Is there anything better to do than renting a boat in Tarragona, going on holiday and visiting the famous Costa Daurada? Visit this famous region while navigating through calm and translucent waters, enjoying the mild climate and letting yourself be seduced by the rich Catalan culture and the warmth of the people.
Just a few cities maintain an inheritance comparable to that of Tarragona. Besides her myriad of Roman ruins, which were declared a World Heritage by the UNESCO, Tarragona also behests a historical legacy from the Middle Ages, as well as fantastic architecture with designs that are native to the Tarragona region from the modernism of the early 20th century.
However, it would be unfair to reduce Tarragona just to her historic inheritance. Her varied gastronomy, the popular festivities, the fascinating villages and the coastal beaches – which you could get to know by renting a boat – complete the region. The city lies on the Mediterranean Sea is highly recommended for vacations with the family.
There are many attractions awaiting the visitors in the beautiful city of Tarragona. Yet, if we had to choose just one, it would have to be without a doubt the Roman ruins.
Even though the tourist agencies already have marked the “indispensable” ruins with an “X”, it is almost impossible to not see any Roman history, since you can run into evidence at every corner, whether it be a column, an arch or some statue from the 2nd century. Most of the architectural ruins are from this period when Tarragona was flourishing at its highest point.
Guided by your own curiosity, you will find yourselves at the most impressive Roman remains, the amphitheater that hugs the coast of Tarragona. Constructed at the end of the 2nd century and with a capacity for 14,000 spectators, all kinds of events took place, from gladiator fights to persecutions of Christians.
Going up from here to the upper part of the city, you will find the Roman Circus, which is considered as one of the best preserved archaeological sites in the West. You can visit the Praetorium which is connected by underground passageways to the provincial forum. You can also tour the Theatre and the great walls, which one-third (1,100 meters) still remains to this day, and finally to other remaining sites, which date from the Middle Ages.
The routes are appropriate for everybody and each one is worth going on. You should also go down to the old part of the city, where there are many sites of Middle Age history – with obligatory stops in the gothic cathedral Santa María and in the Carrer dels Çavallers – until we reach the crowded Plaça de la Font, where you can find the town hall and where the most popular festivals of the city take place.
Another possible route is passing through the Rambla Nova, created in 1854, where the most important buildings of the modern day city are located. This long avenue ends at the coast, at the Balcony of the Mediterranean, from here you can enjoy the best views of the Mediterranean and of the beach El Miracle.
Finally, you must not miss the chance to visit El Serallo, the fishing district of the city. Apart from serving the best seafood in the city, you can also find one of the most important harbours of the Mediterranean in this district. You should not worry about anything when you are about to rent a boat in Tarragona as you can get everything you need in the city.
Nevertheless, like we already have said, the capital of the Costa Daurada has a lot more to offer. Do you like parties? 12 kilometers west of the city is Salou which has some of the best nightlife and atmosphere throughout Catalonia. If you want your children to enjoy themselves even more on this holiday, you can take them to the amusement park of Port Aventura, it is the most popular amusement park in Spain. Do you want to fall in love with the region? Rent a boat in Club Nàutic in the delightful region of Cambrils. With all kinds of services, easy access and a capacity to moor 426 ships, from 8 to 25 metres long, there are numerous options to rent. ABoatTime’s vessels can be found here and one could visit the surrounding coastal villages – Calafell, Torredembarra or Altafulla, and enjoy their unique beauty.
The beaches of the Costa Daurada are characterized by their fine, golden sand which is where the name comes from. Their calm and crystal clear waters allow you to walk, relax and swim without any risk of dangerous waters. The administration worked for years on the care and the preservation of the beaches, an effort, which can be annually recognized by the high number of Blue Flags which flaunt this region.
This is one of the most beautiful and more reclusive beaches in Tarragona. Access by car is forbidden, which allows the beach to have a pure and wild appearance which is still preserved today.
Located in L’Ametlla, this beach is in pristine condition and is near the Torrent del Pi with very little urbanization. Already a unique experience, Santes Creus beach also gives you the chance to swim with red tuna.
Just like the rest of Spain, the gastronomy is a key component of the Tarragona’s culture. The famous Mediterranean diet of the region mainly contains seafood, especially prawns from San Carlos de la Rápita, crustaceans from Cambrils and eels from the Ebro Delta.
There is a significant variety of typical dishes in Tarragona, pataco (a stew of snails, potatoes, tuna, almonds, garlic and parsley), cod croquetas and black rice with squid are just a few that stand out. These and other dishes are combined in thousands of different ways with tasty vegetables from local farms in the province.
Also, the wine lovers are lucky, because there are many vineyards located inland. There you can find five of the most recommendable names: Tarragona, Conca de Barberá, Penedés, Priorato and Terra Alta.
Tarragona has a Mediterranean climate and average temperatures of 13 °C in winter and 28 °C in summer. From April until November the temperatures are gentle and the climate is perfect to enjoy the sea and the sun. The sea temperature varies between 13 °C and 25 °C and the winds are favourable for the navigation at high temperatures as well as before and after the summer, what makes it the perfect destiny to enjoy nautical vacations by renting a boat in Tarragona.
The airport in Reus, 7 kilometres away from Tarragona, is the nearest one. It disposes Charter flights and flights from low-cost companies. There is a transport bus service between both spots.
Another option is the airport Barcelona El Prat, 82 kilometros away from Tarragona, which has a daily offer of all kinds of flights and national, international and transoceanic connections.
Tarragona has a commercial harbor, one of the most important ones in the Mediterranean, and a marina. At the wharf of the Costa is the Port Tarraco, a modern marina with 115 anchorages for mega-yachts with a length from 24 to 120 metres. Nàutic Tarragona SE is in the marina with 441 anchorages (with a length from 6 to 20 metres) and 240 parking lots.
The city is connected by a road with Barcelona, with Tortosa and Valencia by the highway AP-7 and the road N-340. You can also go to Lleida, Saragossa and Madrid on N-240 and (from Montblanc on) on the highway AP-2. The road N-420 goes to Reul and Teruel. An excellent network of local and regional roads connects Tarragona with the villages of the province.
The city is connected by a road with Barcelona, with Tortosa and Valencia by the highway AP-7 and the road N-340. You can also go to Lleida, Saragossa and Madrid on N-240 and (from Montblanc on) on highway AP-2. The road N-420 goes to Reul and Teruel. An excellent network of local and regional roads connects Tarragona with the villages of the province. Before departing you should check if there had been some kind of traffic incident.
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