Tarragona Itinerary

Tarragona is a city on Costa Dorada – Spanish Golden Coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is located near Barcelona, so it makes a good destination for a day-trip. There are a lot of charming parts of Roman buildings available for exploration. The historical center of Tarragona is quite compact, so one-day itinerary should be enough to get the feeling of this city. Below you will find a list of things that I chose to see in this city in the order of how I visited them.

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The Ferreres Aqueduct

Les Ferreres Aqueduct near Tarragona, Spain - itinerary for traveling to Tarragona

I took a roadtrip from Barcelona to Tarragona in a car, which was very convenient to visit The Ferreres Aqueduct (also known as Pont del Diable) located 4 kilometers to the north of the city. There is a parking lot and a park that leads to the Aqueduct. It looked impressive in pictures and was something different from ordinary ruins. The Aqueduct was quite high and it was possible to climb up on a side of it to go over and use it as a bridge.

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This was the first time in my life when I saw an Aqueduct, and I was quite impressed by its hights (27 meters at the highest point). It must have taken a lot of work to build such a building in the ancient times.

Roman theatre of Tarraco

Teatre Romà de Tarragona, Spain

This Roman theatre was the first thing that I had included in my itinerary because it was on the way from parking lot to the Tarragona center. In the first moment, it was not clear, where the ruins are, as this place looked like a construction site, complete with a high fence. There were some informational posters and some ruins visible, but I felt a bit unimpressed by what was left of this site to the current time.

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I haven’t included this point on the city map. If you don’t have much time for visiting Tarragona, there are other more interesting things to explore in this city.

Roman Wall Of Tarragona

Roman Wall Of Tarragona, Spain

In the Roman times, the city of Tarragona was surrounded by an impressive stone wall. Nowadays a well-preserved section of this wall is around 1 kilometer long. There is an entry fee, but it is worth to see this impressive building. As the wall is quite high, it offers some marvelous views of the Tarragona city and Mediterranean sea. It is interesting to notice, how the original rough wall has been topped up with stones of a different structure during the medieval times.

There are many ancient towers and gates. Near the outer wall, several cannons are displayed. And the best part for me – there were two cozy cats sleeping on a wall.

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Tarragona Cathedral

Catedral de Tarragona, Spain

Near the Roman wall of Tarragona, there is a Tarragona Cathedral. It is an impressive building. In front of it, there is a square with some restaurants, so it is possible to enjoy a quick meal with the view of the Cathedral.

Tarragona Amphitheatre

Amfiteatre de Tarragona, Spain

Near the Tarragona Cathedral, there is Tarragona Amphitheatre. This is a well reconstructed and impressive building. Its stones had been used to build the basilica, it was even once a prison for the prisoners, who were constructing the port.

There is an entrance fee for visiting the Tarragona Amphitheatre, but I would suggest enjoying the impressive building from a viewing point on the right side of the entrance. This way you would see the whole building, and the surrounding city and the Mediterranean sea as well.

Tarragona map and itinerary for visiting the must-see places

Your turn:

Have you ever explored ancient ruins? What were your impressions?

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6 Comments

  1. Beautiful city! Do you ever wonder what it would have been like to live way back when the theater was in use? Knowing what we know now, so I guess time travel for a week or so. Probably not, I’m probably just weird!

    1. Now when we go and see these ruins, it’s just something interesting to do on a vacation. I have also had some thoughts about how it would be to go back in time and see the magnificence of the complete buildings and not just ruins. But then my rational mind takes over. If I went back, I’d be a blonde girl in a time, when women didn’t have many rights. I wouldn’t be able to communicate, because of how the language has changed over time. And what is the knowledge, that I now possess? Yes, we have these cool technologies, discoveries, know that the world is round. But would I know it without google? I couldn’t draw a map of Europe in details. I couldn’t create electricity or anything from the cool things that we use now. Probably the only good knowledge I could explain to the people in the past is that you have to wash your hands often.
      Umm, I got carried away a bit. But I have been thinking about this, and my conclusion is that I wouldn’t want to go back in time. If I had a chance, I’d much better see what the future holds.

  2. I’ve never heard about this place before reading your informative post. Tarragona seems to be an awesome city ! I like historical places so I would probably enjoy visiting this lovely old city. All places where ancient civilizations thrived are on my travel list

  3. I super love Spain! Is one of those places that I imagined living in. Thank you for sharing this itinerary. It’s such an informative post! Wish I had heard about this place while I was traveling. 🙂

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