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Tarragona is the first real seaside town south of Barcelona. The town also offers a number of historical sites including churches from several different periods and a well preserved Roman colosseum. The town itself has the usual Spanish assortment of plazas sprinkled with cafes and tapas bars. Tarragona is a good choice if you only have a day or two to get out of Barcelona, otherwise the beaches further south or the remoter seaside villages to the north of Barcelona offer a more unique experience.

On Google Earth fly to: 41 06'56.51"N, 1 14'58.54"E

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Tarragona is on the main train line between Barcelona (1 hrs) and Alicante (2-3hrs), and also on the main line between Barcelona and Madrid (4 hrs). Note that it's best to buy train tickets a few days ahead during the high season to avoid getting stuck in one place. Tarragona è sulla principale linea feroviaria da Barcellona ( un'ora) 3 Alicante (2-3 ore), ed anche sulla linea principale fra Barcellona e Madrid (4 ore). ricordate che durante l'alta stagione è meglio comprare i biglietti qualche giorno prima per evitare di restare bloccati in un posto.

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All of Tarragona's sites are within walking distance of the train station. Taxis and local trains can take you further.

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  • Tarraco UNESCO World Heritage Site complex of Roman ruins including colosseum.
  • Universitat Rovira i Virgili
  • The beaches are north of town. Avoid pollution from the town's larger shipping port (one of the biggest in Spain) by walking a ways up the beach. There is a nice walk following the shoreline, about 6-7 km long, where you will find the five main beaches and several smaller ones.
  • Churches
  • Plazas
  • Museum of Archeology
  • Casc antic (old part of the city)

Major Events[Modifica sezione]

  • Tarragona International Dixieland Festival.

The unique dixieland festival in Spain and one of the most important in Europe: 25 bands and 100 concerts and activities the week before Holly Week.

  • Tarragona International Fireworks Displays Competition.

The most important fireworks contest in the Mediterranean area is held every first week of July in Tarragona, in a wonderful bay -Punta del Miracle-, a place praised by the famous architect Antoni Gaudí. The competition sellects six international pyrotechnic companies every year.

  • Santa Tecla Festival

One of the most important Spanish traditional festival, between 15th and 23rd September. It has been celebrated since 1321 and it has been considered of national touristic interest by Spanish government. Human towers, historical parades and fireworks are some of the main activities.

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There are not a lot of organized outdoor activities in Tarragona beyond strolling through the town, swimming at the beaches, and people watching in the plazas. One of the most beautiful parts of Tarragona is the old streets (Casc Antic), the ones near the cathedral, do not miss them.

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There are many interesting shops along the Rambla Nova and in the streets around it, as well as in the old part of the city. A lot of typical Catalan stuff can be bought there.

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Tarragona has a number of small bars, restaurants, and cafes serving the usual selection of tapas, bocadillos (sandwiches), and local seafood dishes. The best area to browse for tapas and full meals is from The Placa de la Font along the Carrer Major up to the Cathedral, with Carrer Nau and the Placa de Rei and Placa de la Forum particularly worthwhile.

The Serrallo neighbourhood near the fishing harbour has some excellent fish and seafood restaurants, which are particularly popular for Sunday lunch. There is a market hall just off the Rambla Nova in the middle of town where the basics of a good picnic can be bought cheaply.

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The nicest place to spend and evening is in one of Tarragona's many plazas with a glass of beer and plate of tapas. At night if you want to have some drinks and dance you should go to "El Port" (the port), there are a lot of pubs and dance locals there.

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The tourist offices at Carrer Fortuny in the New Town and Carrer Major in the Casc Antic can point you to hotel rooms at any budget.

Get out[Modifica sezione]

  • The nearby holiday resort of Salou is a popular destination.
  • Port Aventura One of Europe's largest amusement parks.