Cartagena attracts people from across Europe, who are seeking a historic location with a great climate and a beautiful coastline.

The city has a wealth of ancient buildings, including the Castillo de la Concepción, famous for its panoramic views, and the 13th century cathedral, built with Roman masonry from a local amphitheatre.

Old meets new in Cartegena’s oldest square, Plaza Trinidad. A giant cinema screen is set up so that fans can watch their football while they enjoy a meal or a drink from one of the bars or restaurants in the square.

Cartagena is ideally located close to San Javier Airport, the lively resorts of La Manga and the serene waters of Mar Menor.

The town has four fantastic beaches that have been awarded the coveted Blue Flag including Mar del Cristal and Levante Cabo de Palos beaches.

Most of these beaches have great sports facilities from volleyball on the beach to windsurfing out at sea. They also have areas that can be easily accessed by anyone in a wheelchair, so everyone can enjoy a day on the beach.

The nearby saltwater lagoon of Mar Menor is a real attraction if you love beach life. You won’t find the crashing waves of the Med, just still mineral-rich waters, ideal for swimming or just floating away all your stress.

Mar Menor

Mar Menor, or the little sea, is Europe’s largest and most spectacular saltwater lagoon. Home to migratory birds, including dramatic pink flamingoes, it has been popular since Roman times.

For centuries people have come here to float in the warm temperatures of the lagoon and to reap the benefits of the therapeutic properties of the mud, known to be effective at treating arthritis and rheumatism as well as being fantastic for the skin.