What to See in Tarragona
As a former key seaport and mighty city in Roman times, there are plenty of Roman ruins to admire throughout Tarragona. The Roman ruins of Tarraco have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site . A must-see is the well-preserved Tarragona Amphitheatre. Built to hold 12,000 spectators and Playa El Miracle (Tarragona’s main beach), the amphitheatre was built in the 2nd-century and you can wander freely around what remains of the site. A short distance from the amphitheatre is another heritage site the Roman circus, where horse and chariot races were held. You can climb up to the top part of the Roman circus for a panoramic view of the city.
A ten-minute walk from the Roman amphitheatre, you will find the Cathedral of Tarragona. Incorporating both Romanesque and Gothic features, the cathedral was built on approximately the same site of what was once the Roman temple. Dedicated to Saint Tecla, the building was consecrated in 1331 but remains unfinished due to being built in the midst of the Black Death. The Diocesan Museum inside has some fascinating objects on display such as Roman hairpins 14th-century polychrome Virgin woodcarvings.
Located in an area of woodland 4 km from the city, you will find Les Ferreres Aqueduct, a Roman aqueduct that supplied water to Tarragona up until the 18th century. The aqueduct was built during the reign of Emperor Augustus (27 BC to 14 AD) and is a testament to Roman engineering. Often called the Devil’s Bridge it is easy to get to via public transport or by foot.
Another delight of Tarragona is its beaches. A stroll along the shores of the Mediterranean sea allows you to take in the city’s rustic charm while enjoying the sea views. Just a few kilometres from the city centre is the amazing unspoiled beach Cala Fonda. located in the Marquesa woods and protected yellowish limestone cliffs, it is tranquil and beautiful place to swim, sunbathe and relax by the seaside compared to the crowded main beach in Tarragona.
Tarragona is home to some of the best Roman sites in Spain, medieval monuments, rich and delicious Catalan food, some of the country’s best beaches and plenty of hidden gems. There is not much more that you would want from a holiday destination. If you’re interested in a tour of Tarragona, consider Odyssey’s Barcelona City tour which goes from Barcelona to Tarragona for the day.
Articles about Spain published by Odyssey Traveller:
Questions about Spain.
Empires crossing the Mediterranean: 1130-1300.
15 of the best places to visit in Spain.
Barcelona travel notes.
Pilgrimages of the World: Advice for mature and senior travellers.
Books to read on a trip to Spain.
Eight Amazing Rail Journeys.
Five Renaissance Women.
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External articles to assist you on your visit to Spain:
The spirit of southern Spain: Reasons to visit Andalucia.
Beyond Seville: Three ancient towns to visit in Andalucia.
Ten must see sights in Madrid.