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Tarragona, Spain

Tarragona is the first large 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.

Climate

The climate of Tarragona can be described as a Mediterranean climate (Köppen Csa) bordering on a humid subtropical climate (Cfa) since August has more rainfall than winter months, which receive near or less than 30 mm (1.2 in). Winters are mildly cool and summers are hot and sultry, while the rainiest seasons are autumn and spring.

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Tarragona, Spain

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Tarragona is the first large 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.

Climate

The climate of Tarragona can be described as a Mediterranean climate (Köppen Csa) bordering on a humid subtropical climate (Cfa) since August has more rainfall than winter months, which receive near or less than 30 mm (1.2 in). Winters are mildly cool and summers are hot and sultry, while the rainiest seasons are autumn and spring.

Modern Tarragona

Tarragona is home to a large port and the Rovira i Virgili University. Much of its economic activity comes from a large number of chemical industries located south of the city.

The main living heritage is the Popular Retinue, a great parade of dances, bestiary and spoken dances - and the human towers. They specially participate in Santa Tecla Festival. They are so popular in Tarragona and also in all Catalonia that they have got their own home. It is called "Casa de la Festa", Festivities House, where you can visit them all year.

A number of beaches, some awarded a Blue Flag designation, line the Mediterranean coast near the city.

Tarragona is located near the resort of Salou and the amusement park PortAventura, one of the largest in Europe.

​Reus is the second city of Tarragona area, known by its commercial activity and for being the place where the architect Antoni Gaudí was born.

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Tarragona, Spain: Port Information


Cruise ships dock 10 minutes away from the town center.
There's a marina for smaller cruise ships and a berth for 2 cruise liners.
The port provides shuttle service.

Get around Tarragona, Spain


Tarragona's sites can be explored on foot. Taxis and local trains can take you further.

What to see in Tarragona, Spain


  • 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 way 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
  • National Archaeological Museum of Tarragona
  • Casc antic (old part of the city)
  • The

    Roman amphitheater

    , next to the sea, was built in the second century. Also, look out for the Roman Aqueduct. There are also Roman building pillars, and the recently discovered and partly excavated Roman chariot racing circuit located in the beautiful old town area.
  • Tarragona Cathedral

    , Cloister and Diocesan Museum
Major Events
  • Tarragona International Dixieland Festival - the week before Holy Week, end of March. he unique Dixieland festival in Spain and one of the most important in Europe: 25 bands and 100 concerts.  
  • Tarragona International Fireworks Displays Competition - first week of July. 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 selects six international pyrotechnic companies every year.  
  • Santa Tecla Festival - between 15th and 23rd September. 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 the Spanish government. Human towers, historical parades, and fireworks are some of the main activities.  
  • Tarragona Cultura Contemporania (TCC). October to April. Concerts, films in Original version, Theatre. L'associació cultural Anima't since 1994 produced a cultural program in Tarragona under the label of Tarragona Cultura Contemporània (TCC) together with a program of music and films in the original version of the October to April.  

What to do in Tarragona, Spain


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.
There is a cultural agenda.
The Tarragona 'Ajuntament' ie Town Council publishes a fortnightly online 'what's on' guide called 'publics' which can be accessed via the ajuntament website.

What to eat and drink in Tarragona, Spain


Eat

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 Plaça de la Font along the Carrer Major up to the Cathedral, with Carrer Nau and the Plaça del Rei and Plaça del Fòrum particularly worthwhile.
The Serrallo neighborhood near the fishing harbor 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.

Drink

The nicest place to spend an evening is in one of Tarragona's many plazas with a glass of beer and plate of tapas. 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.
  • The Burger Bar, Calle san fructuoso cinco - open all day. The Burger Bar has a unique atmosphere and the best Burgers and "Bocadillos" (Spanish sandwiches) available. You can also find a variety of Spanish tapas at affordable prices.

Shopping in Tarragona, Spain


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.

Safety in Tarragona, Spain


Be careful and use your common sense like in any other place.

Language spoken in Tarragona, Spain


Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken. 

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