We are now heading for the coast and crossed over some mountain ranges where the air was cool and refreshing before descending to the heat and desolation of an area that resembled the badlands of South Dakota in America.
We spent the night in Cartagena a port town on the Mediterranean coast. It had been a Roman and Carthaginian port and has numerous reminders of its past. These days it is also known for its Modernista architecture and we loved the pastel coloured facades and ornate balconies of the buildings.
We toured the Castillo de la Conception which gave us panoramic views of the area. The castle has an interesting museum which explained the history of the town. We also saw the Roman Theatre which is adjacent to the remains of a 13th century cathedral which was devasted by aerial bombardment during the Spanish Civil war.
It was a Saturday night and all the Cartagenians were dressed in their elegant clothes as they strolled the boulevardes in the cool of the evening. We tapas bar hopped for our dinner and enjoyed some very good buskers along the way.