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Roman amphitheatre Tarragona

Image: Tarragona's Roman amphitheatre. Photo credit: Patronat de Turisme de la Diputació de Tarragona-Costa Daurada (c) Alberich Fotògrafs

The city of Tarragona

Majestically situated on a rocky hill, standing high above the sea, Tarragona is an ancient place. The first settlers were Iberians, followed by Carthaginians; and later Tarragona was used as the base for the Roman conquest of the peninsula.

Tarraco became the capital of Rome's eastern Iberian province, leading to the building of various temples and monuments in and around the city. Some of the most impressive monuments include the Passeig Arqueologic with its Roman walls, the Forum, the Amphitheatre (photo, left) and the Aqueduct.

Today, Tarragona is one of the most important ports in the country. Not only is there an industrial port, but also the recently opened Port Esportiu, where, as well as looking at the leisure boats at their moorings, you can also visit a number of bars and restaurants.

Further along the coast, various beaches can be found, including the Arrabassada and Platja Llarga, famous both for their beauty and their cleanliness.

Tarragona holds its local 'fiesta' in September, the feast of Santa Tecla, which includes many cultural events, open-air concerts and firework displays, all of which illustrate the city's colourful and welcoming character.