The Roman route introduces visitors to the history of Tarragona through excursions to the city’s main surviving monuments from the ancient Roman era, when the city was at the peak of its splendour. In November 2000, the city succeeded in having the ancient Roman archaeological complex of Tarraco declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The city of Tarragona features several major monuments dating from its mediaeval past. Its abundant Roman ruins are therefore supplemented by a rich mediaeval artistic heritage best epitomised by the city’s cathedral, which offers outstanding examples of art and architecture from the Middle Ages. This route was designed to acquaint visitors with this part of the city’s past, weaving a single tour from the area’s many mediaeval monuments and sites of interest.
The area is home to a wealth of Catalan Modernist architecture, the unique form of Art Nouveau that took on its own personality in this part of the world at the end of the 19th century. Drawing their inspiration from nature, Catalan Modernist architects breathed life into new concepts based on colour, curves and fantastical creatures and the area abounds with examples of their genius. Reus is also home to the Gaudí Centre Reus, a fascinating museum featuring interactive exhibits about the brilliant Reus native and undeniably one of the most highly respected architects of all time.
Tarragona and its surroundings are home to numerous sites of religious and historic interest. From its magnificent cathedral and cloister in the heart of the historic quarter to the beautiful art of the chapels and churches in every neighbourhood from throughout the ages, visitors interested in religious sightseeing will have plenty to do here.
The Cistercian route is located inland from the Costa Daurada and links three monasteries belonging to the Cistercian Order dating back to the 12th century. The Monastery of Poblet, declared World Heritage by UNESCO, still retains all its monastic activity as religious life is still present.
Tarragona’s wine regions first started to stand out for their excellence as far back as the 12th century. Tarragona’s winemakers have overcome numerous difficulties over the centuries to produce their exquisite wine, which has garnered international renown and respect for its high quality. With six designations of origin wine and a large part of its territory covered under the designation of origin cava, the Costa Daurada has a remarkable variety of vineyard landscapes where you can visit wineries, walk among the vineyards and attend festivals, wine tasting or wine pairing lunches.
Frequent sunny weather and an average yearly temperature of 18 ºC make Tarragona an exceptional location for practise golf. It allows golfers to practice the sport all year round, either in the seven golf courses there or both Pitch & Putt.
- PortAventura Theme Park & Waterpark
PortAventura is one of the largest theme parks in Europe and a place for visitors to discover all kinds of fun. Each of the six areas of the park is a separate new and wonderful world with magnificent shows and breathtaking magical rides for all ages. From the tallest and fastest roller coasters in Europe to smaller rides that parents and children can enjoy together.
Costa Caribe Aquatic Park is an amazins water park with over 50.000 m2 of refreshing fun, an authentic Carribbean pirate island that will delight guests of all ages with its 16 exciting rides and slides.
For summer 2014 Cirque du Soleil visits PortAventura to present Kooza, one of the most impressive productions of the Canadian troupe.
In 2016 Ferrari lovers will have a new theme park at PortAventura, Ferrari Land. Brand enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy many attractions and a new and magical diversion, the highlight of Ferrari Land: the highest and fastest vertical accelerator in Europe. PortAventura will be home to the world’s first Ferrari-themed hotel.
The party is the true living heritage of the Costa Daurada and throughout the year you can find samples of celebrations of magical origin, religious or peasant invited to participate. You can enjoy, such as towers, parades, concerts, theater, food tastings, pilgrimages, fireworks and much more. Special mention should also be made of a spectacular tradition, the construction of human towers, known as castells. Because this is such a spectacular and completely unique tradition, in 2010 UNESCO declared it to be Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
- Roman Route, UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE (duration approx. 4 hours)
Model of Roman Tarraco
- Overview of Tarragona (duration approx. 8 hours)
– Archaeological promenade
– Cathedral and Diocesan museum
– National Archaeology Museum
– Provincial forum
– City walls
– Casa Castellarnau Museum (a mansion from the 18th-19th centuries)
– Roman museum (museum of history and the circus arcades)
– Paleochristian Necropolis and paleochristian assemblage on the banks of the Francolí River
- Medieval Route (duration approx. 5 hours)
The City walls
The Chapel of St. Paul
The Church of Our Lady of the Miracle
- The Route of the Earliest Christians of Tarraco (duration approx. 8 hours)
The Chapel of St. Paul
Tarragona Biblical Museum
Cathedral and Diocesan Museum
Local or Colony Forum
Paleochristian Museum and Necropolis
Basilica in Parc Central
Late Roman Complex of Centcelles
- The Cistercian Monasteries Route
Poblet Monastery (47 minutes from the port, duration of visit approx. 1 hour and a half)
Santes Creus Monastery (45 minutes from the port, duration of visit approx. 1 hour and a half)
Vallbona de les Monges Monastery (1 hour from the port, duration of visit approx. 1 hour and a half)
Just a short trip inland from the city of Tarragona guided tours can be arranged to allow visitors to taste the acclaimed wines of the renowned regions of Priorat, Montsant, Terra Alta and Tarragona at picturesque wineries located in a unique natural environment, surrounded by vineyards and olive trees.
- PortAventura Theme Park (distance: 15 minutes by car)
PortAventura is one of the most symbolic themes parks in Europe, the six areas will let discover new and wonderful worlds with magnificent shows and breathtaking magical rides for all ages.
- BARCELONA (distance: 1 hour by car)
A world-renowned city and the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is packed with things to see and do. From learning about its fascinating history through a tour of its monuments, to doing a little shopping along the glamorous Paseo de Gracia, to strolling through some of its most distinctive neighbourhoods and trying amazing cuisine, Barcelona has something for everyone.
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