The 1912 palatial hotel was built on the former site of the palace of the Duke and Duchess of Medinaceli. A string of famous guests have stayed here from Salvador Dali to novelist Isabel Allende and movie director Richard Attenborough, but well-heeled business travelers tend to dominate. The entrance hall, decorated with murals of Italian […]
Tag: Cartagena festivals
Fiestas that recreate the conquest of Cartagena by the Roman Escipion. A disembarkation commemorates the capture of the city in 209 BC by the Roman troops of Scipio, which leads into a festive week with alternate days devoted to either side. This fiesta takes place in the second half of September and celebrations run for ten days.The marriage of Hannibal and Himilco or the day of the Roman Circus, with gladiators and wild beasts, is followed by the great parade on Saturday, the big day of the fiesta, when all the troops and legions march on the city. From 21/09/2012 to 30/09/2012.
Cartagena lives its Passion Week with such abandon that it rubs off onto locals and outsiders alike. The Confraternities of Marrajos and Californios are proud of their secular past, and their early-morning processions are marked by the perfect synchrony of the cortèges, the sumptuousness of the robes, and the quality of the carved images, produced in the finest workshops. From 30/03/2012 to 08/04/2012.