Tarragona

Tarragona

Discover Tarragona in La Costa Dorada

 

 

Tarragona is the capital of the county of Tarragonés.
This city was declared "World Heritage City" by UNESCO on the 30 of November of 2000, and from that point the city has made an intense effort to be more and more perfect to everyone!
In the year 45 BC and after constructing its walls and a port Julio Cesar designate this colony with the name of "Colonia Urbs Triumphalis Tarraconensis".

 

 

It is a splendid millenary city with a population of 109,557 in habitants. It presides, due to its importance and beauty, the entire area of the Costa Dorada. It was the origin of the Romanization of the Iberian Peninsula and afterwards of its Christianization. It boasts a unique Roman and medieval monumental collection. The Gothic Cathedral, the Roman walls and towers - with cyclopean bases - and other historical buildings and remains can be visited following the exceptional Paseo Arqueologico (Archaeological Avenue), atop which one can overlook a magnificent panorama of the interior district. There are plenty and excellent beaches: El Miracle, under the mirador of Rambla Nova, known as the "Balcony of the Mediterranean", La Arrabassada,2 km away, La Savinosa and Playa Llarga, a huge beach, one of the best on the Catalonian coast.

 

 

 

 Discover the city of Tarragona: our favorite places and addresses

 

Roman Circus - Sightseeing

Archaeological site

The Roman Circus of Tarragona is one of the most important places in our visit of Tarragona, one of the most interesting Archaeological sites and one of the most well preserved of the old Roman Empire.
Created during I A.D. this place played a huge role (leisure of course) during the empire domain
here was the place were carriages races pulled by horses were held. It had a capacity of 20.000 spectators.
Today one can still see some of the walls and vails that composed its structure.

Address : Rambla Vella s/n
Opening hours : Open Tuesday to Saturday from 9 to 21h. Closed on Monday.
Phone : 977 24 19 52

Roman Amphitheatre - Sightseeing

The Roman Amphitheatre of Tarragona is located at the end of "Rambla Vella" and the "Pg. de les Palmeres", the Amphitheatre is dated from the II. BC The whole place is got capacity for 13.000 spectators; they have been reconstructed to its original state. This was the place for the gladiators and for the hunt of wild animals. This was also the place were the sentenced were finally executed.
Over its foundations were built a Visigoth basilica (VI) and then a Roman church (XII).
In its interior one can still admire the remains of the church of "Sta. María del Miracle".
Open air monument.

Address : Parc del Miracle s/n.
Opening hours : Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 to 21h. Saturdays and holidays from 9 to 15h. Closed on Mondays.
Phone : 977 24 19 52

Archaeological Walk - Sightseeing

 

Caminata Arqueológica - Tarragona

Caminata Arqueológica - Tarragona

 

Caminata Arqueológica - Tarragona

The Tarragona Archaeological Walk goes along the most well preserved parts of the roman Archaeological walls surrounding Tarragona centre, including the "Minerva", "Cabiscol" and the "Arquebisbe" towers.
All these towers were constructed between the 3rd and the 2nd century B.C. on top of two lines of stones but on the Arquebisbe tower there were as many as 7 lines of stones

 

 

 

 

 

 

Address : Av. Catalunya, s/n
Opening hours : Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 to 21h and Sundays from 9 to 15h. .
Phone : 977 24 57 96

National Archaeological Museum - Museum

Tarragona National Archaeological Museum

Tarragona National Archaeological Museum

Tarragona National Archaeological Museum is the oldest museum in Catalonia of its kind. In its expositions salons it has archaeological pieces of the antique Tarraco, also has some pieces from the Romanization period. One can go along its different salons as you go up to the last floor of the museum.

Salon number 1 has part of the roman walls from its basement, so one can really see the magnitude of those huge walls as one go out of the museum and see the remaining of the walls.
In salon number 3 there is the famous "Medusa mosaic". In salon number 4 one can see the every day object used during the roman period and in salon number 5 an example of "Tarraco and the sea", the immense relation of the city with the sea.

Address : Plaza del Rei, 5
Opening hours : Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 to 20h. Sundays from 10 to 14h.
Phone : 977 23 62 09

Romanesque Remains - Sightseeing

Pont del Diable. Roman Aqueduct.

Located some 4 Km from Tarragona, this magnificent construction was built to bring water from the nearby Francolí river to the city. It has a total height of 27 meters and it is 217 meters long. Open air monument and not entrance needed.
It is a "world heritage monument".

Scipio s tower. Scipio s funerary family monument. Open air monument. No entrance needed.

N-340, Km 6, going to Barcelona.
This funerary monument consists of three well defined parts or blocks. The last block are figures that represent probably the famous person buried in this place. It probably lasted with a pyramid shape. The Scipions were a powered family with strong participation on the senate and this is just one of the ways they have to show that power. It is considered a "world heritage monument".
Bará's Arch. Open air monument. No entrance needed.

20Kms from Tarragona
The responsible of the construction of this roman triumphal arch was a powerful and well known man called "Lic Licini Sura" by the end of the 1st century. This is a 12 m high honorific construction and has Corinthian capitols. It was recently restored.
This is a "world heritage monument".

Tarragona Cathedral - Sightseeing

 

Catedral de Tarragona

The Cathedral of Tarragona is located right in front of the Gothic porches and next to the University of Tarragona.
Here you will see the most important collection of tapestries in Europe. It also has gothic paintings.

This building is a mix of romantic and baroque.

Address : Pla de la Seu
Phone : 977 23 86 85

Universal Mediterranea - Sightseeing

Theme Park

Universal Mediterranea is a Universal Studio's theme park on the Costa Daurada, the only one operated by the group in Europe. Universal Mediterranea is made up of the Universal Studios Port Aventura theme park, the Costa Caribe water park, the Hotel El Paso, the Hotel Port Aventura and a Beach Club.

 

Universal Studios Port Aventura

 

The park has five themed areas: the enchanting MEDITERRANIA, exotic POLYNESIA, the ancient civilization of CHINA, festive MEXICO and the wild FAR WEST. The park has a multitude of exciting rides, colourful shows, a wide variety of restaurants, etc., in short - it is a fantastic experience for the whole family.

 

Walter Lantz's popular cartoon characters, Woody Woodpecker and his companion Winnie, together with the muscular Popeye and his girlfriend, Olive Oyl, the Pink Panther, and other friends, are your hosts in the park.

 

Click here for more information on tickets and daily passes

 

Hotel Port Aventura and Hotel El Paso

The 4-star, Mediterranean-themed Hotel Port Aventura opens its doors for the first time in March 2002. The Hotel El Paso also has 4 stars but will have a Mexican setting and will open in July. The guests of both hotels will have exclusive services, such as a private beach area.

 

Costa Caribe

The water park has an area of 4,200 square metres of artificial beaches, a dozen attractions and a covered area for winter.

Address : Avenida Pere Molas
Phone : 977.77.90.90

Aqualeon- Aquapark - Sightseeing

Aqualeon

Aqualeon- Aquapark is open air safari with more than six hundred animals roaming free. Incredible shows with marine animals, intelligent birds, birds of prey and reptiles. The water park has spectacular slides, a giant-wave pool, a long tube, straight slides, river rapids, twist-twist and children's pool. Other facilities include a mini zoo, nature school, beach volleyball, a la carte and self service restaurants, cafés and souvenir shops.

Address : Finca Les Basses, s/n
Phone : 977687656

Aquopolis - Sightseeing

 

Aquopolis

Aquopolis in La Pineda (Vila-seca) has a full range of aquatic attractions: the 50 km per hour Kamikaze slide, the fascinating and surprising Black Hole, Aquamania - a triple slide that combines thrills and laughs, straight slides, twisting slides, river rapids, a wave pool, a hydrotherapy pool, and an American swimming pool with nets, rings, pulleys and other fun things. There is an area for small children with their own special attractions and a games area for all the family with minigolf, bumper boats and other fun and games.

Address : Passeig de Pau Casals, 65
Phone : 0034 902 345 011

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1 comment

  1. Tarragona - francesco Venuti (11 Aug 2012 - 10:30)

    Sto leggendo i romanzi di Alicia Gimenez Bartlett e mi documento sui luoghi, che sono splendidi e mi ricordano la Sicilia.

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