Dining Cartagena Style

Believe it or not, we are doing A LOT of walking and hiking all around on our sight seeing tours through Spain.  We always do our best to get a lot of exercise on our trips, and this trip is no different, although to you it may seem like all we do is eat.  We are probably walking/hiking about 5-7 miles per day, on average.  And because the temperatures are so hot, we are also sweating a lot as well.  All of this works up an appetite, and hopefully at least will keep us ‘”neutrally “buoyant” to use a diving term, so we do not gain to much weight on this trip.  We actually tend to lose a little weight on our vacations because we are always so active, which is definitely a good thing.  I have A LOT of weight to lose.

We were only in Cartagena for 1 night.  After touring around the city, it was time to find a place for dinner.  Because we were right at the sea, of course we were looking for a good seafood dinner.  We decided on the Yacht Club’s Restaurant, right at the water’s edge.  We got to the restaurant around 7:30 PM, but of course they were not open yet for dinner because the Spanish eat later in the evening.  Or darn, we just had to wait in the bar area with some good Albirino wine until they opened up.




Once the restaurant opened, we were ready and waiting.  This is the view we had with dinner.  In the later part of his career, my dad was mostly sailing on tanker ships, and primarily oil tankers.  Every time I see a tanker ship, I always wave and say hi to my daddy, because I know he is right there with me.  To me it is good luck, because my daddy is still there watching over me.  As you see in the background, he was having dinner with us too.


We were craving vegetables and a salad, so we ordered a house salad to share. It was loaded with tuna and vegetables.  I’m glad we decided to share though.  This was one huge salad.  I found out why the Spanish love their meats so much.  During WWII, when food was very, very scarce, Argentina was sending food to Spain, and the Argentines are very big meat eaters.  So now, the Spanish eat a lot of meat with every meal.


Larry feasted on grilled fish, which was fabulous.


I enjoyed lobster paella.



We are having extreme technical difficulties today, so I am not able to send you any more pictures today.  You will just have to trust me when I say how impressive our breakfast display was.  After leaving Cartagena, we went to Almeria and more ruins.  Those adventures will be my next post, internet allowing.  So ciao for now!




Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

17 thoughts on “Dining Cartagena Style”

    1. We use “Petey” quite a bit. He drives us on the long hauls as well as to the cities, however, parking is so hard to find and the streets are VERY narrow. So once we find a parking spot we take it, and the we’re on foot for the rest of the time until we are off to the next place again.

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  1. I swear if I didn’t know where you were, I would compare those top two pics to one of our favorite places in Galveston. I love dining by the water, watching ships and boats sail by, birds flying around, and the smell of the sea breeze! Enjoy yourself!

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      1. No, but while I was there, I found out one of my friends from Ft Worth’s family lived in Nederland. She came to visit and took me to meet all of them all around the PNG area!

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