Cartagena is the main Seaport of the Murcia region. It has 214,000 inhabitants, ranking second in the Region. Cartagena concentrates an artistic legacy that summarizes almost three millennia of Spanish History, being inhabited by most great Mediterranean Empires that have conquered the Iberian Peninsula sometime. Cartagena is a city full of monuments, with many archaeological sites and outstanding buildings of historical interest, together with the charm of the sea and the typical bustle of a port city. Dirty and very polluted in the past (due to the nearby Refinery), the new redevelopments (like the initiative "Cartagena, Port of Culture") and restorations have turned it into a major tourist destination, and is a frequent disembarkation point for numerous cruises. Its wide municipal territory also include part of the famous holiday resort La Manga del Mar Menor, part of the Mar Menor coast and several protected areas of natural beauty near the coast.
Cruise ships occasionally visit, and often can "deposit" passengers at a dock on the edge of downtown.
Shopping ranges from numerous, quality stores to an El Corte Ingles department store, most found on a pedestrianized avenue that begins at the harbor.
City center: - La Tartana, Puertas de Murcia. Mediterranean food. - La Tagliatella, Italian nice Restaurant, near of the Roman Theater. - La Mejillonera, Seafood and good fish. Calle Mayor. - Mare Nostrum, in the port. Mediterranean food. - Mesón Jamaica, Calle Canales. Mediterranean food. - La Marquesita, Plaza de Alcolea nº6, mediterranean food, too expensive but excellent food.
Near of city center: - El pincho de Castilla, Calle Angel Bruna. - Sacromonte, in "La Vaguada". Excelent food. (5 km from city center). - El Trovador, in "La Vaguada". (5 km from city center). - Alameda Tapas, Alameda San Antón. - La Vagoneta, Alameda San Antón. - El Rancho, cocina argentina. - La Sella, vegetarian food and good ambient.
If you are a Naturist there is a Naturist Family beach at El Portus some 12km southwest of Cartagena with a Family Naturist Camping site  where there are bungalows and apartments to rent.