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Best Hotels in Cartagena

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The Spanish port city of Cartagena is a vibrant, exciting place for a city break. Cartagena has a rich and fascinating history dating back two thousand years. Today, there is a wealth of new attractions for the visitor to enjoy, along with the city's historic sites. Whether your interest is in world-class museums designed by big-name architects, or people-watching at a port cafe, this extraordinary city really does have it all, particularly when you use Hotels.com to choose your Cartagena hotels. With Hotels.com you'll easily find the ideal Cartagena hotels, whether your aim is a romantic break in a characterful small Cartagena hotel or if you seek a modern hotel with deluxe accommodation. To make your choice easier, we always feature location maps and extensive images of each of the Cartagena hotels we offer.

What's Cartagena Like?

A tourist bus in the summer months takes visitors around the city, or you can take a boat tour around the deep water harbour. There is a well-signed self-guided walking tour of the historic city centre and bike hire is also available. There are 12 world-class museums to choose from. The ultra-modern Roman Theatre Museum, designed by renowned Pritzker Prize winner Rafael Moneo, focuses on remains that were only discovered in the 1980s. Moneo's design takes you on a journey you'll never forget. Take time to enjoy the park at the top. The Museum of Underwater Archaeology, known as ARQUA, is a must-see for anyone interested in shipwrecks and other finds from beneath the waves. Beach-lovers will want to make their way to Cala Cortina, a secluded cove with its own restaurant.

Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Cartagena

There are few better ways to mix with the locals than to see one of Cartagena Football Club's home games and to enjoy Spain's passion for football in a family-friendly atmosphere. When looking for lunch, choose the noisiest tapas bar you can. One tip is to look for the restaurant with a television set on, because that's where the locals will be. Be adventurous in choosing tapas. These are only small dishes, and if you don't like one, there's always another to try out. Remember that Cartagena, like the rest of Spain, observes a siesta every day. At Hotels.com our advice is to join in this tradition, taking a nap between 2pm and 5pm. You'll find that people eat their evening meal at around 10pm as a result. Always try a few words of Spanish from your phrase book. A little Spanish goes a long way.