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“Great views of the city”
Review of Conception Castle

Conception Castle
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Cartagena Small Group Walking Tour
Ranked #10 of 76 things to do in Cartagena
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This museum gives a wonderful view of the port and explains the history of Cartagena founded in 229 BC by Hanibal as New Carthage
lyshardy
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great views of the city”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

The Castle is relatively small and it can be viewed in under an hour. The walk up the hill is not that long, but give it 30 minutes after you eat. There is a brief video that gives the history of the site and is worth watching.

Bathroom by the vending machines is foul.

It is worth the walk up because at the very top the view is identified on pictures.

Visited April 2014
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Stornoway, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Spectacular views”
Reviewed 20 March 2014

There were phenomenal 360 degree views from the top of the castle, showing Cartagena in full glory. The museum was a little difficult to navigate, and there were lots of birds roaming the area, sometimes blocking the exits which was a little disconcerting. Nevertheless, a must see attraction in Cartagena.

Visited March 2014
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Santa Pola, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“very nice surprise - exceeded our expectations”
Reviewed 8 March 2014

Reading the reviews online, i was expecting rather small and somewhat maintained fort with limited information. Truth is, it is very well maintained and there are a few entertaining and informative elements in the same time.

When you climb up the castle - it's very nice walk (not 40 min. in any case as mentioned here in Tripadvisors reviews - we are a young couple and with all the photo shoot stops we made on the way up, maybe it took us 30 min, not more). You pass by the Roman theater, then within the "fort walls" - it's not tiring and hard, rather nice walk. For elderly people, it may be a bit steep so be ware!

Upon entering the museum, there is a short movie explaining the history of the fort - when it was built, when it was ruined, why, how, etc. Informative. There was even a entertaining and interactive "history lesson" game right after the movie. Not only for kids :)

There was a second short movie later during our visit - where the cisterns are...

Great views over Cartagena from the upper deck, 360 degrees view...

I wouldn't say it is a magnificent fort or anything (especially if you have visited many forts before like the one in Alicante, Almeria and others in the region; or the Cite in Carcasonne, France, etc.), but it is a very well maintained small fort and it's worth the visit if you are passing by through Cartagena.

Visited March 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Beautiful view of Cartagena”
Reviewed 3 March 2014

We visited using a combination ticket for a number of sites/museums around Cartagena, and I think this was the one I enjoyed least. However, it's still worth the entrance fee for the beautiful view of the town and the surrounding area - well worth the walk up hill!

Visited February 2014
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Cartagena, Spain
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“Brilliant views over Cartagena and the Mediterranean Sea”
Reviewed 29 November 2013

You can either walk up the hill from near the Port or take the outdoor lift and then make a short walk up to the castle.Peacocks roam wild up near the castle showing off their beautiful plumage.
The views from here are stunning and you can see for miles.Inside the castle there is a video playing that tells of the history of the place and there are many other interesting features to see.
Well worth a visit.

Visited September 2013
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