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The roman city

Tarragona is a coastal town and it is a beautiful location to visit for the day. The city is renown for the remaining architecture from the Roman Empire. Besides the impressive architecture, there are also many restaurants and cafes to be discovered. For a tasty breakfast or lunch you can go to Tarragona’s fresh product market called Marcet Central. It is not only nice to enjoy some local products, but to also check out the impressive building both inside and outside. This town is also very arty and is especially famous for its street art at the Plaça dels Sedassos with its mural facade paintings. Not only during day but also at night there is a lot to experience in Tarragona as the squares and cafés are filled with people sipping wine; and nightclubs open until late.

The ruins from the Roman Empire

Tarragona’s ruins from the Roman era form part of the UNESCO world heritage sites. The city used to be called Tarraco and it was a large, important trade crossing. ?In Tarragona there are still many remains from the Roman era as seen in the impressive Amphitheatre at the beach, the Roman circus en aqueduct, the Roman City Walls and the old Roman city, previously Tarraco. The ruins from the Roman era are a real attraction and are continuously present throughout this old city of Tarragona.

Poblet monastery
The monastery called Monestir de Santa Maria de Poblet is a true historical gem approximately 50km from Tarragona city and in 1992 it was nominated as a UNESCO world heritage site. The monastery was set up by French monks and was supported financially by the earl of Barcelona from that time. The monastery’s goal was to be self-sufficient to survive without any help from outside. It was made up of farms, cemeteries, bakeries, a hospital, a pharmacy and even a prison. In the past lots of monks lived there, and now it is open to visitors.

Castellers

De Castellers (human tower) was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Humanity Site. Castells is a Catalan word and it means castle. The human tower is a cultural phenomena symbolizing Catalan Identity. This tradition started at the end of the 18th century in Valls, situated in the province of Tarragona where rivalling groups of people built increasingly taller towers. The whole of Catalonia can admire this show, especially during the summer period.

Accommodations in this area:

Casa Ceremines, Xerta - Tarragona