Tarragona Travel Guide

  • Tarragona
    by MalenaN
  • Tarragona
    by MalenaN
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    Museo Arqueologico, Catalunya, ES 2009
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Tarragona Highlights

  • Pro
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     good weather; not too many tourists 

  • Con
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     Railway line spoils the view 

  • In a nutshell
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     As Spanish as you could hope for 

Tarragona Things to Do

  • Cathedral de Saint Mary

    The Cathedral Basilica of Santa Maria is the See of the Archbishop of Tarragona who exercises his Episcopal ministry at the service of the whole Archdiocese. That Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Mary, Saint Paul and his disciple Saint Thecla. It was erected on the foundations of ancient temple. Its construction began in 1171 and it was consecrated...

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  • Forum Roma

    The forum was the center of daily life where people socialized and discussed public matters. A vast square, it was rimmed by the most important buildings in the city: the curia, the basilia, temples and countless shops. Unfortunately, much of Tarraco’s forum was destroyed as a result of urban expansion in XIX century. Today only a portion of the...

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  • Balco del Mediterrani - Mediterranean...

    Statue of Roger de Lauria is situated at the end of the Rambla Nova, it is probably the most popular monument of Tarragona and the best decoration of so-called Mediterranean Balcony. That bronze statue was founded in 1886 by Felix Ferrer. The monument was opened in 1889. Unfortunately sculptor was in blissful ignorance about the fashion, arms and...

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Tarragona Restaurants

  • La Queveda

    This is a small café we stopped for a beer after visiting some of the museums of Tarragona. It is located on placa del Forum so you have a nice ancient stone gate for background while you enjoy your beer :) It was very relaxing there in miday, just some people around, a nice contrast with the busy Barcelona we left behind that morning. We paid 3...

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  • Elegant local Catalan foods

    Barquet is an elegant restaurant, serving well prepared Catalan dishes. Being one of the main cities in Catalunia, Tarragona has its share of Catalan cuisine. Barquet is a favorite among many of the locals that I know.Its menu is only available in Catalan, but the servers will be happy to explain things in Spanish. Unfortunately for those who do...

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  • Excellent Catalan and excentric foods

    This rather quiet restaurant is tucked in the quieter streets of the old town. Its serves excellently prepared local Catalan foods, with a modern touch. The restaurant is within reach of the main Placa de la Font, but far enough away that you don't hear all the commotion nor feel the crowds. The old stone walls are complimented by white linen...

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Tarragona Nightlife

  • Nightlife in the winter

    I lived in Tarragona for about 2 years. Its a great city, with good nightlife and vibes of its own. However, in the winter months, it is very quietAll the communities along that stretch of coast line will be very quiet except for Salou. Obviously it is busier during the summer, but it is the only real good party area that lasts through the winter.

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  • An evening in Placa de la Font

    Placa de la Font, is the main square at the foot of the old town in Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain. Close to Rambla Nova, the Town Hall can be found at one end. The outer are edges of the square are adorned by a variety of reasonably priced restaurants including a Chinese, Galateria and various Pasta and Paella restaurants, with seating inside or out,...

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  • Writing in the Diary of a Madman.

    Whenever we undertake a journey to a particular country we always want to know all about the surroundings, it’s history, it’s culture, which cities to visit, which hikes to undertake, et cetera. In advance to the journey we browse over the internet to get certain information and read travel books just to make sure we won’t miss out on anything....

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Tarragona Transportation

  • how to move around

    The small train station in Tarragona is located near the coast which means you just have to walk a bit uphill through some steps to reach Old Town but in 10’-15 you’ll be there, checking first the view from the balcony at the bottom of Rambla Nova and then head to the amphitheatre, the archeological museum, the cathedral etc. There are many taxis...

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  • how to go there

    Tarragona is about 100km west of Barcelona and 60km west of Sitges.By trainIt’s an easy 90’ train ride from Barcelona (you can catch the train at Sants of Passeig de Gracia stations) with some nice views on Costa Daurada beaches along the way. Check the panels for train that goes to Tortosa as Tarragona is just a stop along the way. There are many...

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  • Convenient trains

    As I understood, trains could be the best option to head to daytrips from Barcelona. They are convenient and quite cheap.Train to Tarragona took a bit more than 1 hour; the ticket price was approximately 7 euros. The train stop is not so far from Rambla Nova street, thats about 10-15 minutes to walk to old town.The views when riding Barcelona -...

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Tarragona Shopping

  • The only department store

    The only special thing about this department store is that it's the only one in the whole town. So it's the only choice for the tourists who don't want to spend much time scouring the streets of the town in search of shops. You can find a few famous inexpensive brands there like Zara, Mango, Massimo Dutti, Bershka and Stradivarius (all of them...

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  • A place full of life.

    On this huge central courtyard vendors had displayed their fruit and vegetables in amazingly colourful pyramids. In the side-galleries we saw stands with local wine (cava), fresh meat, all sorts of candies, leather bags, milk products, et cetera. In the back of the building there was quite a large entrance with only stands of fish, maybe some kind...

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  • A riot of colours.

    We can honestly state that if you are looking to buy fresh food in a picturesque setting, be sure to visit Tarragona's Mercat Central. Once we entered it we witnessed that here, the stand owners still engage in the direct and personalised sale of day-to-day products. We immediately saw this huge central courtyard with little (wooden) shops/stalls...

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Tarragona Local Customs

  • Hanging out at Baixada Misericordia

    I've included this street in the local customs section because I think it is one of the most iconic images of Tarragona and one you are definitely likely to come across when reading about the city. I saw this image in a travel feature about Tarragona earlier last summer and fell in love with it. In fact, though I'd been planing to visit the Roman...

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  • Wine tasting

    Tarragona is an ancient wine-producing region and its wines have its own DO. The harbour of Tarragona was an important trading centre for these wines in Roman times. In addition, many of the communion wines used by the Catholic church worldwide used to and still do originate from Tarragona. A traditional producer of these is the De Muller estate,...

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  • Castells!

    Castells (or human towers) are typical constructions of the province of Tarragona. The castells' world is very complex: there are different kinds of castles and every castle has its own name. The castles can reach 10 floors but the most usual castles have between 7 and 8 floors. The main parts of any kind of castle are:-"pinya" all the people on...

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Tarragona Warnings and Dangers

  • Safe and sound

    Tarragona is one of the most safe places I have ever visited. After several visits I have never felt threatened in any way. The only two comments I would make with regards keeping your wits about you is, on the majestic Balcon you may be approached by gypsy ladies begging, a polite "no" is met with a nod before they walk away, without any...

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  • Do drink enough!!!

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 litre of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in and around the city of Tarragona due to...

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  • Reading a map.

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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Tarragona Tourist Traps

  • Catedral - Cruciform interior.

    Building work on the Catedral (Cathedral of Tarragona) began in the 12th century and was concluded in the 15th, although it's obvious from the façade that the work was never completed: the pinnacles proposed in the architects' original plans were abondoned as too expensive. In compensation, we have a very large rose window and fine 13th century...

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  • Catedral - The cloister.

    We must say that the Catedral of Tarragona is definately a splendid example of the transition from Romanesque to Gothic architecture. The twenty piers are really massive, and at the time of our visit were swathed in superb old tapestries. Someone told us that some of the tapestries which decorate the walls once belonged to St. Paul's in London, and...

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  • Catedral - It stately crowns the city.

    Whenever you're in Tarragona it's fair to say that the Catedral (Cathedral of Tarragona) is a must see. We geuss that a lot of people think about this the same way, which makes it a busy place, a true tourist trap. We were advised to go there early (at least before 11 o'clock in the morning) to avoid the masses of people, and so we did. We were at...

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Tarragona What to Pack

  • Travel light!

    * Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of films!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.

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  • Cozzy or not !

    When going to Tarragona during warm weather, throw a swimming cozzy and towel in your backpack. Then you can have a swim as well as enjoying all the wonderful sights the city has to offer. Of course if you're planning on heading out of town to the naturist beach ,then just bring plenty of sunblock !

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    Repelent for the Mosquitos!!!!!!! Very important!!!! Could be amazing in summer!!! I think the producers of Jumanji film were inspired from the Mosquitos of Delta de l'Ebre. They are enormous!!!!!!!

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Tarragona Off The Beaten Path

  • Convent of the Barefoot Carmelites

    Convent of the Barefoot Carmelites was built between 1896 and 1918 and then it religious foundation become one of the most famous educational institution of Tarragona. Have a look at the pictures, just to make sure this convent is excellent example of neogothic architectural style. Although I’m no fan of neogothic, this convent really impressed me....

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  • Day three in Barcelona.

    Most people try to rush Barcelona on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Barcelona properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Barcelona we saw on a city map that the huge city of Barcelona is divided into multiple areas and those areas are to...

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  • Day two in Barcelona.

    We visited the Barcelona Zoo at our second visit to the city of Barcelona. We knew that didn’t want to speed through the Zoo like a whirlwind and therefore took our time (maybe the entire day) for having an extensive look at this amazing Parc Zoològic. We parked our car at the car park under the Arc de Triomf. Maybe it is not the cheapest car park,...

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Tarragona Sports & Outdoors

  • Biking the Roman Ruins

    I have looked numerous times on the internet and Tarragona & Generalitat de Catalunya's internet pages and there is nothing I have found regarding these trails (in English, Spanish or Catalan for that matter).But as you can see by the photo here, there most certainly is an "Ininerari amb BTT pel Monuments Romans del Tarragones" (Itinerary for BTT...

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  • Hiking - Do take time to meander!

    Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of the Old Town´s principal pleasures. The streets wind and wander with no discerrible order or object. We rewarded ourselves with a cool cup of gelato for our effort! But you won´t do justice to the entire city of Tarragona whenever you won´t visit other parts....

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  • Hiking - One huge achaeological site.

    Most people try to rush Tarragona on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Tarragona properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Tarragona we saw on a city map that the small town of Tarragona is divided into three areas - the historical old...

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Tarragona Favorites

  • Still authentic, not refurbished old...

    The place still is not so full of tourist, it means not so "prepared" for them. Old part looks authentic, not so much shining and not so much reconstructed; it is more charm than a negative thing.In my opinion it is a place, suitable for visit if you are longer time in Barcelona. That is more, place is very important for whose who search for Roman...

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  • Roman classical and gothic style mix

    Tarragona was a ancient Roman Tarraco and kept the architecture of Classical Roman style. It is still possible to encounter such treasures as aphiteatre or circus, remains of old wall. Year by year the town altered its view and quite impressive gothic buildings were constructed as Cathedral, King's castle. Nowadays town is proud for keeping an old...

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  • Rambla Nova

    The long Rambla Nova is the main thoroughfare in Tarragona for both locals and visitors to this beautiful city. Fun to wander along during the day, adorned with flowers stalls, newspaper stands, and regular markets and, not to be missed, the Statue of Castellers, an ideal photo opportunity! In the evenings indulge in the Spanish passion for 'paseo’...

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Port Aventura
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Town Hall
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Colonial Forum
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