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Pictures Tarragona Spain near Barcelona

Tarragona near Barcelona. Pictures and information about the lovely city of Tarragona which is just 1 hour south of Barcelona by car or train. Tarragona is the capital of the Spanish province of the same name and the capital of the Catalan comarca Tarragonès. Tarraco was established after the Roman army landed on the Iberian Peninsula in 218 BC during the Second Punic War between the Romans and Carthaginians over control of the Mediterranean. In Roman times Tarragona was the most important city in Hispania. It was the capital of Roman provinces Hispania Citerior and later the province Hispania Tarraconensis. Tarraco was founded in the 1st century BC and is the oldest Roman settlement on the Iberian Peninsula and the oldest walled Roman city outside Italy.

day tours from Barcelona to Tarragona


The Roman imperial city was called Tarraco (full name Colonia Iulia Urbs Triumphalis Tarraco.) There are many impressive Roman ruins in Tarragona, including the amphitheatre, a Roman circus, Roman walls, and a Roman aqueduct outside the city. The Roman ruins of Tarraco are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


The Amphitheatre of Tarragona is right on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea by Platja del Miracle beach.  Every year in May Tarragona organises a wonderful Roman festival called Tarraco Viva during which you can see re-enactments of gladiator fights in the amphitheatre


La Platja del Miracle


Tarragona's Roman aqueduct known as El Pont del Diable which means "The devil's bridge"


Tarragona has a wonderful Gothic quarter in what was the Roman high area of Tarraco.


Tarragona Cathedral. The cathedral lies on the old site of the Roman Temple of Augustus. There is an admission fee to see the Cathedral, cloister and Diocesan museum.


Tarragona cathedral cloister


Tarragona cathedral cloister gardens


Roman walls of Tarragona


Most shops in old part of Tarragona close during lunch hours


El Monument als castellers - human towers monument in Tarragona on Ramba Nova by  Catalan sculptor Francesc Anglès i Garcia. The castellers tower formation is a a 4 x8. It was unveiled on  29th May 1999. Among the faces in the piña bottom section (pineapple) are artists Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró.

Statue human towers Tarragona - monument als castellers

Well preserved remnants of Roman circus at Tarragona


Replica of Caesar Augustus statue near the Roman walls of Tarragona. The emperor Augustus took up residence in Tarragona to directed his military campaigns against the tribes of Cantabria and Asturias and so Tarraco became the de facto capital of the Roman empire for a while. 


The medieval part of Tarragona has many partial Roman ruins.


Gecko in Tarragona's Miracle park


Day Tour to Tarragona from Barcelona

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