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Cartagena: Roman Theater, Forum, Castle and Panoramic Lift

1. Cartagena: Roman Theater, Forum, Castle and Panoramic Lift

Save money and visit 4 top museums and archaeological sites in Cartagena with this convenient combo ticket and optional audio guide. Get 1-time entry to the Roman Theater, Roman Forum Museum, Panoramic Lift, and Conception Castle and take advantage of transportation discounts. Start with any of the 4 attractions and get up to 15 days to visit each one after the first activation. Get exclusive discounts on tourist transports by simply showing your confirmation voucher at the tickets counter. Visit the Roman Theater Museum and journey into one of the most surprising discoveries of the city in recent decades. Marvel at the most important part of the site: the Roman Theater itself, one of the largest in Spain with a seating capacity of 7,000. Head to the Roman Forum Museum that stands at the entrance to one of the largest urban archaeological parks in Spain. Throughout its various halls, where a careful selection of pieces is exhibited, learn about the long history of the old Carthago Nova. Stroll through important remains of the glorious Roman era. Spot the Curia, or local senate, with its richly decorated marble pavement. See the Colonial Forum, the city’s neuralgic center, the distribution of which symbolized at various levels the hierarchy between the divine and the human. Visit the Sanctuary of Isis where the mystery cults of the Egyptian gods were celebrated, the old roads with cart tracks, and the port’s thermal baths and its magnificent entrance portico with its original flooring. Finish your visit to the Roman Forum Museum at the atrium building, with its high walls and pictorial decorations that transport you to the great banquets of the Roman Empire. Witness next the fortress of the Castillo de la Concepción (Conception Castle), one of the best points to discover the city and acquire an overview of its 3,000 years of history. Take in the best panoramic views of the city and its natural harbor atop the fortress, which is easily reached via the Panoramic Lift (included) to avoid having to walk up the hill.

Cartagena: Roman Forum Entrance Ticket

2. Cartagena: Roman Forum Entrance Ticket

Experience the Roman Forum in Cartagena, Spain, a museum that allows you to delve into the 19th- and 20-century histories of the Cerro del Molinete Archeological Park. Throughout its three floors, see a selection of the most significant pieces found in the excavations around the Forum, which includes the painting Apollo and the Muses, and many other famous works of art. Conclude the tour by viewing sites and remains from the glorious Roman era. There is the Colonial Forum, the Sanctuary of Isis, the port's thermal baths and ancient roads, and the Atrium House. Marvel at the beauty throughout this magnificent museum and be transported back to the Roman Empire.

Cartagena : Roman Theatre Museum Entry Ticket

3. Cartagena : Roman Theatre Museum Entry Ticket

Learn about the historical processes by which the Roman Theater in Cartagena was buried until its re-discovery. Step into the "Passageway of History” and learn about the development of the theater site dating back to the 1st century B.C. Find out how plays were performed during Roman times and the political implications of the Roman art world. See the remains of a Roman house with mosaic tiles, which was destroyed during the construction of the theater. Discover the history of Roman Spain with an entry ticket to the fascinating Roman theater in Cartagena.

Cartagena: Panoramic Double-Decker Bus Tour

4. Cartagena: Panoramic Double-Decker Bus Tour

Climb aboard a double-decker bus and go on a tour of Cartagena. The bus is equipped with a spoken explanation of the city’s highlights so you don’t miss any details. Enjoy the bus tour before stopping for an hour of free time to explore the city center and Cala Cortina beach. Ride through the old Cartagena and see its walls, buildings, and archaeological remains. Then, drive into the modern Cartagena, entering the commercial city center. Enjoy an hour of free time to explore your way. See city monuments and other places of interest as you stroll around. Take in views of the city’s waterfront and bay with its numerous “shore batteries.” If you’d like, head to the only urban beach in the city, Cala Cortina. At the end of the tour, head back to the meeting point.

Cartagena: Ancient Roman Walking Tour with Entry Tickets

5. Cartagena: Ancient Roman Walking Tour with Entry Tickets

Enjoy a trip back in time as you discover Cartagena’s Roman history on a 3-hour walking tour. Visit some of the city's most important Roman monuments and ruins, archeological sites, and buildings, stopping for a drink and a tapa along the way. Follow your guide through the city’s streets and along the Roman Route as you learn about the city's Roman history. Take in some of Cartagena’s stunning 19th and 20th-century buildings as well. During this complete city tour your guide will provide commentary on all of Cartagena’s emblematic sites.

Cartagena: Panoramic Lift & Conception Castle Entry Ticket

6. Cartagena: Panoramic Lift & Conception Castle Entry Ticket

Enjoy a hilltop castle from the Middle Ages along with city views, a history center & a panoramic lift in the center of the city of Cartagena. Set out on this journey through history from the Castillo de la Concepción. The medieval fortress of the Castillo de la Concepción is the best starting point to discover the city. The audio guides allow you to soak in the sight at your own pace. Acquire an overview of its 3,000 years of history. The Castillo de la Concepción stands on the hill of the same name, which has been home to a Roman temple dedicated to Asclepius, a Moorish fortress, a medieval castle, and a siren from the Civil War. Get panoramic views of the city and its natural harbor from the fortress. Get into the panoramic glass cabin to enjoy views of some of the most emblematic buildings of the city such as the remains of the Roman amphitheater with the superimposed Bullring or the military constructions of the 18th century, the Autopsy Pavilion, the Marina Hospital and the Antiguones Barracks. Reach the highest point of the Concepción Hill with the Panoramic Lift. Its 45 meters save the existing height between Gisbert Street and the top of the hill where the Torres Park and the Concepción Castle await you with the best views of the city and its bay. Admire the fishing port of Santa Lucía and the building of the Auditorium and Palacio de Congresos El Batel.

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4.6 / 5

based on 12 reviews

The experience was completely available to wheelchair users with the exception of some levels of the Roman theatre. Even the castle was totally accessible. The roman theatre and museum were amazing. We visited Cartagena on a Friday and a cruise ship had just spewed out it's passengers so the local bars and restaurants were very busy.

It was very easy to exchange the vouchers for tickets to the four venues. We started at the museum of the Roman theater. We enjoyed the lift ride to the top of the castle hill. It was a very enjoyable but very hot day, so we didn't walk to the forum. I recommend this foursome for a brief self-guided visit to Cartagena, Spain.

Our young guide was excellent Christina. Her walking pace was just right and she was knowledgeable. Pleasant and very conscious of her group members.

All great, very nice place, well distributed and then it ends with the theater view. Be aware the entrance is in the mayor square.

Easy to find very warm welcome Each site was exceptional