Top ChoiceSpanish in Cartagena


Elegant dining areas and an open kitchen characterise this smart white-exteriored local on a nondesript pedestrian boulevard off Calle Carlos III. The gastronomic enthusiasm of the young owners shines through in...

Spanish in Cartagena

La Marquesita

On a tucked-away plaza just off the pedestrian main drag, this place is easily spotted by its riot of pot plants. Sit in or out to enjoy quality fish dishes in particular, with other traditional plates on offer....

Spanish in Cartagena

El Barrio de San Roque

Done Roman and it's time for a decent central meal? Much of the pedestrian area is taken up with fairly mediocre restaurants pulling in cruise-ship visitors with frozen paellas, but this discreet, elegant place...

Tapas in Cartagena

La Fuente

Bright and busy, this place, which lives up to its name by indeed featuring a fountain, makes a top stop for a quick drink and a tapas. The speciality is anchovies, long and tasty, from the Bay of Biscay. A knot...

Grill in Cartagena

A La Brasa

One of a few places run by the same people in this picturesque small park, once the artillery HQ. It features an open kitchen and tables overlooking a small pond. Service is slow but willing, and they're good on...

Seafood in Cartagena

Techos Bajos

Locals absolutely flood this large, no-frills kind of place at lunchtime for its well-priced portions of fresh fish and fried seafood served on classic blue-and-white-gingham paper tablecloths. You'll find it...