Things to see?
The town's most interesting buildings were built at the height of the mining boom. The Mining Museum, the House of El Piñón, of Modernist style, and the Public Market, which is the venue for the famous International Festival of El Cante de las Minas. Mining landscape.
What To Do?
The town's superb cultural programme includes events such as the International Festival of El Cante de las Minas de La Unión, which takes place in August in the incomparable Modernist setting of the Public Market building, -now also known as the 'Cathedral of Flamenco Song'- converting the town into a veritable forum for modern flamenco and traditional flamenco singing, known as "cante jondo", every August. Visitors should also make a trip to the Sierra Minera, with its huge underground mines and open-cast mines, as well as the remains of various mining constructions, such as the unique "castilletes". In Cartagena, Holy Week, with its secular historical and religious overtones, lasts for some 10 days, starting on the Friday of Los Dolores, the day on which the town's patron saint celebrations take place. In July the International Festival of Music of the Mediterranean takes place, as well as the Mar de Músicas Festival, which presents different types of music from around the world, accompanied by some striking stage sets and fabulous parallel activities, and the Música en Clave classical music festival. September transports us back in time to the Second Punic Wars, with the local celebrations involving staged presentations of the battles between Carthaginians and Romans. Tourists can tour the town in the Tourist Bus and observe the fortresses and batteries along the coast of the bay from the Tourist Catamaran. They will also enjoy the town's beaches, such as Cala Cortina and El Portús, which provides the setting for a naturist camping-site in one of its coves. In La Azohía, we can learn all about fishing with tunny nets, an ancestral art of Moorish origin which is practised between March and July. There are also numerous trekking trails through natural parks, miners' trails, fishermens' trails and trails along the Roman Road of Atamaría. Why not visit the Regional Park of Calblanque, Monte de las Cenizas and Peña del Águila Regional Park, an exceptional expanse that runs along the Murcian coastline that is rich in animal and plant life, featuring terrain as varied as coves, extensive beaches, fossil dunes, salt-flats and mountain summits.
Things to Buy and Eat?
Regional specialities with a local touch. Typical miners' drinks: "la láguena" and el "reparo".