Cartagena is a history buff’s dream. Situated in the southeastern corner of Spain, in the province of Murcia, the town may be relatively small, but it is home to 12 museums, 10 buildings of interest, four churches, and many monuments. Cartagena also has one of the most fascinating histories in all of Spain, being inhabited by a number of great civilizations and cultures. Dating back to Roman history, the beautiful city centre has marble streets and art nouveau buildings, modernist architecture, amazing food and sites you won’t see in Andalucia, Barcelona or the rest of Spain. Cartagena is one of the fabulous hidden gems of Europe that everyone should definitely make an effort to visit.
Why Book Student Accommodation in Cartagena?
With its subtropical Mediterranean climate, Cartagena is sunny almost every day of the year with an average annual temperature of 20°C. You will get to enjoy the amazing beaches, the coves, and the sandbanks. Another thing you’ll get to enjoy is the delicious food, the famous “tapas”, and finish with an “asiático”, the typical coffee of Cartagena.
The city is also home to Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, which offers a mix of modernity and tradition that gives the university an innovative and dynamic essence. It has developed alliances with over 178 European universities since its foundation and is continuously making an effort to satisfy foreign students’ needs in order to make their stay in the region a positive experience.
Universities in Cartagena
Casita’s accommodation options are within walking distance to the university.
More than 4 bus stops surround the campus; Bus Stop L10 is just a 5-minute walk away.
Augusteum is just a 5-minute walk away; the Historical Military Museum of Cartagena is an 8-minute walk away.
What's it like to live in Cartagena?
Cartagena is a good city to live in, as it's quite a well-balanced city. It's a city full of history and industry. There's little traffic so you can use a car, you've got various hospitals and shopping centres, good links to the region's capital, Murcia, by train and bus, and San Javier airport is approximately 20km away. The city also has both mountains and beaches.
Must-Visit Places in Cartagena
With one of the world’s great natural harbours and rich mineral mines, Cartagena has been a prized location for millennia. The Carthaginians played a big role in its evolution as an ancient trading hub in the 3rd century BC before it was conquered by the Romans. Of all the marvellous Roman landmarks in Cartagena, the 2,000-year-old theatre should be your first to see. It was discovered as recently as 1988 beneath the ruins of the Old Cathedral, which had been destroyed during shelling in the Spanish Civil War. About two-thirds of the theatre’s building material was still on-site, which made possible the very detailed restoration you can see now.
ARQUA, Marine Archaeology Museum is set in one of the western Mediterranean’s great ancient harbours, where new finds are made almost every year. ARQUA is a national centre for marine archaeology; a place where you can see remarkable historical artefacts from underwater sites, but also a research facility for experts and scholars in the field.
Another amazing place is Palacio Consistoria. One of Cartagena’s most impressive modernist wonders, the 100-year-old town hall on Plaza del Ayuntamiento was a response to the mining boom in the late-19th century, as Cartagena had outgrown its former town hall. If you get a closer look, you’ll even be able to see a few bullet holes from the Civil War.
Furthest north of Cartagena’s ancient sites you will find a late-Roman necropolis, which was set on the shore of an ancient lagoon that has since disappeared. The Municipal Archaeology Museum set there is an enthralling site, because it contains some of the latest evidence of Roman settlement, dating from 300 to 700 AD, a time of transition to Christianity. The museum has plenty of items excavated from this site, but has also gathered a wealth of artefacts from around Cartagena.
Transportation in Cartagena
Cartagena is very small in size, you will be able to get anywhere you would like to go on foot. However, buses are also available for when you want to hop on one. Municipal buses are subcontracted to ALSA.
Nearby Student Accommodation In Spain
Besides having facilities for student accommodation in Cartagena, Casita offers student accommodation in other cities in Spain as well. Some of these cities are: