What I did and saw:
The “Balcón del Mediterráneo” offers amazing views of the Mediterranean Ocean. It is free to walk up to and I would recommended taking the walk down La Rambla to check out this amazing viewpoint.
Circ Roma and Amfiteatre-
Tarragona was formerly a prominent Roman colony during the era of the Roman Republic, and was the principal Roman city in Iberia during this time. Because of this, there are some Roman ruins in the city such as the Roman Circus and Amfitheatre that are worth checking out. There is a small fee to enter the sites, but most of them are easy to admire for free from the outside.
Murallas de Tarragona-
Another well preserved Roman site in the Catalonian city are the old city walls, or “Murallas de Tarragona.” There is a small fee to access the site, but entrance allows you to walk on the old city walls. It offers some nice views of Tarragona and a small glimpse into the city’s Roman past.
La Rambla Nova and Monumento a los Castellers-
Like other cities in Catalonia, Tarragona features a “Rambla,” that is a nice place to walk down. On one end of the Rambla is Tarragona is the Mediterranean Balcony (see above), and on the other end is a Monument to the “Castellers.” Castellers are the Catalonian groups best know for making “Castellets” (human towers).
Where I ate and drank:
Located in Plaça de la Font, Quattros Cerveceria is a nice place to eat. They offer pintxos, tapas, and a variety of other options such a Fideua. Also, it is relatively inexpensive.
Heladeria Rafa Gelati-
Heladeria Rafa Gelati is a nice place to grab a gelato or a cup of tea. Also, its coastal location offers some nice views of the Ocean.
Where I stayed:
Tarragona Hostel is an excellent budget option in Tarragona. It has a convienient, central location, and there are two outlets in each dorm bed. Also, the staff members were incredibly kind and helpful.
How I got around:
I arrived to Tarragona by train from the Barcelona area (about 90 minutes). Once in Tarragona I walked to get around from place to place.
My favorite thing:
Due to its history, Tarragona has some interesting Roman sites. Also, it is a beautiful city with a very nice beach, and it does not have the crowds that other European cities do.
My least favorite thing:
Tarragona is great for a day or a weekend, but after that you might run out of things to do. It doesn’t feature the plethora of options that nearby cities such as Barcelona do, but it is great for a short period of time.
For next time:
Next time in Tarrogona it would be nice to go when it is warm and spend some time at the beach. I would also like to check out the Aqueducts just outside the city.
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