All of this week, the historic city of Cartagena is transformed to represent another time, another world, another and more sinister places, as the annual Romans against Carthaginians battle is recreated.
Cartagena has a history of three thousand years and, immediately as the summer comes to a close, the festival begins. To relive the history of the city, the Festival of Carthaginians and Romans evokes various official events from the Second Punic War: the causes of conflict between the Carthaginian and Roman powers, the beginning of the conflict and its outcome.
Cartagena is a unique city and one worth visiting any time of year, even with its modern military history, and an encyclopaedic past, it also offers a variety of shops, small and large, including El Corte Inglés, and a variety of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes.
If you haven´t visited yet, then this is perhaps the best time to do so, as this event is quite unique and offers an alternative to the Moors and Christians, Medieval markets and other such festivals offered in most places.
The events run for a whole week, but as we get towards the weekend, the action gets even more intense. A full guide is available from the tourist information offices, but here are some of our highlights that we think fall into the “not to be missed” category.
Thursday 25th September – 20:00, Carthaginian Navy landings. 22:00, Hannibal Marchs to Rome. Plaza del Ayuntamiento, Mayor, Puerta de Murcia, del Carmen, Plaza de España, Alameda de San Anton, Soldado Rosique, Puente Carthago Nova to the Festival Camp.
Friday 26th September – 11:00, Battle in the Port. 17:00, Landing of the Roman Army. 18:15, Battle to conquer Qart-Hadast, Cuesta del Batel. 20:00, Victory at the Port followed by Military March of victory after the surrender of the city, Plaza del Ayuntamiento, Mayor, Puerta de Murcia, del Carmen, Plaza de España, Alameda de San Anton, Soldado Rosique, Puente Carthago Nova to the Festival Camp.
Saturday 27th September – 13:30, Tribute to the fallen Romans, Monumento Funerario Torreciega. 19:00, Parade of Troops and Legions. Plaza del Ayuntamiento, Mayor, Puerta de Murcia, del Carmen, Plaza de España, Alameda de San Anton, Soldado Rosique, Puente Carthago Nova to the Festival Camp.
Sunday 28th September – 18:00, Roman Circus at the Bullring. 21:00, Extinguish of the sacred fire. 21:30, Firework display at the Festival Camp.
You can also get more information from the dedicated website, which is www.cartaginesesyromanos.es, now, let battle commence.
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