Stephen & Anne
Thu 15 May 2008 23:33

37.35.813N 0.58.799W


Yesterday afternoon we started on the “tourist” bit and set off round Cartagena. As usual we were too early and things were not open after siesta. We did however get a feel for the place and realised that Cartagena has a long history and there are many ancient sites. We found the roman amphitheatre and a site they are still excavating.

As we were quite tired from our overnight sail we headed back to Wanda for an early night.


Thursday morning we were up bright and early to get a load of washing done before we headed out on the tourist trail once again. We went to the roman amphitheatre but were very disappointed that we could not get very far. We then realised there were two areas and for better views we needed to get into the castle grounds. We decided a trip to tourist information was required so off we headed. Just after we left the amphitheatre a lady accosted us to go into what looked like an art gallery, she told us it was free, so we headed in. It turned out that below the art gallery was the excavated remains of the entrance to the amphitheatre along with the most beautiful mosaic floor we have ever seen (unfortunately the photo’s didn’t come out). We arrived at tourist information just in time for the 5 minute silence they were having (we’re not sure what it was for) so after a short wait we got another map and a better idea of the “not to miss” sites of Cartagena. Stephen then went back to the boat leaving Anne to explore more and to find the supermarket.


After siesta we set off to find the castle (this time we didn’t leave the boat until well after 5pm). We went up the lift to the castle and took in the views including a submarine enter the bay. We then went for a walk round town. After a beer by the marina we treated ourselves to an Italian restaurant for dinner – yes we actually stayed out late to eat in Spain!

Back at the boat we let Koshka and Yoyo have a run about on deck in the late evening.


The roman amphitheatre


Roman amphitheatre from above


War memorial in Cartagena


View of the countryside surrounding Cartagenafrom the docks