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How can I reach Tarragona from Barcelona BCN Airport? Is there a bus or train that leaves directly from the airport to Tarragona? Or is it necessary to go into Barcelona (if so, where?) and transfer?
Barca to Taragona
I don't know whether there is a direct bus though I doubt it. Almost certainly you would be best going by train via Barcelona Sants station.
Unless you are in one hell of a hurry, go to the local ticket counter - the local trins are much cheaper and pretty frequent.
BTW be sure you see the aqueduct at Taragona - number 2 local bus.
Re: Barca to Taragona
Thanks for the train info. I'll be sure to see the aqueduct.
Re: Re: Barca to Taragona
Did you ever locate the bus from airport to Tarragona?
Travel Tips for Tarragona
Les Quatre Barres.
The four bars on the 'senyera', the Catalan flag, are said to represent the four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona. The Senyera is a vexillological symbol that consists of four red stripes on a golden background. It historically represented the king of Crown of Aragon; today is the flag of the Spanish Autonomous Community of Catalonia.
The design derives from a legend of Guilfré el Pelós, first Count of Barcelona. It relates how he received a call for help from Charles the Bald, who was King of the West Franks and grandson of Charlemagne. Guilfré went to his aid and turned the tide of battle, but was mortally wounded. As he lay dying, Charles dipped his fingers in Guilfré's blood and dragged them accross his plain gold shield, giving him a grant of arms.
We saw the Catalan flag at numerous of places. The Catalonian people are extremely proud of their own (beautiful) province.
Beach area - Classic beach activities.
We definately like to explore all the cities, National Parks, monuments, et cetera whenever we go on a journey. But an other important part of our summer vacation is a day at the beach. We usually have some classic beach activities that help us to not miss a moment of the beach fun day. Building a sand castle is always a popular activity Iris likes to do. We brought along a variety of sizes pails and containers used for building. After that we used seashells, driftwood and stones to decorate the sand castle.
Iris also loves the treasure hunting aspect of beachcombing. Relinde took Iris for a long walk on the beach, brought along a plastic pail to collect treasures like seashells, rocks, driftwood and sea glass. Sam and Iris also enjoy digging a big hole and bury me in it :-). The only thing I always ensure is that I´m well past where the waves come in. Relinde doesn´t like to be buried, so as an alternative we buried her up to her knees. Just as much fun anyway. Besides the La Savinos Beach this kind of recreation also can be done at the Llarga Beach and La Mora Beach at Tarragona.
Monestir de Montserrat - ‘Serrated Mountain’.
What to do on a day that you don’t want to go to the beach, don’t want to stroll the lanes in the Old Town of Tarragona, and whenever you have been to Barcelona the day before? What to do? We took our travel guide out of the bag and started reading it. At the page of Montserrat we read ”For many visitors a trip to Montserrat is the highlight of their visit. Montserrat is a spectacularly beautiful Benedictine monk mountain retreat about one hour North West from Barcelona by train. Not only is Monestir de Montserrat of significant religious importance, but the natural beauty surrounding the monestary is simply breathtaking.” . The pictures enclosed to this article did the rest for us. We knew that we wanted to do, we took the car and went to Montserrat.
Driving to it was a great experience by itself. We could see the “Serrated Mountain” (Mont Serrat) from kilometres away. Its highest peak rising to 1,236 metres. We were quite early and driving the mountain road was relaxing as we did not have too many busses or coaches in front of us. We also experienced magnificent views of some of the most unusual rock formations in the whole of Catalonia. Because of our early time scedule it wasn’t crowded at all and therefore we were able to park the car on a nice spot not too far away. It was an one hour and 15 minutes drive, and there we were!
08100 Montserrat, Catalonia, Spain.
56 kilometers north western of Barcelona.
Don't forget the cloisters
From Placa De la Seu, turn right and right again and you will come to the other entrance of the cathedral that leads to the cloisters. Back here you get a much better impression of the size and extent of the cathedral ( the biggest in Catalunya) than you do from the front. This is also the entrance to the Museu Diocesa which houses a large collection of tapestries, paintings and sacred objects. The museum is closed on Sundays but the exterior and the lovely gardens surrounding it are well worth seeing. The gardens are very lush with lots of cypress trees and other mediterranean greenery. In a corner a black cat was standing guard over a cornered pigeon trembling with fear. A nearby tabby was an accomplice to this horrible spectacle and just for once I saw cats in a different light. My attempts, through the railings to scare them away failed dismally and I had to let the poor pigeon to his fate. Ironically, one of the features of the cloister are two scenes represrenting the medieval fable of the clever cat who plays dead and then captures the jubilant mice who put him on a bier !
The Castellarnau’s House Museum
The Castellarnau House Museum is situated along Cavallers Street, a street were many noble families had their homes. The mansion was bought by the Castellarnau family in 1764. In 1954 it was given to the municipality and in 1977 it opened up as a museum. On the ground floor there are temporary exhibitions in rooms where the walls are painted with romantic landscapes. The kitchen is also on the ground floor.
From a nice courtyard stairs are leading up to the main floor, where there are bedrooms, a music room, a billiard room, a library-study and a dinning room. The largest room , in the middle, have a painted roof with mythological motifs. On the floors there are tiles in different patterns.
From Easter to September the Castellarnau House is open between 9 - 21, on Tuesday - Saturday, and between 9 - 15 on Sundays.
October to Easter the Castellarnau House is open between 9 - 119 on Tuesday - Saturday and between 10 - 15 on Sundays.
Entrance fee was 2.45 Euro (March 2008).
I had the combination ticket for 9.25 Euro.
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