Port of Cartagena

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Cartagena, Spain’s best kept secret!

Cartagena is one of the most important military ports of Spain since roman times. The expansion and development of the Cruise Terminal carried out in 2017, has provided a 4,500m2 berth that is 700m long and 12m deep, allowing two vessels to berth simultaneously. The Terminal features rest and shade areas, information point, port police and civil guard centers and a bus and taxi parking area.

Many civilizations have settled in Cartagena leaving behind 3,000 years of history: the Punic Cartagena founded around the year 229 BC; the mining riches which converted the city one of the most important colonies of the Roman period; the Arabs and the conquest for the “Castilla”; the military splendour of the XVIII century to its conversion into the Marine Department of the Mediterranean, and the XIX century, when Cartagena lived one of its most splendid time thanks to its industrialization and the important port traffic.

Brands: Cartagena, located in the southeast coast of Spain, offers 3,000 years of history together with a natural harbor, a 700m long cruise quay and all the necessary facilities for cruise passengers.


  • Unique Defense Military System
    Cartagena holds a rich military heritage, within the city and along the coast, that were used to protect the region since the 18th century, converting it to the Spanish Naval Base in Spain, thanks to its geographical location and excellent orography....

  • The city of Cartagena and its Arsenal became the Naval Base of the Spanish Navy in the Mediterranean during the 18th century. Dozens of fortifications were built to defend them, organizing them into three large systems of defense.

    A perimeter of ramparts enclosed the facilities of the shipyard for immediate protection, along with a battery to the port side. The second was a coastal defense system, made up of a series of batteries built at the mouth of the harbor. Finally, the land defense system dealt with the construction of town ramparts and several external forts on the main hills. These fortifications such as Galeras, Atalaya and Los Moros, which were declared Cultural Heritage Assets in 1987, managed to protect the arsenal and the city against possible attacks from outside. The majority have remained in service until the beginning of the 20th century. The city is working on including the rich military architecture and fortifications on the UNESCO’S World Heritage List.