Tarragona

Located in northeast Spain, roughly 70 kilometres south and west of Barcelona along the Mediterranean coast, is the town of Tarragona.  As the capital of the province of the same name, Tarragona has a city population of 140,000, and the metropolitan area has 675,000 inhabitants.  Tarragona is noted for its historical and scenic beauty and is a must see destination if travelling to the Catalonia region of Spain.

The weather in Tarragona is a classic example of warm Mediterranean climate.  High temperatures reach into the upper 20s Celsius in July and August, and a mild 14 degrees Celsius in January.  Evening lows reach a very comfortable 19 degrees Celsius in July and August, and as low as four degrees Celsius in January.  Although Tarragona does receive 500 millimetres or rain annually, it is spread out throughout the year, with the spring and fall receiving slightly more rain than the summer and winter.  Tarragona receives over 2,500 hours of sunshine per annum, which makes the city and region a favourite destination for tourists.

One of many reasons to visit Tarragona are the ancient Roman ruins of Tarraco, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2000.  The ruins include Cyclopean (stonework made from boulders) walls that were in existence even before Romans invaded the area.  Remnants of an amphitheatre dating back to the second century are located along the seashore.  Other historic sites, though not as old as the Roman ruins, include churches and other religious buildings.

Tarragona is home to many festivals that draw visitors from all over the world.  Favourites include the Tarragona International Dixieland Festival, held the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, and the International Fireworks Displays Competition, held the first week on July.

The city of Tarragona is served by Barcelona Airport, approximately 72 kilometres from the city centre.  Consider car hire at Barcelona Airport to drive to and around Tarragona.

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