Tarragona really is a pretty gem full of history . History just emanates from the place. was looking for a last minute hol for a few days away with my Mum and we just stumbled across an offer for Tarragona. Neither of us had heard of the place but when we googled it looked and sounded gorge so we booked it that day for 5 days.
We flew into Reus airport which was only 15 mins from Tarragona so a short drive. Our hotel was a bit far from Tarragona centre which was annoying but luckily a bus brought us right in or we walked which took about 20 mins so I won’t be recommending that hotel even though it was nice. If you go stay near Las Ramblas I would say.
There’s so much to see there. There’s a strip called Las Ramblas where they have markets twice a week and which will lead you to the beach. The beach is lovely with soft sand and gorgeous water and no stones! On the way to the beach you pass the Amfiteatre which overlooks the sea. This was built in the 2nd century and would hold up to 15000 people. It’s only €3.30 to go inside the actual theatre and walk the ground and sit on the roman steps -I’d advise doing this at night as it’s quite hot. You can however still see it in all it’s glory perfectly fine as you pass.
That area where the amfiteatre is just gorgeous -if you get out ask someone to direct you to the cathedral and thats where the magic of the place is-old cobbled streets little bars and restaurants.
The restaurants are gorgeous if you like seafood/tapas. All fresh fish and big tapas menus. They are all very reasonable also -most nights dinner came to €30 for both of us which was mains and a jug of sangria. I also had the nicest champagne sangria I have ever tasted in my life at the below restaurant and delicious paella(Bessones)
Not many of the locals and staff speak much english and there’s not many English/Irish tourists there which I actually found refreshing.
Tarragona is also not far from Barcelona -we got the train ,which is by the beach , into Barcelona for £8 each way and it took an hour. We went to Barceloneta beach which was jam packed- I don’t think I’ve ever seen a beach so busy. There are restaurants and bars galore here and it’s only a short walk to the basilica/Barcelona cathedral where we lit some nightlights and it was stunning inside. If you do go to the cathedral then make sure your shoulders and knees are covered or they won’t allow you entrance-I had to buy 2 shawls from a stand outside and looked like I just hopped off the boat to America in 1912.
The walk around that gothic area was gorgeous and we stopped for Sangria and food of course in between. I’m champagne sangria obsessed after this hol.
The metro in Barcelona makes it so easy to get around to the different spots so it was a great day out and the last train back to Tarragona is 9.35.
I got some gorge little outfits for the hol which you can see in the pics and all the links are below:
Pink satin side slit skirt-Here
Red floral playsuit-Here
Lemon lace playsuit-in sale from Bardot (fab clothes check it out)
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