Tarragona was such an exciting city to wander around especially the charming alleys of the historic quarter. We were advised to get off the bus at the bottom of the Rambla Nova as from there we could walk into the Old Town and see the many ancient ruins and remains from its time as Tarraco under the Romans.
In old times different kinds of shows were held here – gladiator fights, wild animal hunts (it was built near the beach where the animals disembarked at the end). It’s hard to believe that this beautiful site was also a place of public executions, something that people enjoyed watching back then.
Near to the Amphitheatre is the Praetorium and Roman Circus.
The Roman circus is 300 metres long and was built in the 1st century.
Some of the vaults of the circus are well preserved, and other parts of the structure have been incorporated in buildings constructed later.
Chariot races were held here between different teams although these could be quite dangerous and sometimes the competitors died.
La Rambla Nova
La Rambla Nova is the main avenue of Tarragona. It is 45 metres wide with a beautiful tree-lined walkway in the middle. Walking along La Rambla, we passed fountains, sculptures (The Monument of the Human Tower is one of them), shops and cafes. We took our time in this area as we had done a lot of walking so kept sitting down on the many benches to rest and just take in our surroundings and the lovely detail in some of the buildings also to watch people stroll by.
What to See
Another place to see is the Diocesan Museum which was founded in 1844 and had an impressive collection of Roman artefacts, paintings, tapestries, woodcarvings etc. There is also a lovely garden in the middle of the cloister.
We preferred to walk around Tarragona just taking breaks when we were tired, but there is a small tourist train that goes around the main attractions situated at the bottom of La Rambla.
How to get here
The nearest major airport to Tarragona is Reus Airport (REU/LERS).
The distance between the airport and Tarragona is 12 miles via A-7 or T-11
Another major airport is Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN/LEBL) and is 92 km from Tarragona
There are so many amazing places to visit which sometimes we can’t get to with our motorhome, so we often hire a car for a few days to explore more.
We take out an annual car hire excess insurance with insure4carhire.
RentalCars.com is the company we use if hiring from a campsite but if we are flying into an airport we use Zest Car Hire which usually has the best deals but can only be picked up from an airport or hotel.
Where we stayed:
We have used 2 campsites in the Tarragona area
Camping Park Playa Bara,
Passeig Tarragona, Roda de Bera,
Mas de Marti,
Tarragona 43883 ES
GPS: N41º10’12.5″ E1º28’10.1″ / 41.170124, 1.469465
Camping Playa Bara feels more like a 5-star hotel resort than a campsite as it is maintained to a very high standard. It is beautifully landscaped and designed with an ancient Roman theme in mind (in honour of nearby Tarragona). Read more...
Camping Torre de la Mora S.A. Cat 1
GPS: N41° 7’44” E1° 20’39”
Torre de la Mare is a large terraced campsite set amongst pine trees with lots of shady pitches. The considerable benefit of this site is the stunning location overlooking two bays and built out on a headland with terraced pitches to the upper levels providing staggering views. Read more...