Enclave Arqueologico de Carteia

Enclave Arqueologico de Carteia

Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Afunlvr
San Antonio, TX37 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. What a hidden gem!!! The tour included discussion in English (and Spanish) from 700BC through early AD and the 1800s farmhouse through a WWII “just in case” bunker! Rather overwhelming when you consider how long we each exist on the planet. All for free, we tried to tip the tour guide and/or offer a donation for the site, both were firmly refused. Beautiful signs on the A7 and one after you get off, then you must look for regular signs taking you to something like Ruinos Carteia. Just a little gate on the right...blink and you might miss it. If you are at all interested in history, highly recommend. I hope more is escavated in my lifetime so I can see more of this beauty as it is uncovered!
Written September 20, 2018
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Stupalacci
Neuchâtel, Switzerland68 contributions
May 2015 • Friends
Overlooking the bay of Gibraltar, having a direct access to a river and a beach, Carteia was probably a paradise 2000 years ago. Today Archeological site is located in an industrial zone and surrounded by a petro-chemical plant (thanks to Franco). Parts of the forum, the thermal baths and a villa are visible nowadays.

Except the smell of oil, the site with its pine trees and spectacular view of the Rock of Gibraltar is very pleasant. Worth a visit on the road to Baelo Claudia.

Entry is free of charge. Guided tours are organized in Spanish and English.
Written June 6, 2015
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MEM315
Horsham, UK113 contributions
Sep 2019
The whole site, which sits between an oil refinery and a coal fired power station, covers 27 hectares, and is bounded by the line of the old Roman city wall. There is a fine Roman staircase to the original Forum, an impressive Bath House, two small areas of residential buildings and the fish factory. This is where the Tuna was salted, and the disgusting-sounding Garum sauce was made from the blood and guts of the fish. These were then exported to the entire Roman Empire.

There is also an old 16th Century Watch Tower, largely constructed from the remains of the nearby Roman City Wall, remains of which can still be seen.

The last part of the visit covers one of over 500 surviving military bunkers, built, but not used, during World War 2, in case Spain had been drawn into the conflict.

We had a bit of difficulty finding the site from the west bound A7, and would recommend going to junction 115, crossing to east bound carriageway and then exiting at 116, from where it is signed.

It's an interesting, hour long guided tour, likely to be busier at weekends and in the summer months. We arrived for an 11.00 tour, and had a personal tour with the excellent guide, who luckily for us, spoke superb English. (There is an English guide on the Andalusian web site, which is recommended for downloading, but we forgot.)

Take your own water, as there is no cafe or bar, though there are toilets (portable ones).
Written September 21, 2019
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Nick N
Estepona, Spain42 contributions
Aug 2018
The Roman site itself is fascinating, not at all commercialised, more like an ongoing project. However the whole site is fenced and gated and normally closed. Visits must be organised through the San Roque Tourist Office.
Written September 25, 2018
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sdeen
Colorado Springs, CO7 contributions
May 2017 • Couples


Last Friday we enjoyed our visit to the Roman Ruins at Carteia.

Our Guide Alba was very professional and extremely knowledgeable, not only about the site but the history of the Mediterranean area.  It was a pleasure to hear her opinions and observations.  

This site has much to offer.  If possible, it would be helpful to make the site easier to find. The road signage is not adequate. 

We found out about the site from a pamphlet which was left in our apartment. The Tourist Information did not have any brochures, however the Agent was able to eventually find some information for us on the internet.

Although Carteia is not located on the Costa del Sol, I do not understand why there was barely information available. I believe you are missing an opportunity to increase awareness of a treasure.

Sincerely,
Silvia and John Deen
Written May 15, 2017
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memberHolland
Holland604 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
This Roman site is difficult to find. It is located near the shore of San Roque next to several chemical plants, but google maps gives the good directions and there are some signs in the near neighbourhood. There are compulsory guided tours every hour from 10.00 till 13.00 hours. Entrance is free.

You can compare Carteia with Baelo Claudia near Tarifa. Bot Roman cities had fish salting factories in the same age and both cities are near the shore. Baelo Claudia has more recognizable excavations however. I think a lot of stones have been reused by local people for new houses.

The guided tour ( 1 hour) was informative and had a visit to an unused World war II Bunker as a bonus. The site was used by Phoenicians, Visigoths, Romans, local peasants who build a farm 2 metres from the temple, military and chemical plants. You can see the traces of this use at the site, but still it is a hidden gem.
Written March 10, 2019
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David B
Assenede, Belgium5 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
If you are interested in historical sites, this one is a must. It's free, there's a very professional and knowledgable guide and it's easy to get there. Max. 2 hours visit. The tour is devided into 3 parts so you can visit only a certain part or on a different day.
Written July 2, 2017
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Andrew M
50 contributions
Oct 2016 • Solo
Well worth a visit if you're into this sort of thing. It's a tragedy that the skyline and environment are dominated by the modern world.

If you want a more complete picture of the site, you have to visit the museum in the town of San Roque to see some of the amazing finds recovered from the site.
Written October 21, 2016
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mjw123x
Aberdeen, UK6 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
We have visited this area for 10 years and never knew it existed!
Free entry and guide speaking both Spanish and English.Comprehensive tour which mapped out the settlement.
Added bonus was tour of German Gunpost which went deep into the hill.
Unfortunately no coffee shop so come prepared with refreshments.
Intriguing insight into life 2000 years ago.
Definitely worth a longer visit.
Written May 22, 2016
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Mark Grainger
Chelmsford, UK23 contributions
Aug 2019
This Roman site feels like it could have been lost forever, surrounded by industrial plants, commercial shipping ports and military encampments.
The site is only accessed with a tour guide and each tour last roughly an hour, which is free of charge. Our guide knew a little English but she was happy to provide each of our group with a photocopied translation for the site visit.
Don't expect to see mosaics or Roman statues, as it feels like a great of the stones have been removed or destroyed. The site has also been subject numerous changes during it's history. At one time a baptism pool was added and later, tunnels were dug to repel a military invasion from Gibraltar.
It's still a fascinating site and I feel with more investment and time there's probably much more to discover.
Written August 24, 2019
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