This pleasant excursion captures the natural beauty surrounding Cartagena and leaves time to explore the city, including its landmark castle.
Depart from the pier and while driving out of Cartagena enjoy a brief panoramic tour of the city, a wonderful blend of modernistic architecture and ancient ruins. Heading east, you'll soon pass La Manga Club Principe Felipe, one of Europe's most extraordinary golf complexes. At Cabo de Palos, a gray stone lighthouse that began operating in 1865, you'll stop for photos. The views here are absolutely spectacular, as the lighthouse sits on a rocky headland at the very tip of a thin strip of land that separates the Mediterranean Sea from the La Manga del Mar Menor, which is known as "The Sandbar of the Minor Sea."
Driving on to La Manga Cavana, you'll have approximately 45-minutes of free time for shopping or a snack before heading back to Cartagena. The city dates back to 227 B.C., when the Carthaginians founded it in an area surrounded by five hills so it was easier to defend. Still, over the centuries, the Romans, Visgoths and Muslims all conquered Cartagena, until a heavily fortified castle was built atop the highest of the hills.
After riding an elevator up to Conception Castle, you'll enjoy a superb panoramic view of Cartagena, its naturally sheltered port, and even an old bullring built over a Roman gladiator arena. You'll have plenty of time to wander about and drink in the views, before descending to elegant Calle Mayor, one of the city's finest thoroughfares for shopping and dining. Afterwards, you'll return to the pier.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops; however, it is a steep walk up to the elevator at Conception Castle. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.