19 January 2023

Excursions from Cartagena all year round

Although it is true that the Region of Murcia is known as one of the great summer holiday destinations on the Iberian Peninsula, the reality is that it is an area full of life even in the coldest months of the year. More and more tourists are choosing the region for their getaways in the colder months, attracted by the good weather and the wide range of activities and culture on offer.

The Region of Murcia, and in particular Cartagena, is in a privileged location that has made it enjoy great relevance throughout history. The sea has been, since its foundation by the Phoenicians, a key element for the evolution of the area.

Another key element for Cartagena has been the richness of the Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, which already made Cartagena famous during Roman times and which became one of its driving forces until well into the 20th century. It is precisely the contrast of this mountainous geography combined with the wide beaches of the coast that has made it an essential place to visit.

In recent years, excursions from Cartagena have become very popular, as they offer the possibility to get to know all aspects of the region and to get to know it in more depth, saying goodbye to the image of a summer destination only.

It doesn't matter if you are visiting the region alone, as a couple, with friends or as a family. Cartagena has options for everyone to enjoy. Any time of the year is a good time to explore the past, the landscapes and the nature of Cartagena and its surroundings.

It is possible that until now the best known aspects of Cartagena and its surroundings have been its traditional Easter Week, its Roman past and the beaches which in summer welcome a multitude of national and foreign tourists. But there are many other places that you can, and should, get to know by going on an excursion in Cartagena during your visit.

We invite you to soak up its history, its culture, its life and its gastronomy through these excursions.

Discover the Roman remains of Cartagena

Although the city was founded by the Carthaginians in 227 BC, most of the remains that are preserved today of ancient Cartagena date from the Roman period. The privileged geographical location of the city made Carthago Nova one of the most important ports of the Roman Empire and, therefore, one of the most important cities in Hispania. A journey through the traces of history through the Roman remains of Cartagena will take us back several centuries and allow us to discover the importance of the city in the history of Roman civilisation.

These remains can now be visited in museums such as the Museum of the Roman Theatre of Cartagena, the Museum of the Forum and the Casa de la Fortuna. This excursion in Cartagena is an opportunity for the whole family to take a trip back in time and learn more about the city's fascinating past.

A date for golf lovers

The Cartagena and La Manga area has some of the best golf courses in Murcia, and in the whole of Spain. This, together with the mild climate that can be enjoyed even in winter, makes the area a reference point for golf lovers. If you are looking to spend a few days relaxing and enjoying your favourite sport, this is the place for you.

This is one of the excursions from Cartagena that you cannot miss. Just 25 minutes from the city is La Manga Club Resort, which has three internationally renowned courses designed and remodelled by great names such as Robert Dean Putman, Dave Thomas and Arnold Palmer. Any of the resort's golf courses are considered by many players to be among the best in Spain.

A perfect plan for those who want to enjoy a game with friends or as a couple. Even beginners have the opportunity to pick up the clubs for the first time and try their hand at the sport.

Discovering the Calblanque Natural Park

Discovering the richness of the Calblanque Nature Reserve is one of the most recommended excursions from Cartagena for the whole family. This small natural paradise combines steep cliffs, golden sands, fossil dunes and breathtaking views of the coastline of the Costa Cálida.

There are numerous hiking routes which can be consulted on the website of the Murcia Region Tourist Board so that you can choose the one that best suits your abilities. But there is also another possibility, to get to know the Calblanque Nature Reserve on horseback. A different way of getting in touch with nature, ideal for couples who enjoy a getaway.

Winter markets in Cartagena

Although it is true that this activity is traditionally associated with the summer season, the street markets in Cartagena and the surrounding area are alive all year round. In summer you can enjoy some of the most famous markets such as Cabo de Palos or Los Belones, where you can find the best of Murcia's market gardens and handicrafts. Autumn and winter give way to other markets in Cartagena, which are becoming increasingly famous.

From the beginning of December until Epiphany you can find the Christmas Craft Market in Cartagena, perfect for visiting with children. But if you are looking for something different, you can go to the Caravaca de la Cruz Medieval Market, which takes place every year at the beginning of December in the historic centre of the city. Finally, for those with a sweet tooth, there is the El Zacatín Market in Bullas, which is held on the first Sunday of every month throughout the year and where you can sample the best sweets.

Visit the D.O. Jumilla wineries

The wines of the D.O. Jumilla are among the most appreciated internationally, so if you are in Cartagena or the surrounding area, visiting one of its wineries with friends or your partner can be the ideal excursion in the colder months. A real luxury for wine lovers and for those who want to learn more about the product of this designation of origin.

Most of the Jumilla D.O. wineries offer visits to learn about the entire winemaking process, as well as wine tasting. But there are some that offer other more complete plans such as meals with special wine pairings or wine therapy treatments in their spas. This is undoubtedly one of the most worthwhile excursions in Cartagena in good company.

Sailing the Mar Menor and its islands

The Mar Menor has several islands in its interior, five to be more precise.  Isla Perdiguera, Isla del Barón or Isla Mayor, Isla del Sujeto, Isla Redonda or Rondela and Isla del Ciervo are well worth a short boat trip and, weather permitting, enjoy a swim in its waters.

These islands emerged in the Tertiary era and today they are protected landscapes due to their high ecological value. From any of the five islands you can enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in Spain, so if you are travelling as a couple we recommend that you don't miss the time. It is the perfect place to strengthen promises and consolidate love.