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Many remnants of its Roman past.

How did we ever end up at Tarragona? We can hear you think that. For a young couple with two kids it?s maybe more ?normal? to go to Salou for example. But we?re not normal people! We are part of VT and we do like our fair share of culture an exploring the surroundings.

Considering this wish and the wishes of the children Tarragona is maybe the perfect spot to be honest. Tarragona has preserved many remnants of its Roman past and as the capital of Tarraconensis, the Romans used it as a base for the conquest of the peninsula in the 3the century BC. Enough to explore for us. The children were able to go to the beach, as Tarragona is situated right at it. How about that? Everybody happy!

Our theory ...

Our theory is that in 15-20 years, this place will be full of tourists. But as of now it appears to be unknown. Part of the reason may be that a massive excavation process is still underway - but there is so much already available that it is a sight to see, indeed.

The remains of many Roman buildings are to be found at Tarragona - the forum, the palace of Augustus, called the house of Pilate, the circus or amphitheatre, and the aqueduct, known as the Puente del Diablo. The colonial forum has been excavated and sits in the center of town - frankly, not treated like the historic relic that it is. It used to be the political/religious/judicial hub of the area, there was even a statue of Augustus found inside during excavation. The circus is still being uncovered, and looks to be the most amazing of the discoveries.

  • Last visit to Tarragona: Jun 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • adema29's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    We have passed through Tarragona few days ago on our way to Valencia. Very nice city, indeed!

  • May 6, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    English is not spoken much anywhere in Catalunya, even in the cities. Their second language is Spanish and I have heard more than one story about English-only speakers getting ignored. 'a lluego

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Hello, Jeroen, you have wonderful pages here at VT! Thanx, my virtual friend!

  • pixlestar's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Really useful tips on Tarragona. Very well written too.

  • Pinat's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2009 at 11:09 PM

    I've never been to Spain but loved your tips on Tarragona. Oopss, and now I see that it's your birthday today. Happy birthday and have a great year with those lovely kids of yours!

  • zumodemango's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2009 at 3:05 AM

    nice family trip mix with culture!eva

  • Mar 17, 2009 at 5:14 AM

    Great information and pictures

  • Mar 12, 2008 at 6:42 AM

    FIVE STAR TIPS. well done!!! :)

  • Ekaterinburg's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2007 at 9:24 AM

    Wonderful page on Tarragona with amazing attention to detail. I don't understand the cathedral being listed under tourist traps though. Your photos are superb and this brought back very happy memories for me. Brilliant page:))

  • DSwede's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2007 at 6:55 PM

    Glad you enjoyed your time there. It is a nice city. I hope to have time to read through your page soon


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