Tarragona Travel Guide

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Tarragona Things to Do

  • Catedral de Tarragona

    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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  • Roman Amphitheatre

    Roman Amphitheater of Tarragona was built during the end of I and beginning of second centuries B.C. This is no biggest amphitheater in Mediterranean area but anyway its capacity was from twelve and up to thirteen thousand spectators. Some admirers of Roman culture should always remember this amphitheater was the place of were horrible and cruel...

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  • Rambla Nova

    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...

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Tarragona Restaurants

  • Forti de La Reina

    5 out of 5 stars

    UPDATE: This restaurant was closed for renovations. Call in advance to confirm it is open. An excellent taste! Gastronomic flavors with restaurant style portions. The wine list is also quiet extensive. The restaurant is situated inside the old Fortress. You have a wonderful old atmosphere that has undergone renovations recently to make the...

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  • Lizarran

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    located on the placa de font tabernas lizarran is an excellent tapas bar. great selection at moderate prices. located on the beautiful placa de font they offer outdoor seating on the plaza. the placa de font is located in the center of the old quarter and is the site of the roman circus.

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  • Cafe de la Font

    In one end of Placa de la Font is the Town Hall. Around the square are many bars and restaurants and I guess it is a very lively place, especially in summer when people sit at the outdoor tables. I visited Tarragona on the 1st of March and I was happy it was warm enough to sit outside (too cold at home that time). The tables outside the café...

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Tarragona Nightlife

  • El Cau

    In typical local fashion, the bars and nightclubs do not begin until late. The front doors to The Cave might not even be open before 10pm and will not be crowded until midnight, but it will be a good time until ~4am. It is located in an ancient underground cellar, therefore its relatively cool until the body heat of the dance floor warms things...

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  • 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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Tarragona Transportation

  • Trains - Barcelona

    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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  • Trains - other destinations

    Tarragona is about 100km west of Barcelona and 60km west of Sitges. By train It’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...

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  • General Advice

    If you drive, Tarragona is about an hour from Barcelona along the A-7 autopista. This will also cost you ~8EUR in tolls. Alternatively, take the train from Barcelona-Sants in Barcelona, avoid the hassle of driving and save ~3EUR. The train station in Tarragona is at the bottom of the hill of the old city center, easy walking distance if you have...

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Tarragona Shopping

  • Mercat Central

    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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  • 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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Tarragona Local Customs

  • Catalan Culture

    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life. However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing...

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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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  • Kids and Family

    There are a lot of things you have no idea of once you're planning your trip. For us it is always a surprise how the facilities are for our two little kids. We were pleasantly amazed by the fact that Tarragona is a city that is very, very friendly for little kids. First of all (but we guess you'll find it anywhere) all the local people spoke to us...

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Tarragona Warnings and Dangers

  • Weather

    As you can see by the attached photo, flooding is possible in the area, despite the typical long days of sun and little rain. The old town and the 'new town' do not have any flooding issues since they both rest on the hillside and all water easily runs off. However if you are living, working or traveling through the industrial areas ("Polígon...

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  • Church Etiquette

    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...

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  • Cathedral

    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.

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Tarragona Tourist Traps

  • Catedral de Tarragona

    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 - 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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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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  • Packing List

    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

  • Montserrat - mountains and monastery

    Montserrat is an escape to quite unusual Spanish mountains and monastery. Montserrat means “Teeth Mountains”, actually mountains look like teeth. The research showed that such form mountains were formed due to the sea water polishing in prehistoric times. Monastery is known from medieval times, but got new look in 19th century and it stands in...

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  • Aqueducte de les Ferreres - Pont del...

    This extraordinary Roman Aqueduct (UNESCO wonder) broght water to the city of Tarraco (today Tarragona) from 25 kilometres distance. It was still in use until the middle of the XX century. At the entrance there is an explanation saying that the Romans constructed aqueduts instead of pyramids. It is considered the second most extraordin ary Roman...

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  • 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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Tarragona Sports & Outdoors

  • Beaches

    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...

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  • Hiking

    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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  • Walking

    We kept on hiking and even saw the Catedral (Cathedral) rising over the Old City walls. We also had a stop at a corner tower where the walls were refortified with fallen Roman-era carvings during the pre-Moorish period. Most experts now believe that around 150 / 125 BC the wall was considerably enlarged in length, height and width, being extended...

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Tarragona General

  • Day Trips

    The final part of the Ebre river goes trough the "Terres de l'Ebre", in the south of Catalonia. This is administratively in the Province of Tarragona. The Ebre river is an seasonal river. This is, in spring is full of water, in a way that can do smoe inundations. In the summer, the river goes with very a little bit of watter. This river have been...

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  • Architecture

    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...

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  • PortAventura

    go to SALOU (some 15 km from Tarragona) to see what the famous COSTA DORADA is all about. Salou is the most lively resort on the Costa Dorada. The coastline is mainly flat, with shallow waters and the long beaches of golden sand from which it takes its name. If you are already there don't miss a visit in PORT AVENTURA - Spain's first Thematic Park...

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