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 uncomfortable outbursts, which cannot be said for similar individuals in other cities I have been to. Also, if travelling by bus, make sure you keep an eye on ypur bags whilst waiting in the bus station, you never know when opportunists may take advantage of your lack of attention.
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 the fact the average temperature is much higher than other areas and the landscape goes up and down.
Water is essential for everyone, especially if you are hiking. Water helps almost every part of the human body function properly. Our bodies are almost two-thirds water, and proper hydration is essential to keep your body functioning properly during the hike. Some of the things water does in the body are:
* The brain is 75% water; even moderate dehydration can cause headaches and dizziness;
* Water regulates body temperature, which is especially important here in the area where the temperatures can be so brutal;
* Water carries nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body
* Blood is 92% water;
* Water protects and cushions vital organs;
·* Water converts food into energy (which is something you will need on a 3 to 4 hour hike…);
* Muscles are 75% water, and you will use many muscles on a trail as you climb above the desert floor.
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 tend to be more aggressive and females more passive. As adults, in spatial operations, men have the edge in such skills as negotiating a maze, reading a map, and quickly discriminating between right and left. Men also perform better than women when asked to visualize an object and imagine rotating it. On the other hand, women tend to perform better than men when asked to look at objects of different shapes, sizes, and colors, and then to group them in some order.
This still doesn't explain why Relinde turns the map all around when I'm asking for the road to travel, while I like the map at one point so I can better visualize our position. Help!
Just be prepared in case you plan on visiting a church or cathedral : no shorts, no halter tops, no use of flashlights, no smoking, no pets.
The first two sometimes can be a problem (from the woman's point of view) but just bring along a little vest and a piece of cloth you can use as a skirt.
When I was in Venice, I even saw a woman using a towel as skirt, was surprised she was allowed in.
This is a nice picture where can be seen the castle. Today part of the Castle of Suda has been remodeled to become a "parador national" ( state owned luxury hotel most of the time a building of some historical or artistic value)
Inside one can see authentic wonders or treasures like like the retablo of the Transformation (XV century), the pulpits, the baptism pile, or the choir stalls (XIV century).
Outstanding is also the cloister with gothic arcs.
The "Church of Sta. María" or the Cathedral of Tortosa is located in the center of the antique quarter and from here will be easy to visit places like "Palacio Episcopal" which has an antique gothic Catalan courtyard, "Sta.Clara Monastery" of gothic style.
When you approach Tarragona from the South you will see a huge industrial area. Tarragona is a center of chemical industry in Spain. This is not the most wellcoming aspect of the city, but by night time, it looks like a futuristic city, for the many lights.