Cartagena, legislative capital of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, is a city with more than 3.000 years of history. It has 217.000 inhabitants distributed throughout a municipality of 558 km².
The climate of the area is defined as subtropical Mediterranean and its annual average temperature is about 20 ºC. Besides, the city has 315 days of sun a year.
Cartagena, opened to the Mediterranean Sea in the south, is set on five small hills known as: El Molinete, Monte Sacro, Monte de San José, Despeñaperros y Monte de la Concepción, which determined the fact that in antiquity the city was known as “Little Rome”.
The Iberian, Phoenician, Carthaginian and Roman influences from its past, among others, have left their marks upon the city´s physiognomy, impregnating it with historical corners, now open to the public thanks to the labour carried out by Port of Cultures, the tourist consortium of Cartagena.
Nowadays, this Punic, Roman, military and modernist city has a rich cultural, historical and archeological heritage and offers so many things to do and to see that it has become one of the most atractive destinations of the Mediterranean.
With more than 3000 years of history, Cartagena offers its visitors monumental examples of its splendorous historical past.
With more than 300 days of sun a year and an average temperature that goes up to 20 C. Cartagena is a perfect city to visit any time of year!
Cartagena is a medium size city where you can conveniently move walking or using public transport. Besides, the Convention Centre of the city, as well as the main hotels and tourist interest ponts, are concentrated in the heart of the old town, allowing meeting attendees to move without using private transport.
The gastronomy of Cartagena constitutes a good example of Mediteranean diet. Its specialities, among others, are fresh octopus, caldero, michirones and the famous Asiático, a coffee made with condensed milk and brandy.
Cartagena is surrounded by mountains and also possesses a varied coastline with long sandy beaches which makes the city ideal for active tourism activities.
Cultural visits to the main tourist interest points, such as Muralla Púnica, Fuerte de Navidad o Castillo de la Concepción.
In this activity, organized by Cartagena Convention Bureau, meeting attendants are provided by an itinerary of bars and restaurans for good tapas.
Sports and Adventure
Feasts and Festivals
The nearest airport is Murcia-San Javier, which is just 15 minutes from Cartagena. The international El Atlet Airport is an hour from Cartagena.
The Motorway and the Mediterranean Toll road Motorway (the A-7 and the AP-7) connect the City with all of the Mediterranean arc, as well as with Andalucía and Barcelona. Cartagena is linked with the interior of the peninsular via the A-30 (The Murcian Motorway) and the A-3 (The Eastern Motorway).
The city is connected by rail with Velencia, Madrid and Barcelona. There are daily train services to these cities. Cartagena is also linked with the Sierra Minera and the Mar Menor via a local narrow gauge service (FEVE). Theres´s also a nus service that connects Cartagena with the main Spanish cities.