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This vivid splash of colour against a crumbling white wall is a real eye-catcher and the kind of charming detail you stumble upon everywhere in Tarragona. Just 100 km south of Barcelona, this Catalonian city sits proudly on a hill fringed by golden sand and a paintbox blue Mediterranean. I visited on a Sunday in mid-Setptember when the sunshine and light were as as bright and intense as in high summer but all the tourists seemed to have gone home. During siesta time in the old city the streets were totally deserted and I felt that I had finally found the romantic, mysterious Spain I had dreamt of before the reality check of the 'Costa' culture. This place seems to have escaped the wall to wall visitors plague that afflicts most Spanish cities. Discovering it was an unexpected and delightful gift and I would absolutely recommend it as a destination.
Tarragona reveals itself in stages as you meander upwards to the old town high above the Mediteranean. The strategic benefits of this location were not lost on the Romans, who appropriated it as their own during the Punic Wars. Nearest the sea is the Amphitheatre which you can see in this photo and then higher up near the Placa Del Rei, are the Roman circus, the praetorium and the forum.
At the very top of the hill is the cathedral, not towering but rather hovering benevolently over the warren of small, mysteriously shadowed streets which surround it. By the time you arrive here, Roman Tarragona, spectacular as it is , definitely takes a back seat to the traditional atmosphere of this truly beautiful Spanish city. This page, completely and unapologetically ignores the newer parts of the city and the port. What I fell in love with was the old town, so walk through it with me and hopefully I can show you what it was about this place that completely bewitched me. The Roman remains I have described in the general tips section and the rest of the medieval city in things to do.
- Pros:Atmosphere, Architecture, Location, Few Tourists
- Cons:None that I noticed
- In a nutshell:As Spanish as you could hope for
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