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History here runs deep, back to ancient Carthage. Along Cartagena's narrow streets you'll also find a mix of old churches, Baroque palaces, 19th-century mansions and Modernist architecture plus lively restaurants, cafes and bars.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Explore the remains of Cartagena's 13th century Cathedral of Santa Maria and the remarkable Roman Theatre discovered in 1987. The theatre dates from the 1st century BC and was once considered the finest in Spain. Items such as sculptures, reliefs and altar stones that were found at this site can be seen in the Municipal Archaeological Museum.
Spain is actually third in the world for per capita seafood and fish consumption. So you'll find plenty of both. For tapas, look for calamares fritos (fried squid), chopitos (baby octopi) and angulas (baby eels). With the abundant supply of salt from the Mediterranean, salted fish is common. For a tasty fish entrée, try Trucha a la Navarra (trout wrapped in or stuffed with bacon or ham). Looking for something sweet? Try the fig bread, a specialty of the region.
The Euro (EUR), the currency of the European Union, is the official currency of Spain. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember there is a Value-Added Tax included with most purchases
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