By Nancy Todd
Tarragona has been out glittered by Sitges, a city close to Barcelona on the Mediterranean Sea known for partying. For you history hounds, the day trip to Tarragona is a treasure hunt. Founded in 218, B.C., and only one hour from Barcelona by train, Tarragona is a rare beauty.
Shopping is plentiful. Restaurants with outdoor seating bustle throughout the City. Melissa, my daughter, and David, my son in law, and I had a great Menu del Dia, or daily special, on Plaza del la Font. It was a cool day and sitting in the sun reminded us that spring was on the way.
Roman ruins surprise as they are scattered about and suddenly appear jolting your awareness of the ancient culture. Tarragona was a prosperous trading city. In its heyday, 40,000 people loved, did laundry, gulped wine, governed, and galloped their horses. Today, a quiet city, it is easy to meander without a map to visit old churches, museums, and of course bask on the beaches.
Those Roman dudes knew about building sites. They chose to build their Ampitheatre right next to the Sea and climbing to the top for your photo op is one of the best in the city.
GETTING THERE: RENFE train leaves from Barcelona every half an hour or whenever it moseys on down the tracks. Board at Sants Station or Passeig de Gracia Station. It’s a scenic ride on top of the cliffs overlooking the Mediterrean Sea.
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