It is principally a port city which has evolved and adapted over time. Some of Spain’s best-preserved Roman ruins, a charming old town full of Gothic Architecture and the golden beaches of the Costa Dorada are just some of the many attractions.

Built in the 2nd century AD, when Tarragona was Tarraco, capital of its own Roman province, the amphitheatre is superbly preserved and enjoys an outstanding setting beneath the city walls, overlooking the sea. Tarragona’s old town (Casc Antìc) is a delightful labyrinth of meandering medieval alleyways, Gothic spires and colorful squares enclosed in the city walls.You can find almost eveything of interest within the old city walls. The most important street is ‘Las Ramblas’ which leads to a great viewing point called the ‘Balcón de Europa’ where you can get great views of the lower part of the city (the fishing neighbourhood of Serrallo).

On a visit to Tarragona, one of the best things to do is to gorge on the area’s rich cuisine. Really. Famous for traditional seafood and fish dishes, Catalan cuisine and stews, Tarragona’s most famous dishes include various eel dishes, frogs legs, pigs trotters, olive dishes, paella, meat and fish casseroles and, of course, dishes that take advantage of the area’s enormous quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables.