Owing to its natural strategic harbour the city has a strong commercial and naval port. North of the city is agricultural land.

"Cartagena (Spanish pronunciation: [kaɾtaˈxena]; Latin: Carthago Nova) is a Spanish city and a major naval station located in the Region of Murcia, by the Mediterranean coast, south-eastern Spain. As of January 2018, it has a population of 213,943 inhabitants, being the Region's second-largest municipality and the country's sixth-largest non-provincial-capital city. The metropolitan area of Cartagena, known as Campo de Cartagena, has a population of 409,586 inhabitants.

Cartagena has been inhabited for over two millennia, being founded around 227 BC by the Carthaginian Hasdrubal the Fair as Qart Hadasht (Phoenician, meaning 'New Town'), the same name as the original city of Carthage. The city had its heyday during the Roman Empire, when it was known as Carthago Nova (the New Carthage) and Carthago Spartaria, capital of the province of Carthaginensis. It was one of the important cities during the Umayyad invasion of Hispania, under its Arabic name of Qartayannat al-Halfa.Much of the historical weight of Cartagena in the past goes to its coveted defensive port, one of the most important in the western Mediterranean. Cartagena has been the capital of the Spanish Navy's Maritime Department of the Mediterranean since the arrival of the Spanish Bourbons in the 18th century. As far back as the 16th century it was one of the most important naval ports in Spain, together with Ferrol in the North. It is still an important naval seaport, the main military haven of Spain, and is home to a large naval shipyard.The confluence of civilizations as well as its strategic harbour, together with the rise of the local mining industry is manifested by a unique artistic heritage, with a number of landmarks such as the Roman Theatre, the second largest of the Iberian Peninsula after the one in Mérida, an abundance of Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine and Moorish remains, and a plethora of Art Nouveau buildings, a result of the bourgeoisie from the early 20th century. Cartagena is now established as a major cruise ship destination in the Mediterranean and an emerging cultural focus.

It was the first of a number of cities that have been named Cartagena, most notably Cartagena, Colombia." Wikipedia

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El Puerto de Mazarron
1 . El Puerto de Mazarron
(Region de Murcia )

A port town on the southern coast of Spain west of Cartagena with coarse grit beaches, with an inland element several kilometres inland.

San Javier
2 . San Javier
(Region de Murcia )

A small town set back from the coast by a large inner lagoon is home to the international airport.

San Pedro del Pinatar
3 . San Pedro del Pinatar
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A small Spanish town between Torrevieja and Cartagena with large salt ponds

4 . Torrevieja
(Comunitat Valenciana )

A large town built between two large natural salt pans. The town is over-run with foreign residents but still attracts many Spanish from Madrid.

5 . Aguilas
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A town made distinctive by the castle on the mount between two bays. The eastern rocky bay is home to a small local harbour, and the western bay more sandy and home to larger breakwater and marina.

Santa Pola
6 . Santa Pola
(Comunitat Valenciana )

A Spanish town with a large natural salt pan and series of gritty beaches that sill attract scores of tourists in the summer. Home to a large marina.

7 . Garrucha
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A small town around the mouth of the river Antas with hotels and restaurants following the long sandy beach up the coastline.

8 . Alicante
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The city of Alicante is known for its' built up sea front but still retains an attractive historical character. The large commercial port also serves as a ferry terminal to Alger and is home to a l...

9 . Carboneras
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A small town with a long sandy beach and plenty of hotels and bars. Found a short distance north from a large mine and power station.

10 . Villajoyosa
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The Spanish town also known as La Vila Joiosa is home to a chocolate, a long beach and a marina.

11 . Benidorm
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The old town and harbour sits in the middle of two south facing beachy coves. To the east is the mountains and coastal natural park. The city coastline is dominated by skyscrapers and attracts thou...

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12 . San Jose
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A small pretty town in the national park with a small beach and harbour.

13 . Altea
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A small tourist city close to Benidorm with long sandy beaches and windy streets between white-washed buildings.

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A large town built around a salt lake and a thin peninsula headed by a natural park. The beachy coast is lined with high rise buildings against the backdrop of the inland mountains.

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An agricultural city on the southern coast of Spain with a ferry harbour to Melilla, Oran, Nador, and Ghazaouet. A marina is on the eastern edge of the port near the dry river mouth.

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A small city on the eastern coast of Spain and home to a large marina and a ferry terminal to San Antonio, Palma Mallorca and Ibiza.

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A large town on the southern coast of Spain and popular with local tourists with an old lighthouse overlooking the Alboran Sea.

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20 . Valencia
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