You have probably never heard of this incredible little town only a one hour train ride from Barcelona. Well I am glad that you have come here to find out more about it! If you are looking for the perfect side trip on your Barcelona vacay, look no further! Tarragona is a small port town that was once an ancient roman colony. Many of these ancient ruins are preserved and run throughout the historic center of the town. It's a unique mix of Spanish architecture and roman ruins and the result is simply magical.
Distance from Barcelona
80 km (aprox. 50 miles)
by bus it takes about 1.5 hours
costs about €8.75 one way
book it here
by train it takes about 1 hour
costs about €8 one way
book it here
by taxi it takes about 1 hour
costs about €120 one way
get the app mytaxi here
what to say
official language: Catalan & Spanish
goodbye: adéu, adios, ciao
please: Por favor
Thank you: gracias
where is the bathroom?: ¿Donde esta el aseo?
are you serving food now?: ¿Estás sirviendo comida ahora?
I would like this one:Me gustaría este
it's okay: está bien
okay or alright: vale
What to do
ancient roman ruins
*pro tip! Bring your student ID to get a HUGE discount on entry to all of the ruins! it only cost me about €3.60 to enter all of them because I brought a student ID with me. learn more about the ruins HERE
more mediaeval sites to check out HERE
wander the cobblestone streets of the historic center
watch the sunset from the top of the roman ruins
What to eat
The food here is pretty much exactly the same as it is in Barcelona! The menus are all in Catalan, but should have the english translation under each item on the menu. Most of the waitstaff does not speak english, so see some of the helpful phrases to learn at the top of the page here to help you communicate.
If you are dining out, I suggest going somewhere in the Historic Center of town, because that is where a majority of restaurants are and you can find some authentic Catalan cuisine here as well :)
For a list of what to order see my What to Eat in Barcelona post HERE
Want to know more about my day in Tarragona? watch the Vlog I took below!
If you have any tips for things to do in tarragona, i would love to see them in the comments below :)