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Day Out Cabo Tinoso Cartagena Guns

After a stop at the marina in Cartagena City, enjoy the scenic drive south towards Mazarron. You'll wind your way along the valley floor and then, after a steep ascent arrive at the top of the Cabo Tinoso mountain.

Here you’ll find abandoned buildings which look almost castle like and two massive Vickers guns (38.1 centimetre 1926 models). More information about them can be found in the Cartagena Military Museum. The guns were apparently last fired on the 26th April 1973 by Republicans at a group of Nationalist cruisers. In such a tranquil setting it is hard to imagine the boom that the guns would have made as their artillery travelled the 20 miles to its target.

There are several things to be aware of. The road, in some places is very twisty and narrow with steep drops to one side so you must be a confident driver. There are no facilities of any kind at the guns, so bring a picnic with you. Make sure you wear good shoes for walking over rough ground and if you want to explore the underground tunnels (all at your own risk) then bring a torch.

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