The Morería district next to the Molinete archaeological park in Cartagena
The former Roman site was home to the “morisco” descendants of the Moors during the late Middle Ages The hill of Molinete is one of the five which stand on what was once the peninsula of Cartagena before the area to the north, previously a..

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The Muralla del Mar in Cartagena, part of the last defensive wall to surround the city
The last city wall of Cartagena was built on the orders of Carlos III Very few visitors to Cartagena will fail to be impressed by the huge wall which lies parallel to the seafront in the main port area close to the old centre, but few appreciate..

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Weekly markets in the municipality of Cartagena
Year-round and summer-only street markets in Cartagena Not all weekly markets are set in stone, and if they coincide with public holidays they may be cancelled or postponed. In addition, days can change, so if you're not sure a call to the relevant..

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OMITA Cartagena Town Hall office in La Puebla
The local Town Hall office for the Lentiscar area of Cartagena is in La Puebla The OMITA (Oficina Municipal de Información y Tramitación Administrativa) is a branch office of the Town Hall at which many administrative procedures such as those..

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Medical centre in La Puebla
The medical centre of La Puebla is also used by the population of El Carmolí The medical centre in La Puebla, which serves not only the population of the village but also the surrounding countryside and El Carmolí, is located just off Camino Los..

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Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, La Puebla
The church of La Puebla maintains the original façade The main parish church of La Puebla is the most important currently used religious building in the Lentiscar area of the municipality of Cartagena, but it has had a relatively short history...

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Sports facilities in Playa Paraíso (Playa Honda)
Tennis, paddle tennis, gym and football in Playa Paraíso and Playa Honda The residential area of Playa Paraíso, next to Playa Honda at the southern end of the Mar Menor, boasts a  municipal sports centre on Calle Himilce, which includes a climbing..

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Public health services in Playa Honda
Medical centre in Playa Honda on the shore of the Mar Menor NOTE: THIS CENTRE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. Patients from Playa Honda and Playa Paraíso are being re-directed to the Centro de Salud Costa Cálida on the Avenida Gran Vía de La Manga del Mar..

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The church of Playa Honda
An open-air church in Playa Honda on the shore of the Mar Menor The church of Playa Honda is a curious, modern, mostly open-air structure located just off the main Avenida Julieta Orbaiceta which runs diagonally through the development down to the..

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The history of the Lentiscar area of Cartagena
La Puebla, Los Beatos and El Carmolí are the main villages in this part of Cartagena The “diputación” (or administrative sub-division) of Lentiscar in Cartagena is one of the largest in the municipality in geographical terms, but one of the..

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The marina of Islas Menores
One of two marinas in Islas Menores and Mar de Cristal  The marina, or Puerto Deportivo, of Islas Menores, is located on a small headland named Punta de los Barracones, and contains mooring berths for 102 boats. In spring 2015 much-needed renovation..

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Medical care in Islas Menores and Mar de Cristal
The surgery in Islas Menores also serves Mar de Cristal The small medical centre of Islas Menores is located on the corner of Calle Islas Columbretes and Calle Isla Ízaro (see map), and the dispensing chemist’s is almost next door on Calle Isla..

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The marina of Mar de Cristal
The southernmost marina on the inland side of the Mar Menor The marina (or “puerto deportivo”) of Mar de Cristal is one of nine inside the Mar Menor, its nearest neighbours on either side in the southern part of the saltwater lagoon being those..

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Medical centre in Los Nietos
Public health care in Los Nietos The local Consultorio (or medical centre) of Los Nietos is located on the main RM-F54 road, Calle Lobarro, as it heads out towards Islas Menores in a south-easterly direction. The medical centre is at the corner..

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The church in Los Nietos (Mar Menor)
La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles in Los Nietos The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles is dedicated to the patron of Los Nietos, whose feast day of 2nd August is the centre of the town’s annual fiestas. It’s a small church..

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The marina of Los Nietos (Mar Menor)
Puerto Deportivo y Club Náutico Los Nietos The marina of Los Nietos provides over 400 mooring berths on the south-western shore of the Mar Menor, at coordinates 37º 39 17 N, 00º 47 05 W (UTM ED50-RE 50/92, X: 695650 Y: 4169718) (see map). The..

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Train services Los Nietos - La Unión - Cartagena
The journey between Los Nietos and Cartagena takes around 30 minutes The main railway station of Los Nietos marks the eastern end of the local FEVE line which runs between Cartagena and the Mar Menor, with approximately 15 services per day running..

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Church in Los Urrutias
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen, Los Urrutias The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen in Los Urrutias is a building of unusual appearance which, while obeying all of the usual rules regarding design and structure in the Region of Murcia..

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The marina of Los Urrutias
An island marina on the inland shore of the Mar Menor in Los Urrutias The marina of Los Urrutias, officially known as the Club de Regatas Mar Menor, contains 258 mooring berths for boats with a maximum length of 12 metres and draft of 2 metres...

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Medical services in Los Urrutias (Mar Menor)
Doctors surgery and chemists in Los Urrutias  The Region of Murcia’s health service runs a small and rather forlorn-looking medical centre by the sports pitches near the seafront on Calle Ramos Carratalá, next to the Neighbours’ Association..

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Social centres and neighbours association in Los Urrutias
Community centres in the Mar Menor town of Los Urrutias The Local Social and Neighbours Association in Los Urrutias are housed in a small building next to the municipal sports pitches and the medical centre on Calle Ramos Carratalá (see map). ..

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Municipal sports facilities in Los Urrutias
Football and basketball facilities next to the beach in Los Urrutias The municipal sports facilities in Los Urrutias consist of a five-a-side football pitch, a basketball court and a football pitch on rough ground behind the Local Social on Calle..

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Property in Los Urrutias and Estrella de Mar
Modern developments stand alongside the older town centre of Los Urrutias The town of Los Urrutias, on the western shore of the Mar Menor, grew into a popular summer destination for residents of the cities of Murcia and Cartagena and further afield..

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Estrella de Mar residential area in Los Urrutias
Chalets, townhouses and apartments in Estrella de Mar on the shore of the Mar Menor Estrella de Mar is a residential development just south of Los Urrutias on the western shore of the Mar Menor (see map) where the first streets were laid out in..

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Residential property in El Carmoli (Mar Menor)
The more modern properties lie higher up the mountainside in El Carmolí The small village of El Carmolí on the inland shore of the Mar Menor is not one of the Costa Cálida’s largest beach resorts, but the residential area which occupies the..

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Opening hours Cartagena museums throughout the year
Cartagena has a good selection of monuments and museums which can be visited in combination with exhibitions, trips out or concerts. The long and varied history of Cartagena has attracted a succession of different cultures, each leaving its own..

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Calblanque regional park
This is a good area for walking and also has several wild beaches The 1,882 hectares of Calblanque have been a protected nature reserve since 1987 in recognition of the fact that the area is one of the most typical of the coastline of the Region..

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Where is Los Nietos
Los Nietos falls within the administrative district of Rincón de San Ginés, Cartagena municipality Cartagena is a vast municipality, covering 558 square kilometres, the City of Cartagena and port at the heart of the municipality. For administrative..

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Plaza del Icue, Cartagena
This plaza is in the heart of the main Cartagena shopping streets This is a plaza in the heart of the shopping area of old Cartagena, and is easily recognisable as the plaza containing the “sculpture of the boy with the fish”, correctly known..

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Palacio Consistorial, Cartagena
Palacio Consistorial in Cartagena is also known as the Casa Consistorial Cartagena The Casa Consistorial, or Palacio Consistorial, is the building which houses the Town Hall of Cartagena. The modernist building was originally completed in 1907..

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El Batel, Auditorio y Centro de Congresos, Cartagena
Auditorium and Conference Centre El Batel in Cartagena  Tickets for performances at the El Batel Auditorio and Congress Centre in Cartagena are available from www.ticketmaster.es or directly from the auditorium. The Auditorio y Palacio de..

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Cartagena, The Molinete.
The District of the Roman Forum, the Molinete El Barrio del Foro Romana Much of Roman Cartagena lies buried beneath the modern city, but archaeologists have a very clear idea of the layout of the Roman city and the elements it would have contained..

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A history of Cartagena, part 1: from prehistory to the Argaric culture
The first pre-human remains in Cartagena are among the earliest in Europe at 1.3 million years old The history of Cartagena is a long and fascinating one, providing insights into the mix of cultural and racial influences over thousands of years..

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 A history of Cartagena, part 2: from the Iberians to the Romans
The identify of Cartagena is forged by successive cultures Cartagena may have been home to many pre-historic races and civilizations (see the first part of the local history), but it was in the first millennium BC that the first of the cultures..

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A history of Cartagena, part 3: from the 5th century to the 15th century
From the Visigoths and the Moors to the Reconquista and the  Catholic Monarchs By the fall of the Roman Empire in western Europe in 476 AD the city of Cartagena had lived through various periods of growth, wealth and splendor. The area had..

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A history of Cartagena, part 4: from the 16th century to the present day
The millennia-old city of Cartagena becomes one of the most important naval bases in Spain At the start of the 16th century in Spain there was, for the first time since the Reconquista began almost 300 years previously, a sense of national identity..

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Sinking of the Castillo de Olite
The worst naval catastrophe of the Spanish civil War. The story of the Castillo de Olite, sunk 1939, Cartagena It is generally agreed by historians that the final phase of the Civil War in Spain lasted from approximately December 1938 to April..

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Cartagena The Catedral Vieja de Santa María
Cartagena The Old Cathedral of Cartagena Cartagena Catedral Vieja de Santa María  Click for map; Catedral Vieja Cartagena ( shown on map behind La Catedral restaurant) Traditionally the Catedral Vieja de Santa María is considered to be..

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Tourist information office Cartagena Spain
Oficina de turismo de Cartagena Cartagena tourism information Where to find basic tourism information and information about historical sites and places to visit in Cartagena, Spain. Cartagena has a wealth of historical sites, including the..

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Cultural Centre Ramon Alonso Luzzy in Cartagena
Cultural Centres and Galleries in Cartagena, Spain, Centro Cultural Ramon Alonso Luzzy Biblioteca Centro Cultural Ramon Alonso Luzzy Calle Jacinto Benavente, 7 30203 Cartagena, Spain Tel: 968 128 858 Built in 1994, this building is..

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Cabo de Palos, visiting the lighthouse and marina area, a great ride out for bikers.
Where to go Mar Menor, walk up to the lighhouse at Cabo de Palos or enjoy an ice cream in the busy Marina. Cabo de Palos is a small peninsula which juts out into the Mediterranean sea, on one side stretching out along unspoilt coastline towards..

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Cartagena, Cenizas and Negrete Military Batteries
Cartagena Spain, The Cenizas Battery and Negrete Anti-aircraft Battery Cartagena military batteries   These are within a very short drive of the La Chapa Battery (click La Chapa) which is just down the road in the Bay of Portmán, so it is..

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The Punic Wall Interpretation Centre, Cartagena Spain
Centro de Interpretacion de la Muralla Punica, Cartagena This centre contains part of the remains of the original wall which encircled the city during the period before the Romans occupied the area, as well as a crypt which dates from nearly 1800..

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Cartagena, Museo Arqueologico Municipal, Archaeological Museum
Museo Arqueológico Municipal Enrique Escudero de Castro in Cartagena The archaeological museum is a fascinating place to visit as its actually constructed around the archaeological site of a burial necropolis which was in use for approximately..

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