Tarragona Off The Beaten Path

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    Swimming in the mountains

    by DSwede Updated Jul 3, 2009

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    Mountain swimming hole

    On the road from Tarragona/Reus to Prades, you will climb up the mountains on a series of beautiful winding roads.

    Check out your road map and make your path take you anywhere near the two large lakes. The lake is a result of damn, but as you can see, has a nice backdrop.

    Many locals will come up here, rest in the sun, swim in the water and spend a leisurely afternoon.

    The water level varies depending on rainfall and other conditions, therefore the shoreline can vary. But since it is a mountain/dam, there really is no beach, but instead a steep gravel shore line. Bring sandals or shoes that can go in the water.

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    Museu de Fars (Lighthouse Museum)

    by DSwede Updated Jul 3, 2009

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    Lighthouse of 1864

    Originally built in 1864, this lighthouse signaled the coast line north of Tarragona. Originally using olive oil lamps for light, it was updated with more modern times of fuels and gases. Dismantled in 1975 when a new light house was constructed. It was restored and relocated to Tarragona in 1984, where it currently signals the end of the Llavant Breakwater.

    To get here, you can drive, walk or ride a bike. Simply go to the end of the Breakwater Wall/road that protects the port. The road begins just across the tracks from the train station, to the right of the restaurants by the beach.

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    roman aqueduct

    by doug48 Updated Oct 18, 2008

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    roman aqueduct

    the pont de les ferreres is a roman aqueduct built in the 1st century AD. it is located in a very nice park with walking trails. a worth while side trip from the town of tarragona. the aqueduct is about three miles west of tarragona on hwy N240 in the direction of valls.

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    Monestir de Montserrat - Patroness of Catalonia.

    by Jerelis Updated Sep 25, 2007

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    Arriving at Placa de Santa Maria.
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    During our small hike upwards to the Monestir de Montserrat we read something about its facinating history. The monastery was first mentioned in the 9th century, enlarged in the 11th century, and in 1409 became independent of Rome. In 1811, when the French attacked Catalonia in the War of Independence, the monastery was destroyed. Rebuilt and repopulated in 1844, it was a beacon of Catalan culture during the Franco years. Today Benedictine monks live here. Via Plaça de la Creu we ended up at the Plaça de Santa Maria. We were overwhelmed by the beauty and size of the Gothic Cloister, and other structures. We also took some time to have a look at the views of the amazing Catalonian countryside. The “Serrated Mountain” (Mont Serrat) is a superb setting for Catalonia’s holiest place.

    We walked over the Plaça de Santa Maria and had a look at the focal points of the square -> The two wings of the Githic Cloister built in 1477 and the modern monastery façade built by Francesc Folguero. After a quick lunch we noticed that it was getting more and more crowded. The avarage age of the people we saw must have been around 65 years! Before we entered the Inner Courtyard and the Basilica itself we learned something about the Virgin of Montserrat. This small wooded statue of La Moreneta (the dark maiden) is the soul of Montserrat. It is said to have been made by St. Luke and brought here by St. Peter in AD 50. Centuries later, the statue is believed to have been hidden from the Moors in the nearby Santa Cova (Holy Cave). Carbon dating suggests, however, that the staue was carved around the 12th century. In 1881 Montserrat’s Black Virgin became patroness of Catalonia.

    Address:
    08100 Montserrat, Catalonia, Spain.

    Directions:
    56 kilometers north western of Barcelona.

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    Monestir de Montserrat - ‘Serrated Mountain’.

    by Jerelis Updated Sep 25, 2007

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    Jeroen is showing Iris the Catalonian countryside.
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    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!

    Address:
    08100 Montserrat, Catalonia, Spain.

    Directions:
    56 kilometers north western of Barcelona.

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    arc de bara

    by doug48 Written Jun 16, 2007

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    arc de bara

    the arc de bara was built in the late 1st century BC as a result of the last will and testament of lucius linius sura a member of a wealthy roman family. located on the via augusta about 12 miles north of tarragona.

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    Visit the wine-country also

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Mar 3, 2007

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    Winery at Vilafranca del Penedes
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    If you are returning to Barcelona from Tarragona, it's possible to make a very pleasant detour into the wine country of Catalonia.To do this you will have to break your journey at St Vicens de Calders
    and take another train inland. This train goes to Sants station in Barcelona but in a very roundabout way. It chugs inland in a large arc that goes through several of the main wine producing towns. This is a very interesting journey with lovely countryside views as well as cameos of picturesque towns and villages. I got out at Vilafranca del Penedes and had a look round. The photo shows the winery there which is just directly opposite the station. this detour costs around EUR 6.

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    Castellers gymnasium

    by DSwede Updated Jul 19, 2006

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    Castellers frozen in time

    The photo of the Human Towers in the Ramble Nueva and the Festival of Santa Tecla could not happen with out people practicing, right?!

    Its not off the beaten path physically, but its is small and most visitors walk right by without knowing it is there. If you stop in, you can walk up the stairs to have various views of the towers and their practices with the floor padding, safety nets and work out equipment. The walls are full of old photographs and information that documents the history of the Castellers.

    Located on Biaxada de la Mistercordia, it is on the right, half way between the city square and the church on the top of the hill. (Very close to Placa del Rei and Carrer de Santa Anna)

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    TORTOSA

    by trotador Updated Sep 10, 2003

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    When you traveling to the Delta do not miss Tortosa. Tortosa is 15minutes away by car. Tortosa is right next to the Ebro river. In ths city were the Romans, Arabs, Jews, etc...it's so old. Actually this city is very bad kept. WHERE TO GO: To the Castle and Cathedral at least.(check warnings)
    Also if there is time enought go to the montains to take a hike and watch the wild goats. The montain is known as Els Ports. It's really nice.

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    I think when you visit a new...

    by foadtoad Updated Feb 25, 2003

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    I think when you visit a new country it is part of the experience to eat or drink the specialties from the place you stay...in tarragona..well of course paella..typical spanish...or tortillas.
    but also..try a drink called Horchata..made from something called chufa from valencia..it tastes sooo good..if you ask me! and you can get it everywhere in tarragona..in anyone of the many many cafes.
    Another thing is churros..i can´t describe it..it just tastes very good..and on the picture you can see a place where you can buy them..near the habour..so on your way back from the habour at night you can stop by this place for..breakfast!?..it´s a sort of dessert-thing..mmmmmmm

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    Doesn't matter how you travel...

    by iandsmith Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Doesn't matter how you travel between Salou and Tarragona, for 10kms you will notice only one thing - oil refineries! Some, as shown in this photo, they have tried to pretty up and they certainly are colourful. They are also, just as certainly, oil refineries. Unquestionably Spain's oil refinery capital.

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    After a long day of fun in the...

    by AQG Written Aug 25, 2002

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    After a long day of fun in the sun and partying at the local clubs... Imagine the reflection of a full moon against the calm waters of the Mediterranean Sea -- You only live once... take a plunge and feel the warmth of the waves...

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    I hope I got this right. I...

    by iandsmith Written Aug 26, 2002

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    I hope I got this right. I believe I shot this in Tarragona and not Barcelona. My notes are confused here! From the dockland area.

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    In AQUALEON safari park (near...

    by Janina_B. Written Aug 24, 2002

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    In AQUALEON safari park (near Albinyana, El Vendrell) you will see 600 animals living in 'liberty’.
    I loved the parrots there.

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    The ARCH of BERA It is worth...

    by Janina_B. Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The ARCH of BERA It is worth while going 20 km north of Tarragona to see it. The arch was constructed in the period of Augustus (Ic A.D.).

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