Top 10 Things to do in Tarragona, Spain

August 4, 2017 Marianna Hollaway

A city full of surprises with thousands of years of civilization just waiting to be explored. Dine under the vaults of the Roman circus, lose yourself in the charming alleys of the historic quarter. Discover the true World Heritage of Tarragona, a heritage of historic monuments and locations from Roman, medieval and modern eras. But it is also a heritage made of people, of human stories, of small moments. Tarragona reveals the essence of the Mediterranean.
Restaurants in Tarragona

1. Pont del Diable

Tarragona Sant Pere | Outside of Town on N240, 43006 Tarragona, Spain +34 977 34 20 69
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Pont del Diable

Reviewed By Bozeman-Dublin - Dublin, Ireland

We sort of stumbled on this magnificent Roman Aqueduct by accident while driving to Tarragona from Barcelona. It's right by the motorway and as we rounded a bend and it came into view our eyes nearly fell out of our heads with amazement.
It's absolutely massive and extraordinarily well preserved. There is parking right by it and a path that leads you right up to and on to it.
It dates all the way back to the 1st century and is just a wonderful thing to see. The best compliment I can pay it is that it is right up there with Segovia as one of the finest Aqueducts I have seen.
A fantastic surprise. Only a few kilometres, 4 or 5 maybe, from Tarragona and absolutely well worth a visit. If you don't have a car we saw public buses drop off and pick up here but I don't remember the bus number.

2. Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Primada de Tarragona

Placa de la Seu | Entrada por Carrer Mare de Deu del Claustre, 43003 Tarragona, Spain +34 977 22 69 85
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Primada de Tarragona

The Cathedral is dedicated to St Thecla and is erected at the top of the Acropolis or hill of the ancient city. Its construction began in the year 1171 and it was consecrated on 4 July 1331. Its foundations and later architectural development are located on the remains of an ancient Roman construction begun in the second quarter of the 1st century bc. and completed at the beginning of the Vespasian Empire (69-79 AD). The Cathedral is gothic in style. Its floor plan is in the form of a Latin cross, with three naves each with their own apses and transept. The head is of Romanesque tradition with half-point arches supporting the extension of the stone wall and pilasters following the new constructive techniques of the Gothic movement.

Reviewed By Bozeman-Dublin - Dublin, Ireland

This is a beautiful Cathedral in the heart of the equally beautiful town of Tarragona. The church is built in earlier Roman ruins and dates back to the 14th century. It has a wonderful charm and serenity with three huge naves and an ornate dome.
Entrance is very cheap , less than €5, can't remember exactly but very cheap. There is a very good audio guide available that tells you a lot about the building, the architecture and the iconography.
The Cathedral has a museum and treasury that are well worth taking in too.
Such a beautiful place, we really enjoyed our visit.

3. Casco Antiguo de Tarragona

Tarragona, Spain
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4.5 based on 397 reviews

Casco Antiguo de Tarragona

Reviewed By Vladimir1998 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Even though the "new" ("newer" is more accurate) town of Tarragona is nice, what's really the charm of the city is the old town.
Narrow cobblestone streets, great buildings, street artists, restaurants, shops, some Roman ruins here and there and, of course, the great squares where you can have a good (and usually very cheap) bite or drink. The Cathedral (at least on the outside) is a must, as is Plaça de la Font. Great town, do visit if in vacation on Costa Dorada or if it's in your way and you have some hours to spare.

4. Mediterranean Balcony

43003 Tarragona, Spain +34 977 25 07 95
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4.5 based on 966 reviews

Mediterranean Balcony

Reviewed By jacquelinemcevoy - San Francisco, California

I visited Tarragona for two nights, and then returned a few days later for another night. The Mediterreanean Balcony is so lovely. A very relaxing place to take in the sights, have an ice cream, spend time with your friends and family. And it overlooks the most wonderful and convenient beach for swimming!

5. Circ Roma

Rambla Vella s/n, 43003 Tarragona, Spain +34 977 24 19 52
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4.5 based on 663 reviews

Circ Roma

Reviewed By turnbuckle - Seattle, Washington

We came late in the day and almost ran out of time. I had no idea how extensive this site is. We spent probably 2 hours here. Also we bought the discounted pass for all 4 sites when we saw the first or the 4 Roman sites (amphitheater). Of the 4 sites, this was our favorite. Much of this site is excavated underground. There is history of Roman chariot races, Medieval towers, Civil war prison. Very well preserved.

6. Amfiteatre

Parc del Milagro, 43004 Tarragona, Spain +34 977 24 25 79
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Amfiteatre

Reviewed By bearcj - NJ

Was a little disappointed that we couldn’t go in as they were having some kind of special religious ceremony. Was still an amazing sight to see from the outside.

7. Monumento a los Castellers

Rambla Nova, 43004 Tarragona, Spain
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4.5 based on 579 reviews

Monumento a los Castellers

Reviewed By Mark B - Cesena, Italy

this Majestic monument is located along the rambla in Tarragona. it's a very important monument 'cos it's a symbol for the catalan. the human tower has conquered even the guiness world record.

8. Museu Nacional Arqueologic de Tarragona

Placa del Rei, 5, 43003 Tarragona, Spain +34 977 25 15 15
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4.5 based on 283 reviews

Museu Nacional Arqueologic de Tarragona

Reviewed By Lori M - Swindon, United Kingdom

We enjoyed our visit very interesting, we purchased the multi ticket which covers 4 sites for €7.40 which is good value. There's more to see than first thought with underground passages going under the road. It was fairly quiet too, probably allow an hour max.

9. Model of Tarraco

Antiga Audiencia, Placa del Pallol, 3, 43003 Tarragona, Spain +34 977 24 22 20
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4.5 based on 124 reviews

Model of Tarraco

Reviewed By vessi80 - North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Located near entrance to the Old City Walls and more or less opposite Pallol square. It was closed on Saturday as I left the fortifications so made sure I visited after my Cathedral stop.
The 'Maqueta' is a wonderful architectural model and you can appreciate it more if you've already been in Tarragona for a day or two and can then make out clear reference points. Fascinating to see what the city looked like in the second century.
Other impressive models are also on display including a fine one of the famous viaduct. Beautifully designed building which makes clever use of some of the original Roman stone. Free to enter. Remember though, on Sundays most museums and sites close at 2pm.

10. Murallas de Tarragona

Av. Catalunya s/n, Tarragona, Spain
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4 based on 511 reviews

Murallas de Tarragona

Reviewed By Bozeman-Dublin - Dublin, Ireland

Tarragona is a beautiful old town and its Roman walls are really beautiful. They are in extraordinarily good condition in places and they give the city a lovely charm.
They are tall and imposing and make for a lovely stroll if you follow them around. A small park runs by part of the walls and it's really pmeasant.
Along with the old town and the stunning Roman Amphitheatre, the walls make for a very pleasant visit.

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