Walking through History: A Hiking Route in Cartagena
We propose a trekking route that perfectly combines nature and history. The landscapes that will open up to your feet will be of a wild beauty capable only of competing with the geopolitical interest that the place once had.
Día 119hStart point1Day 19:00hStart point
Our route starts, as we already mentioned, from the so-called Muelle de la Curra in Cartagena. In this place you can park your vehicle as there is a public parking and completely free, and begin your walk.
9hGreen lighthouse2Day 19:30hGreen lighthouse
First I suggest you take a look at the pier itself. There you will find a lighthouse that everyone in Cartagena knows as the "green lighthouse" because of the colour of its dome. The construction of the lighthouse dates from the 19th century and its objective is none other than to help boats avoid a large underwater slab of almost 10,000 cubic metres that caused serious problems at that time for the boats that entered the port. As a curiosity, we would like to point out that the lighthouse is a cylindrical tower 12 metres high and has a range of 5 nautical miles.
10hSan Leandro Battery3Day 110:00hSan Leandro Battery
From the lighthouse, and going back just a couple of meters, you can also see the San Leandro Battery. This is a military site that dates back to the 18th century, although with later modifications. The building, now in a state of ruin, played a very important role during the Spanish Civil War.
12hWalk through the Vía crucis al Calvario4Day 112:00hWalk through the Vía crucis al Calvario
Now we start. Take your steps towards the abandoned factory "Peñarroya". It was a lead smelting factory. From there, lead them to the Samson crane roundabout. Once there, continue to the next roundabout and take Sánchez Meca Avenue, without leaving it, as it will become the Via Crucis to Calvary. Be careful because as the word Calvary says, the slope brings them and the climb is quite hard. The first peak of our trekking route in Cartagena. Now, from there you will feel like the masters of the world, as this small mountain located southeast of the city of Cartagena and called Cerro de San Juan, presents with its 221 meters high, incredible views over the port of Cartagena, the Sierra de Fausilla (with its military batteries of the Aguilones and Conejos), etc.
14hGeneral Ordoñez's Battery5Day 114:00 hGeneral Ordoñez's Battery
The path will take you to General Ordoñez's Battery. This is a military base that was built in 1898, when Spain fought the US over the Cuban war, a war from which we literally ran away and from which we have that saying of ours "more was lost in the war". Only a trace remains of this military base. That is why we propose to continue advancing until we reach the next point of interest: the San Julián Castle.
15hCastle of San Julián6Day 115:00hCastle of San Julián
A new stop on our hiking route through Cartagena: the Castle of San Julián. At this point you will be at an altitude of about 300 meters above sea level, so the views will not be negligible either. In addition, you will have the feeling of having gone back in time due to the state of conservation of the building.
- San Julián Castle is a fortification built in the 18th century, so called because it is located on the San Julián mountain, from which it takes its name. Its construction is due to the need to protect the city of Cartagena from there during the brief Austracist occupation that the city had in the framework of the so-called War of the Spanish Succession. After the end of the war, the castle was used to protect the city's port. Possibly, one of the most terrible moments in the history of the building was during the second republic and the civil war, when it was used as a military prison.
17hTowards Cala Cortina Beach7Day 117:00hTowards Cala Cortina Beach
The idea we propose is to go down the zigzagging path that will take you along the south side of the hill to the high Trincabotijas battery. This is the first of the two defensive sites we will see. This battery was built towards the end of the 19th century to defend the port of Cartagena during the so-called War of the Canton. Soon, and in spite of the reforms undertaken, it would become obsolete. Before reaching the second battery, the Trincabotijas low battery, we will arrive at the so-called Mirador de Trincabotijas, from where we will have a privileged view of the coast of Cartagena.
we continue our descent, we will arrive at the low Trincabotijas battery. This artillery site has the peculiarity of being one of the oldest in Cartagena, dating back to the 17th century, although its current appearance is due to the reform of the 1860s. Next to the artillery fortification of Trincabotijas bajas, you will find some yellow cement stairs. Always take the right side of the stairs (northeast direction) and it will take you to Cala Cortina beach.
18hThe end of the trekking route through Cartagena8Day 118:00hThe end of the trekking route through Cartagena
Cala Cortina also has a small promenade that will be a convenient end to our walking route. Moreover, while we have just covered the last few metres, we will have some elements before us worth seeing: the Batería de Santa Ana and the Baterías de San Isidoro and Santa Florentina.
Before you travel
*Estimated time: 5 hours approximately. We recommend hiking in the morning.