"Extranero en Tarragona (+2 years)" Top 5 Page for this destination Tarragona by DSwede
Tarragona Travel Guide: 356 reviews and 884 photos
The first time I worked in Tarragona, I stayed in Barcelona for the first few weeks and made the commute to Tarragona each day. I ultimately worked and lived in Tarragona for about a year, but made several return visits to see friends in the area and also for other work assignments.
The most recent time I worked here, I stayed again for nearly a year. And similar to last time, lived in Barcelona for a few months in order to simplify my multiple commutes depending on the day, some north some south. But as always, I've visited again, even after my last assignment there.
Tarragona's ancient name was Tarraco, which was the Roman capital of Spain, so when you walk around the old part of town, you are really walking around the OLD part of town.
My first time here (2003) was supposedly the hottest summer in the last couple of decades. OK, Spain gets hot, but it has been above 100F (38C) at my job site for over 7 weeks straight and no rain in ~80 days. I'd say that on average only 1/3 of the people here have A/C, and this area is known for its heat. But one thing is nice, your laundry dries in less than 10 minutes.
Living in Tarragona, I used this as a base camp to visit Prades, the nearby Cambrils and Salou, Sitges; and even a train journey to Granada and Sevilla. I even got out to run with the bulls in Pamplona. On one assignment in '03 I also made it to the mountains to see Le Tour de France as it came through the Spanish town of Bosost. Also toured many places of Catalunia, from nearby Monastery de Poblet to Andorra. For all places within easy reach of Tarragona and some of my general thoughts of Spain, check here.
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Third week in September (~9/14 ~ 9/24) - This week in Tarragona is filled with festivities to honor Santa Tecla, the local saint. Not that they need any other excuses to stay up late with loud music or fireworks, but now they add the extras of road closures, parades and street performances. Most of it was pretty good, but after 10 days you just want the 6am concerts to stop. Regardless, this is the time when they have the contest of the Castellers, or the human tours, which is famous in Tarragona.
But other times of the year, Tarragona makes room for the Castellers. It is a unique event in Catalunia, centered in Tarragona, to watch the gangs construct towers of people.
- Pros:Easily accessible from Barcelona by a train/bus in about an hour.
- Cons:You may have to speak twice before people change from Catalan to Spanish.
- In a nutshell:Tarragona is much more deserving of a stop than its given credit for, it has a wonderful coastal location and ancient roots.
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