Then drive south to a legacy that embodies almost three millennia of Spanish history. The town of Cartagena has been inhabited by most great Mediterranean Empires that have conquered the Iberian Peninsula.
Go back to ancient Roman times and visit the Teatro Roamno Amphitheatre which includes artefacts from the Roman era, wander around the small stalls displaying artwork from local artists.
Visit the Municipal Archaeological Museum which contains one of the most important collections of inscriptions in the country. Then there is the Artillery Museum with its drawings, models, documents, weapons, uniforms and paintings related to the history of the weapon.
Take a trip up to the top of the Castillo de la Concepción for stunning views of the city. Then head for the busy and vibrant port and stroll around the Promenade and the harbour. You can see the famous Peral Submarine and the National Museum of Subaquatic Archaeology. Take a stroll on the quiet Playa de Calblanque beach before setting off for Calle Mayor, a beautiful street full of shops and quaint cafés. See the beautifully preserved Roman merchant's house with excellent examples of painted wall frescos.
If you are not in a rush to return to Murcia, settle down at the famous El Baron Café and Liquor Bar.