Tarragona is a city that is well worth a visit to discover its essence. Declared a World Heritage Site, its stones contain its history, coming to life to show you the past of this great city.
There’s nothing like spending the day in Tarragona, on the shores of the Mediterranean, taking you back to the last Roman empire that its inhabitants today live alongside. Thanks to the historical reconstruction that has taken place, along with the work of archaeologists, historians and storytellers, the great history of this city has been shared and divulged, and all you have to do is visit it to find what it is all about.
Dine under the vaults of the Roman circus, get lost in the alleys of the old town, where the essence of the medieval city has remained intact or make vermouth immersed in more than 2,000 years of history. This is the true world heritage site of Tarragona!
There are 10 essential visits that are not to be missed if you visit Tarragona. The first one is the Cathedral, which dates back to the twelfth century, built in the highest part of the city, close to the Roman temple of worship of the emperor. If you want to really go back in time, we recommend that you go to see the model of the Roman Tarraco, which is a miniature 1:500 scaled reconstruction of the city during the 2nd century The Roman amphitheatre is another of the jewels of the city, a building that was designed for shows such as the fights between gladiators. Other monuments that transport you to the Roman period are the Praetorium and the Roman Circus, a must-see.
Secondly, a visit to its fine-grained, golden-sand beaches is a must, that will have you breathing in the Mediterranean climate that will relax your mind, as well as the aesthetic marina of the city where you can take in a unique enclave from the Mediterranean Balcony, availing of the vantage point to the open sea on the beach. The Serrallo is the typical fisherman neighbourhood where fish is auctioned during the evening. This picturesque area with personality is a very good area for dining in charming restaurants.
A final point worth mentioning is how the modern city coexists with its imperial past at plazas de la Font, del Fòrum and del rei, where you can enjoy a drink on the terraces and enjoy the atmosphere of the city. The Rambla Nova has become a must-see, thanks to being the main promenade in Tarragona, dating back to more than 150 years ago. It has a wide range of shops, making it perfect for taking a stroll, and the central market is just a stone’s throw away, an ideal place to buy fresh and seasonal products in a typical Tarragonian setting. This is a modernist building.