A to Z Ports: Cartagena, Spain
The sail-in / out for Cartagena, Spain is beautiful and gives you an understanding of why this port is so important to Spain. It is large, deep and much protected. The hills surrounding it have several fortresses that blend into the rocky landscape and, while they may look worn-down, are still partially in use to protect the harbour.
Because this is a deep harbour, all sizes of ships are able to dock very close to the city centre – just walk off the ship!
Along the pier, you will find restaurants, a nautical museum and a harbour tour. If you cross the boulevard, there is a tourist office that can sell a number of package tickets, including a hop on, hop off bus. The bus can give you an understanding pf the city’s layout and a stop to the elevator that takes to you a castle that overlooks the entire city and harbour.
You can easily walk to the entrance to the Roman theatre and a city centre. The museum is usually closed on Mondays, however both times I docked, it was supposed to be closed, yet it opened just a little latter than the posted time because there was a ship in port.
I love how easy this port is to navigate and find your way around. It is not crowded and the people are amazing. It has become one of my favourite ports of call.
Here is my previous posts about Cartagena.
After the heat and dodging marathon racers in Valencia, I was looking forward to an easier port of call. Cartagena proved to be just that! The Braemar docked right next to a small habour and wide boulevard that gave easy access to the city.
Directly across from the harbour is a monument to fighters last in the battle at Santiago de Cuba, along with several statues leading into the main city.
As you walk into the plaza, the Museo Teatromano de Cartagena provides an entrance to the Roman Theatre. It is a nice museum that includes several different rooms and a series of escalators to bring you to the theatre.
Besides the Roman theatre, Cartagena has a number of archeolgical sites. It also has a number of walls and fortifications that protect its natural harbour. It is easy to walk and there is a hop on, hop off bus as well as a harbour tours boat. Along the harbour, there are cafes, which makes this a very easy and pleasant port to visit.
Here are some of the sights of the city.
Our sail-away was spectacular. This is the only way to see the series of fortresses that guard the harbour. We also had fun with a small boat that had photographers from the ship sailing around the Braemar taking pictures of us– taking pictures of them!
I have lots of stories and photos to share about my latest cruising adventure. As I posted earlier, it was a cruise where the passengers choose which ports we would visit. So, where did we go? Here is an overview of the cruise:
From Southampton, we sailed 530 nautical miles to Leixoes, Portugal and a visit to Oporto.
Next, we sailed 521 nautical miles to Malaga, Spain
After another 530 nautical miles, we visited Barcelona!
Another 182 nautical miles latter found us in Valencia.
And another 182 nautical miles brought us to Cartagena, Spain.
After 366 nautical miles, we arrived in Cadiz, Spain.
We sailed back up the Iberian Peninsula for another 522 nautical miles to La Coruna, Spain.
Then, we headed back another 368 nautical miles to Southampton. More detailed stories are coming about each of the ports as well as a bit about sailing on the Braemar. It was an amazing trip!