Tarragona seen from new angles
Take this route to discover the city by electric bicycle or car, or with a guided tour of the Puente del Diablo surroundings
Fri Dec 12 2014
© Ebike Bicis Elèctriques
You might already have visited Tarragona, and if so, you'll probably have seen many of the historic sights it contains as one-time capital of the Roman province Hispania Citerior, and which have been collectively recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Indeed, the Costa Daurada has a number of other sites that have been recognised by the international cultural organisation including the Monastery of Poblet and the cave art in the mountains of Prades, while the 'human towers' ('castells') have been deemed Intangible Cultural Heritage.
However, the reasons to visit Tarragona are being constantly updated and innovated, so it's always a good time to head back and explore the city in a new way. For instance, you could rent an electric bike, which will make it quicker to get around and give you extra time to see all the landmarks while also easily getting up the hills. Or, if you prefer, rent an electric car, an excellent choice for visitors as each car comes equipped with an audio guide in seven languages with information about the main sights to see in Tarragona as well as its rich gastronomy and traditional festivities.
If you're a fan of social networks, and particularly of Instagram, you'll be interested in the recent launch of IgersMap TGN, the first map in the world made by and for Instagrammers. The 115 collaborators, all from the Camp de Tarragona region, have chosen the places in the city where they would take a friend to get the best photos, and the project - which can also be found in hard copy in the Tourist Offices of Tarragona City Council - brings together around 500 images taken from 119 different points. By finding these spots and following their itinerary, you'll discover another great new way to see the city.
To finish, you can take a guided tour that combines heritage, culture and nature. The Ferreres Aqueduct, also known as the Devil's Bridge (Pont del Diable) is a little way out of the city itself and perhaps because of that (and despite its beauty), you may not have had the time to visit it yet. This tour will take you to the Aqueduct, and not only to explain all the ins and outs of its construction, but also to show you some romantic gardens and take a turn through the Mediterranean countryside around the Pont del Diable, where you might be lucky enough to see birds of prey and other birds.
Where to stay and where to eat
This is a relatively new landmark that came into service on January 1, 2000. It’s the last lighthouse built in the Spanish state in the 20th century, and it was designed by the architect Josep Maria Llinàs. Its height is 58 metres above sea level and 38 metres above ground, with a geographic reach of 20 miles. This lighthouse has the tallest tower of all the lighthouses in Catalunya.
- Av. de la Galera - Passeig del Roquer, 43830
This Roman villa is located in Altafulla, 12km from Tarragona, and is one of the most important Hispanic complexes of its type. An important residential town, with rich decorative elements, it demonstrates what the residences of high-level administrators in Tàrraco were like.
- Passeig del Fortí, s/n, 43893
This old house, surrounded by palm trees and located at the end of the Passeig Marítim in Torredembarra, was built at the start of the 20th century by some summer residents of the town, and it’s currently the headquarters for the management of Areas of Natural Interest of the Muntanyans.
- Passeig Marítim, s/n, 43830
The Cathedral, dedicated to Santa Tecla, stands at the highest point of the city, and was consecrated in 1331. It’s worth visiting to see the cloister, an exceptional architectural and sculptural ensemble dating from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The Diocesan Museum has a remarkable collection of tapestries.
- Pl. Pla de la Seu, s/n, (Tarragona)
This is the oldest archaeological museum in Catalonia and an important centre for the recovery, conservation, research and dissemination of the heritage of the Roman city of Tarraco and its area of influence. On display are numerous pieces from the Roman era and the mosaics are considered to be of special value. Other sites also make up the museum, including the Roman villas of Munts and Centelles.
- Pl. del Rei, 5, (Tarragona)
Possibly the best known image of Tarragona is that of its amphitheatre beside the sea. Oval in shape and with the stands sculpted into the rock, it was the venue for gladiatorial combats between men and men and men and animals, as well as for public executions. A Visigoth basilica was built here in the 6th century and it was also the site of the construction of a later medieval church.
- Parc de l'Amfiteatre romà, (Tarragona)
A visit to two of the most important constructions that remain from the Roman period. Firstly the circus, built in the first century AD with an estimated capacity for 30,000 spectators. While a lot of it is now buried under the streets of the city, some of the original construction is still visible. It is connected by underground passageways to the Praetorian tower, which housed the stairs that allowed people to pass from the lower city to the provincial forum, and which, in the sixteenth century, became the palace of the kings of the Crown of Aragon.
- Pl. del Rei - Rambla Vella, (Tarragona)