The origins of Tarragona go back to the first Roman presence in the Iberian Peninsula, to 218 BC. The Roman city of Tarraco became the capital of Nearer Spain, one of the largest provinces of the empire in the time of Augustus (27 BC).
From this moment Tarraco was equipped public facilities of a major city that 2000 years later you can still see its walls, the oldest in the Iberian Peninsula; theater, circus and amphitheater for shows; aqueducts to supply water to its inhabitants; large public baths for leisure, etc ... Even due to their status as provincial capital, in its highest hill was built a great forum, considered the largest public square in the Roman world.
The Roman deal, however, is not the only presenting the cultural capital of southern Catalonia. Throughout the year, in addition, the city offers an intense cultural activity for all ages: its cycles of shows, its festivals of September my considered of national interest, its Holy Week, the most prestigious in Catalonia, and contest Castells (human towers) that take place in October every two years.
And we could not close this brief review of the supply of Tarragona without adding its rich cuisine. A city with a distinctly Mediterranean culture always faces the sea and it shows in the character of its people, in their love of the sea and also in their specialized products that fish its inhabitants and those fruits of land typically Mediterranean cuisine.
It is no coincidence that Tarragona has one of the best viewpoints having the Mediterranean, nor have some of the best beaches on the Spanish coast, where you can practice nautical sports or summer. And in this context, it is not strange that it is the commercial capital of southern Catalonia where we can find everything.
Commercial offer Tarragona is very wide and varied as befits a receptive quality tourism center.
Archaeological sites, monuments and museums of Tarragona with content from Roman times.
Walls, provincial forum (Praetorian), circus, amphitheater, colonial forum, aqueduct Ferreres, Torre dels Escipions, Roman quarry Mèdol, National Archaeological Museum of Tarragona (Plaza del Rey), early Christian cecrópolis, diocesan museum.