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  1. Spain
  2. Region of Murcia
  3. Cartagena

Cartagena: Fortress of Navidad Sightseeing Cruise

Product ID: 69878
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On this delightful sightseeing cruise, you will also get to visit the Fortress of Navidad (Fuerte de Navidad). Built in the mid-nineteenth century, the fortress is a fundamental part of the defense system for the Bay of Cartagena
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Duration 2.5 hours
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Spanish, English
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  • Learn about the history of the Fortress of Navidad
  • See the views from the Bay of Cartagena
  • Access the fortress by boat
Full description
Built in the mid-nineteenth century, the origins of the Fortress of Navidad (Fuerte de Navidad) lies in the seventeenth century although the current building is from 1860. During the O'Donnel plan, the building improved in line with the technological developments during this time. Because of its position, fire was crossed with the battery of Santa Ana, along with the batteries of Podadera and Trincabotijas defending the harbor entrance.

Currently, the Fortress of Navidad is the Interpretation Center of the Defensive Architecture in Cartagena and the Mediterranean. It provides an overview of the different defenses that the port has had throughout its history, as well as information about what everyday life was like in a fortress of such nature.

The former dormitories of the establishment were used as an exhibition space to show photos of the forts and batteries of Cartagena Port, 1901. The original photo album is in the Royal Library of the Royal Palace in Madrid. This album was a gift from the city of Cartagena to King Alfonso XIII.

Next to the Lighthouse of Navidad (Faro de Navidad) is the right bank of the Bay of Cartagena. On this tour, the fortress will be accessed by a tourist boat making a stop at the fortress.
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What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Extra services
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet on the pedestrian square near Mare Nostrum Restaurant (white building with golden letters). After you have gone out of the cruise pier gate, you will find this meeting point location approximately 100 meters ahead. Address: Paseo Alfonso XII, 8G, 30202 Cartagena, Murcia, Spain.

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