Cartagena is still an important seaport and the Spanish Navy bases their Mediterranean fleet and activities in its port. The town also is also an important submarine base and shipyard, with immense underground caves built for Spanish submarines during the Second World War.
As we head into the city, we find tropical boulevards and sweeping views.
Boulevards and parks
We're here for the ruins and head up to the Roman Theatre Museum. Built between the 5th and 1st centuries BC, the ruins were hidden for several centuries and has now been excavated and restored, opening as a museum in 2008. The Roman Theatre contains seating for 6,000 people, with seats excavated out of rock and a stage over 43 meters (141 feet) in length.
Roman Theatre Museum
Molinette Hill park with work in progress
Beautiful stone sidewalks weave around old trees
From the hills, we get great views of the harbor
Views from the hills
And as we descend into the old town, we return to winding Mediterranean streets that lead back to the port and back to our ship.
Streets in old town
And, strolling through the area, greeting tourists