Why choose a cruise to Tarragona?
The ancient city of Tarraco, now known as Tarragona, was once one of the most important cities of the Roman Empire. It’s now a bustling port town studded with amazing Roman ruins, and a picturesque medieval town centre.
But a Tarragona cruise is about more than just visiting these historic sites. There’s also a vibrant fisherman’s district where you can sample the delicious local cuisine. And who can forget the beaches? Beautiful Tarragona is bordered by a stretch of white sand and the calm blue waters of the Mediterranean.
A guide to Tarragona’s hotspots
Your first stop on a Tarragona cruise is likely to be a trip around the city’s roman ruins. Begin at the Devil’s Bridge, a 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct that’s an impressive 217 metres wide and 26 metres high. Follow this with an exploration of the city’s well-preserved amphitheatre, located right next to the sea.
Another unmissable Roman attraction is the circus located within city limits. Built in the 1st century AD, it’s considered one of the best in Europe, and was used for chariot racing. You can reach the circus through an atmospheric underground passage from the Praetorium, an impressive Roman tower in the city centre.
The Casco Antiguo (old town) is a fascinating area to stroll through. Picture narrow streets lined by colourful houses and traditional restaurants, and amazing examples of medieval architecture. Tarragona’s cathedral is the area’s crowning glory, with an ornate Gothic-Romanesque exterior.
Tarragona boasts some of the best beaches you’ll find so close to a city. Playa La Savinosa is just over a mile from the seaside amphitheatre – with wide skies, soft sand and calm waters, it’s perfect for relaxing after sightseeing. Located six miles from the city centre, Cala Fonda (also known as Wakiki Beach) is even more ravishing. It’s renowned for being the most unspoilt beach along the Tarragona coast, and is surrounded by enchanting woodland.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Tarragona
The best time to visit Tarragona
The sun-soaked city of Tarragona is the ideal summer holiday spot. In July and August, the mercury hovers between 25-29°C – luckily, you’ll be surrounded by ocean to cool down in.
Or why not escape the winter cold and visit Tarragona in December or January, when the temperature is a pleasant 11-13°C. Tarragona celebrates the festive season in style with Christmas lights, a large fair, and nativity scenes.
Did you know?
- Tarragona’s 12th-century cathedral is made of stones from the Roman amphitheatre.
- It is said that the devil built the city’s aqueduct after winning a bet for a woman’s soul
- Tarragona’s trademark dish is cassola de romesco, a casserole with a rich tomato- and nut-based sauce