Rambla Nova, Tarragona
When you walk along Rambla Nova from the Tarragona bus station toward Mediterranean Balcony you will no miss the monument of Castels and Casteleros. Castels is Catalan National Sport known at least for last three hundred years. So, Castels is the human pyramid and casteleros are the people who are constructing such pyramid. The rules are very simple and fair, several teams must built human pyramids. Whose pyramid is higher and whose team held that pyramid for appropriate time that team won. Participants required to be fit physically and be familiarized with basic acrobatics and of course they should demonstrate excellent teamwork.
And then you walk further you will pass by the monument of Heroes of Peninsular War (1808-1813) or the heroes of Catalan anti French upraise of 1811.
Rambla Nova is a 700meters long wide avenue with a pavement in the middle where local market takes place but also there are many shops and café along both sides of the street. Visitors and locals were wandering around during our visit on this avenue but most tables on the terrace were empty.
It seems that this is the main avenue of Tarragona as it splits the town in two between the old and the new part of the city, actually the buildings on one side were constructed over the old walls of the city that were demolished in 1854. One year after Josep Criville designed the avenue and the beautiful terrace at the end (Balco del Mediterrani) where you can see (pics 3-4) the monument dedicated to Roger de Lluria(1245-1305) a Sicilian-aragonese admiral, famous for his naval tactics during medieval age that commanded the fleet of Aragon during War of the Sicilian Vespers.
On the other side (near the Old Town) there is also a Tourist Information office if you need a map or any other help but we didn’t get one as the main sites were easy to be reached.
La Rambla Nova is the main avenue of Tarragona. It is 45 metres wide with a tree lined walkway in the middle. From Plaza Imperial Tarraco in the west to Balcó del Mediterrani in the east it is 900 metres long. Walking along La Rambla you will pass fountains, sculptures (the Monument to the Human Tower is one of them), shops cafés, flower seller etc. Why not sit down at one of the benches to watch people stroll by.
We were told that Tarragona has changed a lot lately. What used to be a quiet, beautiful and peaceful city has become an industrial and commercial capital. Its harbour has become one of the biggest in the Mediterranean Sea. But the Rombla Nova is proof that Tarragona has still preserved much of its provincial flavor.
We started at Placa Imperial Tarraco and walked our way up the Nova Rombla. There are trully dozens of restaurants and shops along the full length of the Tarragona Nova Rombla. However due to the popularity and sheer volume of vistors we found elevated prices and generally a lower level of service than you would experience in a less touristy area. For example, we had an icecream and each bowl was €1,70 a piece! But anyway, forget about the prices, because for a tourists´ first visit sitting on the Ramabla Nova with a jarro or sangria is an absolute must! We ended up at the Balcó del Mediterrani, a great panorama view point over th sea and beach, but also able to overview the Nova Rombla as well.
Like we said before, the Rambla Nova is Tarragona's main avenue. Part of the Old City was demolished in 1854, when the old Eixample (new suburb) was constructed. The houses we saw on the south side were constructed over the old ancient walls. We were amazed by all the beautiful mansions. Some of them could be straight out of San Francisco, as we considerd them to be monumental Victorians. And, of course, the brick wall façade of the hospital was beautiful to have a look at. Josep Criville designed this district in 1855. The Rambla Nova was the district's main axis. The avenue is 45 metres wide and 700 metres long and it connects the new Eixample at the west with the sea at the eastern tip.
The Rambla Nova is a very nice place to be and stroll around. When walking down the Rambla Nova we visited some of its many small shops and enjoyed watching the various performances, like actors, footbal players, mimes, et cetera. There were also several vendors trying to sell paper figures they claim are capable of dancing. At this main avenue there are many bars and restaurants. Do keep in mind that cafés and restaurants on the Rambla Nova often charge steep prices.
When we first visited Tarragona we parked our car under the Nova Rombla. We took the elevator up and had no idea what would be up there. We blinked our eyes because of the sun and after they adjusted themselves to the heavy light we saw the huge Nova Rombla and the Monument Als Castells (Monument of the human tower) right next to us. We had our mind set on visiting the Old Town of Tarragona, but right there knew that we would be back to explore this iconic and busy street in central Tarragona, obviously popular with both tourists and locals.
The modern Tarragona is divided in three zones: the old Eixample, the harbour section and the new Eixample. The old Eixample (Eixample = new suburb) was constructed in the 19th century and its main axle is the Rambla Nova. The construction of this boulevard was very polemic, because the people of Tarragona thought it was too big and pretentious, but time has confirmed it as one of the most beautiful spaces in Tarragona. At the time that we parked our car for the second time in the garage underneath the Nova Rombla we decided to have a nice stroll, time to explore this city's main avenue.
La 'Rambla Nova' is Tarragona’s main avenue. Part of the old city was demolished in 1854, when the old "Eixample" was constructed. The houses you can see at our left were constructed over the old walls. Josep Criville designed this district in 1855, La 'Rambla Nova' was the district’s main axis. The avenue is 45 meters wide and 700 long and it connects the old district (at our back) with the harbor