Sitting 30 minutes north from the resort of Salou in the Costa Dorada and sharing the name of the province for which it is the main city Tarragona is a wealth of culture, history and beauty. Discovered by the Romans around 200 years before the founding of its more famous neighbour Barcelona, this is a city whose story is well worth discovering.
When it comes to tourism Tarragona is a travellers paradise of diversity and adventure. Developed beside the Mediterranean Sea with a large port and 13km of fine golden white coastline with several beautiful Blue Flag beaches, it’s obvious why the Romans made this their Iberian capital when they landed here back in the 5th century BC.
Salou is a great cost city, with a lot of nice restaurants and shops. And we do understand why you would love to have a Zara in Salou, we would to. But the shops mainly sell the typical holiday stuff. Sometimes you can be lucky to find some clothing in these shops or in more local shops in Salou. But if you are looking specifically for a Zara, then you need to go either to Reus or Tarragona, which is the larger cities next to Salou.
The Tárraco Tren in Tarragona
Travelling by Tárraco Tren around the city you will see many of the structures built by the Romans. A must visit is the amphitheatre, built overlooking the sea. As you enter you can almost see the gladiators fighting lions and christians. Imagine the excitement of chariots and horses zooming past as the Romans cheered them on at the Roman Circus. At the Praetorium you can stand where the roman forum discussed and debated important matters of state and law on a regular basis.
The old roman ruins blend seamlessly into the Medieval and Modernist architecture and out into the interesting city that is Tarragona today. Amble down Rambla Nova to enjoy some fabulous local shops and boutiques or sit and take in the local culture over a drink and some tapas.
Take shade from the blistering summer sun with a visit to Parc Central, its impressive 120 shops are all under one roof.
If outdoor Markets are more your thing then you will be ecstatic to discover that Tarragona has a different outdoor market every day from Tuesday to Sunday. Clothing, food or antiques, there is a market day for them all and on Fridays there is a market for all three.
Easy acces to Tarragona
Getting to the city is easy as there are a number of options depending on whether you are coming from the neighbouring city or resorts. From Barcelona city and Josep Tarradellas – El Prat International Airport you can catch a bus or the train. If you are coming from Cambrils, Salou or La Pineda then there is a local bus that operates on a 30 minute schedule.
There is always plenty to do on holidays in the Costa Dorada no matter what time of the year. From amazing golden beaches, theme parks and entertainment, it’s always a fun filled experience. A day out to Tarragona is always a worthwhile trip, be sure you put it top of your holiday to-do list.