in the south of Catalonia and on the north east of Spain,
Costa Dorada, is a
beautiful city worthy of its history, beaches, museums, Reus and Salou towns and
architecture. Being the first Roman city on Span mainland that was founded in
the 3rd century B.C., Tarragona is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage cities
of Spain. It is situated on a small hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea by
the Francolí river.
Tarragona is a lively city with a busy port which is second in Spain by means of
the volume of commercial traffic.
Tarragona offers great attractions to its
visitors with its rich heritage, museums, shops, bars and restaurants.
Passeig Arqueològic around the outside of the massive Roman walls
is worth a visit and see. The 2nd century A.D. amphitheater is one of the
best spots of the town. The impressive arches of the Roman circus, the
remains of the Roman forum and a Christian necropolis are the most
important ones on the Iberian peninsula. The Cathedral of Santa Maria
(12-14th centuries) is
the most important monument on the Gothic
Carrer Major is the street of interest for the visitors with its
beautiful narrow streets. The modern Rambla Nova in the heart of the city
comes next where visitors relax at the outdoor cafes on the Balcó del
Mediterrani (Mediterranean Balcony) while enjoying the attractive views of
the sea or stroll down the Passeig de les Palmeres to El Miracle beach.
Things to Do and See in Tarragona
The places of interest in Tarragona include;
Cathedral of Santa Maria
The Ferrán Castle
Early Christian Necropolis
Museum of Modern Art
Museum of History of
The beaches of Costa
Cuisine ~ What to Eat
The Costa Dorada's tasty cuisine includes variety of great sea
food, the inland specialties, sweets and nice wine. Popular seafood dishes
include suquet (soup-stew with assorted fish and seafood) or caldero (a soupy
rice and fish dish), octopus cooked with potatoes and garlic, omelettes with
chanquetes (tiny fish). In Tarragona, culinary customs are popular with the
famous calçotades spring feasts. The coast of Tarragona is famous with its
romesco sauce made with almonds, hazlenuts, sweet dried red pepper, tomato,
garlic, olive oil and salt. The wines from the province of Tarragona are
excellent. Champagne-like sparkling wine called cava, liqueurs, and dessert
wines are also popular and produced in the region.
It is located 80 km. from
Barcelona. By air, the closest airport for Tarragona is the Reus Airport
(REU) that is located 13 km. from the city center. There are several low cost
carriers and cheap flights to Tarragona. Another option is to fly to Barcelona and
then travel to Tarragona. By car from Barcelona the visitors may take the
A-2 highway southwest that connects with the A-7 and then the N-340. It is also
possible to travel to Tarragona by rail with the railway lines that runs
between Barcelona and Alicante, and also Barcelona and Madrid.
Plaza Pedrera is the train station of Tarragona located near the port. There are
numerous trains operate between Tarragona and Barcelona with an hour trip as
well the trains from Madrid (4 hours) and Valencia (3 hours). By bus, the
major bus company of Plana has buses running between Barcelona and Tarragona
from the Maria Cristina underground station.
Plaa Imperial Tarraco is the bus station.