Quick visit to Tarragona

Anfiteatro Romano de Tarragona

Tarragona is a city of contrasts: its constant contact with the sea has forged it as a cosmopolitan city that welcomes visitors with open arms and leaves them knowing that those who visit it will sooner or later come back. Its fishing tradition finds its way into every corner and you can taste it in every restaurant, because gastronomy is one of the strengths of the city.

Also, a trip has to have a visit to the beaches: no matter if you go to the amazing beaches of Playa Larga, rocky tranquility of La Mora and the wild nature of Montroig. Any of them will captivate you!

 

And there is also space for music and art: the three summer months become a constant venue for concerts, festivals, exhibitions and conferences for everyone. Surely you find more than one event that interests you! But also, Tarragona is history: don’t you know, yet, the Roman Tarragona?

Escape to Roman Tarragona: a past that comes alive

Tarraco was the name given in Roman times, and today you can still see many vestiges of what was once one of the most dazzling cities of the Empire: that’s why it was the capital of Tarragona province, occupying almost two thirds of the Iberian Peninsula.

The circus

 

 

One of the best preserved of all the Empire, still easy to imagine the chariot gliding speed. The bleachers and part of the facade are preserved.

The walls

The walls of Tarraco measure for about 1 kilometer in the Archaeological trail, along with parts of the medieval city wall, surrounding what was, at the time, the walled city, ie, what is now the old town.

The amphitheater

 

Built in s. II d. C., it was the place where the gladiators fought, among many other shows. You can still enjoy the stands and incredible views over the Mediterranean Sea.

The provincial Forum

It was here that all decisions that pertain to the entire province has taken and therefore their size was huge: over 17 hectares in which religious, administrative and cultural buildings were concentrated.

The early Christian necropolis

 

This cemetery is the most important of all the western Mediterranean, and was in use from the s. III to the s. V. No doubt, a visit is really impressive.

Local Forum

Located near the current market, this is where the public life of the city was concentrated: part of a paved street, columns, remains of the basilica and shops that were installed in the arcades of the square are preserved

In addition, every May Tarraco revives thanks to the festival Tarraco viva, held for 10 days and allows the city to be full of historical re-enactments, crafts, Roman cuisine and even wine made according to the imperial tradition. Dare to live the history of Rome as you’ve never done with this trip to Tarragona!

 

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