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.
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.
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.