Just back from another magical weekend in Cartagena with new friends and memories. It all started with me attending a magic school at a youth organization, then it was the final stage of the MedCup Circuit with a lot of people and events, combined with a rave to early morning. But the highlight in Cartagena was without a doubt the Carthaginians and Romans festival. This event is hold on a yearly basis and celebrates the creation of the city at 223 BC and events from then to when the Romans took the city from the Carthaginians at 210 BC. The festival lasts for 10 days and every night there are thousands of local people dressed in costumes from that period, together with a lot of different events like reenactment of battles and people marching through town. On top of all the events a whole new fiesta area is built near the stadium just for the week together with a botellon where people in all ages (too young sadly) are allowed to drink themselves crazy without police interference.
Cartagena is a really beautiful Spanish town with a lot of traces of it’s role as a seaport and naval base. Here the first Peral Submarine was invented in 1888 by Isaac Peral and you can still see the submarine in the port. Besides all the naval buildings in the center there are also a lot of remains from buildings built for protection in the surrounding beautiful mountains, along with views and caves which makes it perfect for trekking (which I will do next weekend).
For more information about this event, check out www.cartaginesesyromanos.es
MedCup Circuit boats in the harbor in the evening after the race
A military ship and a mountain fortress in the background
Another military fortress and a cave. In one of Cartagena's caves human remains was found, dating back more than 10 000 years.
In one of the fortress in Cartagena (not this one) there were 8 cannons placed out, being able to all shoot at the same time
A normal sight in Cartagena last week
More Romans waiting to be part of a outdoor theater show
Fish statue and naval base in the background, where ships and submarines are manufactured and repaired
Cartagena's bus station with light house design