Tarragona - The essence of the Mediterranean
Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
130Trip End Oct 01, 2012
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Tarragona is Barcelona's senior in Roman times and a lesser medieval city. The city has some of Catalonia's finest Roman ruins, which we visited today. Also a magnificent Medieval Cathedral. Tarragona is a very attractive old town on the Mediterranean Coast and as you have probably guessed by now , impressed us as well.
Decided to catch the bus to the city,mainly because you see a lot more of the area than by train. Walked to the bus stop which is not very hard as it is all along the beach front and the weather was warm, even that early in the morning. Went as far as the bus station which is on the Placa Imperial Tarraco, mainly because that was as far as the bus went. Map in hand we proceeded to walk to the various sights.We did not walk through the newer part of town as it was much more interesting taking the back streets. Our first stop was the Carhedral de Tarragona, build in the 12th century
Coffe break next because we had been walking around for 3 hours and needed a bit of a rest. It was nice to sit there amongst all that history and of course the city itself. It's unique and very pleasant to the eye.
Colonial forum next ( this was also on our way back to the bus station ). You can find all sorts of ruins there. Preserved in situ are seven column bases. Also remains of the basilica, remains of a square and an island of houses surrounded by streets, one of which is stoned. It is funny to walk through all this because all around you are modern apartments and office blocks.
All these Roman Ruins we saw today are very well displayed to the general public. They charge such a minute amount of money for entrance fees as well. Being seniors we were charged 1.60 euros each to enter any of these sights, you wonder if that would cover any preservation costs at all.
We walked back to the bus station, finding it with no problems and were lucky enough to hop on the bus straight away.
Tarragona is a great place to visit and is small enough to get around in with ease, not too busy with tourists yet, but that will change in a month or so.
We had a great day today, pleased with everything we saw and the ease of getting around.