist architectural style can be found in every portal and facade. You will find La Casa Cervantes, La Llagostera with their beautiful tiling and the Casino, an important meeting point in the city.
La Casa Cervantes is a modernist house built by Victor Beltri in 1900. The work on the Casa Cervantes made such a good impression that the architect received the Job Alluvium award from the Cartagenian bourgeoisie. The building is now owned by the Caja Mediterraneo, which has housed its auditorium and library.
La casa Llagostera is owned by the family of Catalan traders, named Llagostera and specialized in the textile industry. They belonged to the highest merchant class of the 20th century. It is a three-storey building whose ground floor was dedicated to the family business. The facade contained a lot of ceramic decoration. Currently, only the facade is still standing and this is being renovated.
The casino dates from the 18th century and first served as the palace of the Marques de Casa Tilly. The palace was abandoned in 1808 after the murder of her husband General Francisco de Borja. At the end of Calle Mayor you will arrive at Plaza San Sebastian.
Turn right and immediately enter Calle Aire. This street is parallel to the Calle Mayor. On the corner of this street is the Gran Hotel, which is nowadays used as a bank building. At the intersection with Calle San Miguel on the left is the Iglesia de Santa Maria de Gracia. It houses the Cuatro Santos, the four saints of the city. Keep going straight. The Calle Aire becomes Calle Cuesta de la Baronesa.
At the end you will come to the old cathedral, the Catedral Vieja, the oldest prayer house in the city. The exact age is not known. Everything indicates that the cathedral was built somewhere halfway the 12th century. Next to the Catedral Vieja is the Teatro Romano. This theater was discovered in 1987 and together with the Roman Theater of Merida is considered the most important in Spain. Turn right onto Calle Osario and walk behind the church and Roman theater. Keep walking around the theater until you reach Calle Cuesta de la Baronesa again. Turn right and immediately left into Calle canon. Take the first street on the left, Calle Principe de Vergare and keep following it. This will successively become Calle Gral. Ordonez, Calle Muralla del Mar. You keep walking a lot parallel to the sea until you come across a sign Parque Torres. You follow this sign. You reach the Castillo de la Conception when you go through the park or via the normal road. When you follow the road you come to a T-point, take the Plaza Puerta de la Villa on the right. Follow the further directions to the Castillo de la Concepcion. Walk back to Calle Muralla del Mar, turn left and immediately left again into Calle Gisbert. Keep going straight ahead until you reach Calle Duque. Turn right and on your left you will see Casa De La Fortuna, a Roman villa with decorative murals and objects that depict family life in the 1st century BC. Continue to follow Calle Duque. You pass Plaza de la Merced and you end up in Calle San Diego. On your left you will see la Muralla Punica, a building of glass and wood that houses the remains of the Punic Wall. Inside is a glass see-through floor and you have access to the crypt and the tombs in the rock walls.
Turn around as far as Plaza de la Merced, turn left just before Plaza de la Merced onto Calle Alto. If you follow this, you will come to Calle Literna from where you see the Plaza de Toros and you will be back at your car.
As described above this walk is 5.6 km long. The map below only shows the main lines.
kind of activity :
* Torrevieja : 58 km, 49 minutes
* Guardamar : 68 km, 59 minutes
* La Marina : 76 km, 66 minutes