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Culture in La Manga

Photo of Cartagena town hallIf you feel the need of some culture when staying in La Manga, then the city of Cartagena can provide this. A twenty minute drive from La Manga Club will take you to this bustling Spanish city.

One of the oldest port cities in Europe, Cartagena has strived to make the city a tourist-friendly location. Several cruise companies have Cartagena as a port of call and the marina area is worth a visit, with plenty of bars and restaurants.

Photo of the world's first submarineCartagena’s naval past can be explored by visiting the waterfront Marine Archaeology Museum and National Underwater Archeological Research, or by visiting the world's first submarine, designed and engineered by Isaac Peral and launched in 1888, also stationed by the harbour.

The city of Cartagena has a rich history and is steeped in Roman culture, with archaeological walks and sites well worth exploring. Throughout the old centre you can find museums with remains of Roman buildings. Several buildings pay homage to the work of Gaudi, and the city also plays host to many modern sculptures.

photo of the marina at CartagenaThe recently renovated Council Palace sits majestically by the harbour. This building, designed by Tomas Rico, is considered one of the most beautiful council buildings in Europe.

You might also want to spend a little time exploring the wealth of shops in the city, including a large El Corte Ingles. There are also plenty of opportunities to sample a wide range of tapas, temptingly displayed in numerous bars and restaurants.


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