Tourist information


Arqua Museum

imagen1The National Museum of Underwater Archaeology, ARQUA is the institution responsible for raising public awareness of the Underwater Cultural Heritage of Spain, promoting its conservation, and thus enhancing its use and enjoyment. Its objectives are the study, evaluation, research, conservation, promotion and protection of Spain’s Underwater Cultural Heritage. These tasks are carried out jointly with the various local governments of the Autonomous Regions and their research centres, and with the member states signatories of the UNESCO Convention. ARQUA is also the home of the Permanent Observatory of the National Plan for the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage.

The permanent exhibition invites visitors to immerse themselves in Underwater Cultural Heritage and to travel through our history from the Mare Hibericum. It uses attractive graphics, audiovisuals, recreated scenes, interactive and controllable displays all of which encourage learning through experimentation. It also includes two specific spaces: one dedicated to naval construction and navigation; the other, to the shipwrecks and ports of the Mediterranean. The exit from the exhibition is a window on the virtual world of Underwater Archaeology and a call for everybody to join in protecting Spanish Underwater Cultural Heritage.

imagen2National Museum of Underwater Archaeology
Paseo del Muelle Alfonso XII nº 22
30202 Cartagena (Murcia)
Phone: (+34) 968 12 11 66
Fax: (+34) 968 52 96 92
Web: www.museoarqua.mcu.es


The Manga of Mar Menor

The Manga is one of the symbol of the murcien litoral as tourist enclave: a vast fringe of 24 km from Cabo de Palos to the Mojón Point, which puts the natural limits of the salty lagoon called Mar Menor. Originally, what is known as “Manga del Mar Menor was an opened bay on the Mediterranean Sea. Its extremities formed by volcanic rocks braked sand and sediments brought by sea currents, until to form a barrier of sand and vegetation, constituting two seas: Mediterranean and Menor.


City Council Palace

The City Council Palace of Cartagena, designed by the architect Tomás Rico Valarino, as known as the city hall, is one of the main buildings of the modern time of the city.

City Council Palace
Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 1
30201 Cartagena (Murcia)
Phone: (+34) 968 12 89 50
Web: www.cartagena.es/palacioconsistorial


Interpretation Centre of Defensive Architecture of Cartagena.Fort Christmas

Ctra. De La Algameca, Faro de Navidad
30202 Cartagena (Murcia)
Phone: (+34) 968 50 00 93
Web: www.cartagenapuertodeculturas.com


Interpretation Centre of the History Of Cartagena

Castillo de la Concepción-Parque Torres
30202 Cartagena (Murcia)
Phone: (+34) 968 50 00 93
Web: www.cartagenapuertodeculturas.com


Museums

MURAM – Regional Museum of Modern Art

Plaza de La Merced, 15 y 16
30310 Cartagena (Murcia)
Phone: (+34) 968 50 16 07
Fax: (+34) 968 52 37 34
Web: www.muram.es

Municipal Museum of Archaeology

C/ Ramón y Cajal nº 45
Phone: (+34) 968 53 90 27
E-mail: informacionmuseo@ayto-cartagena.es

Naval Museum of Cartagena

C/ Menéndez Pelayo, 8
30204 Cartagena (Murcia)
Phone: (+34) 968 12 71 38 / (+34) 968 52 87 31
Fax: (+34) 968 52 87 31
E-mail: museonavalcartagena@fn.mde.es

Artillery Museum

Plaza General López Pinto. Entrada por C/ San Juan s/n
30204 Cartagena (Murcia)
Phone: (+34) 968 50 13 00
Fax: (+34) 968 32 10 96
E-mail: museomilitar@wanadoo.es

Museum-Refuge of the Civil War

C/ Gisbert, nº 10
30204 Cartagena (Murcia)
Phone: (+34) 968 50 00 93

Museum Carmen Conde-Antonio Oliver

Calle Jacinto Benavente, 7
30203 Cartagena (Murcia)
Phone: (+34) 968 12 89 24
E-mail: carmenconde@ayto-cartagena.es


Monuments

Centre of Interpretation of Punic Wall

The Centre of interpretation of the Punic Wall supposes the recovery of the remains of the ancient Carthaginian wall (III century B.C.) situated at the entrance of the city, and is one of the scarce punic findings located in the Iberian peninsula. The remains discovered are 30 metres long and some parts are conserved courses of blocks about 3 metres high.

Together with the wall one can visit the remains of a funeral crypt belonging to the hermitage of Saint Joseph, built during the XVI and XVII centuries. In its plastered walls there can still be seen the paintings of the death dance which formed the pictorial programme of the crypt, paintings with a moral and educational function.

Both remains are found interlocked in one of the five hills which surround Cartagena, on the side of Mount Aletes, the actual hill of Saint Joseph, exactly where the isthmus of the ancient peninsula of the city was located.

Centre of Interpretation of Punic Wall

C/ San Diego, 25
30202 Cartagena (Murcia)
Phone: 968 50 00 93
E-mail: informacion@puertoculturas.com
Web: www.cartagenapuertodeculturas.com

Panoramic Lift

Enjoy a whole new outlook on Cartagena with the panoramic lift. This 45-metre glass elevator offers unique views of the city and will take you up to the roof-top terrace of the Conception Castle.

Arsenal Door

It’s the unique door preserved from the antique wall of Cartagena, built in the XVIIIth century. In 1865 was overlaid a clock which underlined the importance of this access.


Castles and Fortresses

Conception Castle

Conception Castle is the best setting off point to know the city and get a general vision of it’s 3,000 year history.

The setting castle is situated in the Hill of the Conception, the highest mountain of the five which protect the city. It offers the best panoramic view of the city and it’s natural port. All within reach thanks to the panoramic lift that saves the height of the mount.

At the same time there is the Centre for interpretation of the History de Cartagena.

Conception Castle – Torres Park
30202 Cartagena (Murcia)
Phone: 968 50 00 93
E-mail: informacion@puertoculturas.com
Web: www.cartagenapuertodeculturas.com

Fort Christmas

Built in the middle of the XIX century, Fort Christmas was a fundamental element of the defence system of the Bay of Cartagena. Its origin was in the seventeenth century although the current building is from 1860, when it was included in the O’Donnell Plan, and was improved according to the advances and techniques of the time. Because of its position it crossed fired with the artillery battery of Santa Ana, which along with batteries of Trincabotijas and Podadera defended the harbour entrance.

Fort Christmas is now the Interpretation Centre of Defence Architecture of Cartagena and the Mediterranean. It provides an overview of the different defences that the port has had throughout its history, as well as helping us to known about the equipment and the everyday life in a fort such as this.

The old dormitories from this heritage are used to display pictures from the Photographic album of the forts and artillery batteries of the port of Cartagena in 1901, the original being found in the Royal Library of the Royal Palace of Madrid. This album was a gift from the city of Cartagena to King Alfonso XIII.

It is located next to the Christmas Faro (Christmas Lighthouse), on the right side of the Cartagena Bay. Access can be made by car or by the tourist boat which makes a stop at the fort.

Santa Elena Tower

The Santa Elena tower is 70 meters high. It was be used to shelter the fishermen and also as watchtower to warn the pirates’ attacks


Mining Park of La Unión

With a surface of 50.000 square meters, the Mining Park of La Unión is an important place for the protection of the mining heritage. His development as tourist and cultural site involves the protection of the mining instalations from the XIX and XXth centuries which allow the discovery in situ of the complete process of the old underground mining industry, from the extraction of the mineral, at the obtaining of the metal in foundries. You will also discover how lived and worked the miners in the Sierra of Cartagena-La Unión, who bequeathed us this amaizing heritage.


Agrupa Vicenta Mine

imagen7It’s the main place of all the mining set, it’s the first and the unique underground mine of the Region of Murcia which is open to the public.

It was used as pyrite extraction mine from 1869 to the middle of the XXth century. With her 80 meters deep and the 4.000m2 of surface, the Agrupa Vicente Mine is one of the most spectacular mine of Europe, where you will discover its amaizing spaces and its inner lake.

Mining Park of La Unión and Agrupa Vicenta Mine

imagen8Ctra. del 33, s/n
30360 La Unión
Phone: +34 968 00 21 40
Reservas: +34 902 520014
Web: www.parqueminerodelaunion.es