Sunday morning I watched a report about Cartagena (Murcia) and actually I was there visiting this summer. I pretty much liked the city, although I hadn’t ever been in Murcia and I never paid too much attention to that region of Spain.
Cartagena was an important Roman city: “Cartago Nova”, because it was placed in a strategic point in the South-East part of Spain, ideal for trade with other Mediterranean regions, even embracing different continents. There are proofs of commercial activity since 6th century.
The most important thing in the city is its port, actually the most profitable in Spain. It has all kind of boats: fishing, military, oil tanker, gas transport… (this type of energy is
distributed throughout Spain), and lately with more importance: cruises (Cartagena has become an important touristic city). In addition, boats are made too and the port has been growing to accommodate all of the waterway traffic.
On the other hand, there is another thing I should emphazise: its submarines. There, it is the prototype with electrical propulsion made by the Spanish Army and designed by Isaac Peral. It is shown in a square in downtown.