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Travel Guide
Tarragona Cathedral showing a garden and heritage architecture as well as a large group of people

Explore this Catalonian beach city for the relics and antiques left by the Romans: museums, old city walls and an amphitheater.

Tarragona is a historic beach city in the Spanish region of Catalonia. It is known for ruins left over the last two millennia from the Roman occupancy of the area. Look for museums and remnants, including a recovered amphitheater. Then, soak up the beauty of this area on the Costa Dorada as you sunbathe on the warm sand at L’Arrabassada Beach and take a cool dip in the Mediterranean Sea. Relax in the sun with a picnic on the beach.

Visit the National Archeological Museum to see remnants left from the Roman rule of the country. Browse intriguing sculptures, mosaics and ceramics as well as everyday items left by the Romans, such as clothes and coins. Make a trip to the Tarragona Roman Wall, built in the third century B.C. Its towers and wall sections have survived after many centuries. See the Portal de Sant Antoni, a gate on the old city barricade. Built in 1737, the baroque arch is the sole surviving entrance of the walls.

Head to the Tarragona Amphitheatre, a second-century Roman arena that had a capacity of about 15,000 spectators. Learn about the rich and, at times, brutal history surrounding the landmark, including the persecution and execution of citizens.

Make your way to the Tarragona Cathedral. Admire its remarkable façade with engraved arches, intricate window decorations and large portal doors. It was first built in the 12th century, although it has been renovated and rebuilt many times since then. The Figures of the Apostles built into a column by the entrance and an Adam and Eve impression in the gate are particularly elegant.

Explore the first-century Tarragona Circus where horse-drawn carriage races took place. It houses around 20,000 spectators. Take a tour of the arena and imagine the exciting sports and enthusiastic fans from almost 2,000 years ago.

Transportation to the Tarragona area is easy via many links from Barcelona. Tarragona is an ideal retreat for spending an afternoon at the beach or browsing museums to see Roman artifacts.

Where to stay in Tarragona

Forum Tarragona
Forum Tarragona
2 out of 5
Plaça de la Font, 37, Tarragona, Cataluña
The price is $49 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Located in Old Town Tarragona, this hostal is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza de la Font and Tarragona Port. Parroquia de Sant Francesc d'Assís and Tarragona Historical ...
3.1/5 (94 reviews)
Only last resort
"Tiny room. 'window' opened to central gap. Heating poor, thin blanket, cold through the night. Coffee machine took my euro and gave me coffee, however lack of cup appearing made it difficult to drink. Automated check in and drop ox check out."

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2020

Forum Tarragona
AC Hotel Tarragona by Marriott
AC Hotel Tarragona by Marriott
4 out of 5
Avinguda de Roma, 8, Tarragona
The price is $70 per night from Sep 3 to Sep 3
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Plaza Imperial Tarraco and Tarragona Port. Central Park Shopping Center and Paleo-Christian ...
4.3/5Excellent! (539 reviews)
"Pleasant hotel in great location. Staff was very friendly as well."

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2019

AC Hotel Tarragona by Marriott
H10 Imperial Tarraco
H10 Imperial Tarraco
4.5 out of 5
Rambla Vella, 2, Tarragona
The price is $101 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 6
Located in the heart of Tarragona, this luxury hotel is steps from Roman Circus, Mediterranean Balcony, and Tarragona Amphitheatre. National Archaeological Museum ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (48 reviews)
"Very nice hotel, very clean, excellent location and beautiful view. I would definitely stay again."

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2021

H10 Imperial Tarraco
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Port Plaza Apartments
Port Plaza Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Plaça dels Carros 12, Tarragona
The price is $140 per night from Aug 31 to Aug 31
Located in the heart of Tarragona, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tarragona Port, Tarragona Amphitheatre, and Roman Circus. National Archaeological ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (49 reviews)
Excellent value
"The building is near the marinas and supermarkets, and walking distance to the fishing village restaurants and city centre which is uphill but once you are there has great views over the Med."

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

Port Plaza Apartments
Camping Caledonia
Camping Caledonia
2 out of 5
Antiga Carretera Nacional 340 Km 1172, Tamarit, Tarragona
Situated near the beach, this campground is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tamarit Beach and Altafulla Beach. La Mora Beach and Cala de la Mora are also within 2 mi (3 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (18 reviews)
"La tienda safari está genial. El personal es super amable en todo momento. Y todas las instalaciones súper limpias"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2021

Camping Caledonia
Torre de la Mora
Torre de la Mora
2 out of 5
N-340 Km.1171 - Urb.La Mora, Tarragona, Catalonia
Nestled on the beach, this La Móra campground is within a 10-minute walk of La Mora Beach and Cala de la Mora. Cala Fonda and Tamarit Beach are also within 2 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (20 reviews)
Beautifully set in very clean campsite.
"Set in beautiful grounds with very class se proximity to the beach. Gardens and walkways were kept very clean and tidy. We stayed from Tuesday to Sunday. First night was very quiet, you could Alamos S.A. we had the place to ourselves, next day a group of about 50-60 school children turned up, 13-15 ..."

Reviewed on May 15, 2017

Torre de la Mora
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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