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Concurs de Castells de Tarragona

Tarragona Castle Competition 2016 - Human towers

Event date:
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October 2016

Event location:
Tarraco Arena Plaça (TAP) Tarragona, Spain

Next edition is 2024

Concurs de Castells Tarragona 2016. Tarragona Castle Competition is a 2 day human tower building event and contest among 30 of the best castells groups (colles) in Catalunya which takes place every 2 years on the first weekend of October. This is without doubt the biggest and most important castells event in the world not least after human towers building became a UNESCO world heritage treasure.  

This is the only event of the castells season when castells groups are awarded points for performances and an overall champion is announced making this event the unofficial Castells world cup. Nearly 7,000 spectators enjoy this exciting event live at the former Tarragona bull ring "plaza de toros" now called Tarraco Arena Plaça (TAP)  

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Hotels in Tarragona

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Event address & map

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Carrer de Major, 39
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How to get to Tarragona from Barcelona

Tarragona is a coastal city 1 hour south of Barcelona by car or train. It is the capital of the Spanish province of the same name and the capital of the Catalan comarca Tarragonès.

Tarragona was a Roman imperial city found before called Tarraco. There are many impressive roman ruins in Tarragona, including the partial ruins of Amphitheatre of Tarragona a Roman circus, Roman walls and the Roman aqueduct.

The Roman ruins of Tarraco have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In May every year Tarragona organises a Roman festival called Tarraco Viva.

It is easy to get to Tarragona from Barcelona by car, by train, by bus or on a Day tour from Barcelona.

Pictures Tarragona Spain
Day Tours Tarragona from Barcelona

How to get to Tarragona from Barcelona

By Train

There are many daily train connections from Barcelona to Tarragona both regional trains (travel time 1 hour and 20 minutes) and high-speed AVE trains (travel time 30 to 60 minutes.)
The regular are more convenient for 1 day trips to Tarragona to visit the Roman ruins. The high speed station is inland - Take the Plana bus service to get to and from “Camp de Tarragona” train station to the Tarragona bus station.

The regular trains arrive on the coast and there is a walk-way up to the gothic area and Roman ruins. Please note the aquaduct is 4km outside Tarragona and best reached by car, taxi or as part of a tour.

By Car

Take the AP-7 motorway or N-340 road to get to Barcelona. The N-420 road goes to Reus.
Google maps Barcelona -Tarragona

By Bus

Take the bus to and from Tarragona bus station which has bus companies for domestic routes like ALSA and for international routes Eurolines  
Take the Plana bus service to get to and from “Camp de Tarragona” train station to the Tarragona bus station.
ALSA buses has daily bus routes to Tarragona from Barcelona

Flights / Airport

Nearest airports to Tarragona are Barcelona airport and Reus Airport.

Hotels in Tarragona

Where to stay in Tarragona. There are a few nice choices to stay near the Roman ruins. There are no hotels in the Tarragona gothic area itself.

Hotels Tarragona
Hotel Lauria near Roman ruins
Alexandra Aparthotel near Roman ruins
hotel Sant Jordi
hotel AC Tarragona
Apartments Tarragona
Apartment Solatwin

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01.10.2016 - 02.10.2016
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