The Amphitheatre: Located just outside the walled city. This location was not chosen by accident. It is very close to the Via Augusta, just before the road enters the city and near the beach where the animals used in the spectacles used to embark.
The Roman Circus: The building dates from the reign of Domitian in the 1st century AD and was part of the grand provincial monumental complex, in which it occupied the lower terrace. It is exceptionally well preserved.
The Aqueduct (4kms outside Tarragona) In Roman times Tarraco had two aqueducts running into the city. The first took water from the River Gaià near Pont d'Armentera, while the second led from the River Francolí. The purpose of these conduits was to bring water to the distribution tanks (castella aquae) located around the city. They took advantage of the natural slope of the land, although in places it was necessary to build aqueducts. The Aqueduct of Les Ferreres is a good example of this. Built in the 1st century AD over a natural valley, it carried water from the present-day Puigdelfí to Tarraco.
The Cathedral: This was built on what was approximately the site of a Roman Temple. It was started in Romanesque style and then continued throughout the Gothic period.
Balcó del Mediterrani: Located at the top of Rambla Nova, rising 40m above the sea, this airy ‘balcony’ offers a splendid view of the Mediterranean, Tarragona port, Platja del Miracle beach and the ancient Roman Ampitheatre. This is a place loved by Tarragona natives, legend has it that touching its singular railing (‘tocar ferro’) brings good luck.
End March – beginning April – Tarragona International Dixieland Festival. The city’s auditoriums, bars, municipal markets and streets play host to non-stop concerts featuring Dixieland, jazz and blues among other similar styles of music.
23rd April – St. George’s Day. This Catalan holiday is dedicated to love and culture. Books and red roses are sold all over the city coupled with endless Sardana dancing and human castles.
23rd June – The eve of Saint John’s Day. The celebration of the summer solstice includes bonfires, fireworks and parties till dawn.
15th-19th August – Sant Magi. The feast day of Tarragona’s minor patron Saint is celebrated by four or five days filled with a lively waterfront parade, human castles and music.
14th – 24th September – Santa Tecla. This is the main Tarragona festival. The music, dance, human castles, night-time parades go on for the ten days the festival lasts.