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Inhabitants 888895
Nearest airport Reus, Barcelona
Max. temperature 35 C
Min. temperature 10 C


Tarragona Province

The province of Tarragona is one of the four provinces that make up the Autonomous Community of Catalonia.

Situated on the beautiful Costa Dorada the province boasts a coastline of beautiful golden sand beaches, shallow waters and historical towns and cities.

History
In the Roman age, the town of Tarragona was called Tarraco and was the provincial capital of Hispania Tarraconensis, which at the time encompassed much of the Mediterranean coast.


Towns and villages of Tarragona
Tarragona is located on the Costa Dorada and, 60 miles southwest of Barcelona, and is the capital of the province of Tarragona. The city is the smallest of the four province capitals of the region, yet it has the historical and cultural appeal of a larger city.

Cambrils is located in the Spanish on the Costa Dorada (Golden Coast) in the region of Catalonia. A seafaring village, the local life mainly revolves
around the harbour. The area attracts visitors for its golden, sandy beaches, the abundance of fabulous seafood restaurants and its close proximity to the Universal Studios Port Aventura theme park.

The town of Salou is a favourite destination with British tourists. It is the most visited of the holiday resorts on the Costa Dorada, with a clean, sandy coastline, which stretches far into the horizon.

The town of Torredembarra boasts a beautiful stretch of fine, sandy beach, mixed with a culturally exciting environment. Torredembarra combines an ultramodern harbour and excellent shopping, with a medieval influence in its architecture and a long maritime history.

The little fishing village of Altafulla is fast becoming a preferred tourist destination for many tourists. Situated on the banks of the river Gaia, the town has retained its ancient character, combined with excellent amenities and many cultural attractions.


Beaches
The beaches in the province of Tarragona are located on the beautiful Costa Dorada and include
blue flag winners such as Playa La Mora, Playa La Pineda,
Playa La Savinosa, Coma-Ruga Playa, Playa Cunit, Playa Frances
El Vendrell.

Leisure & recreation
Port Aventura, Spain's largest theme park, is on the doorstep in Salou; plus there are several water parks and a zoo.

The beaches offer excellent facilities for water-sports and light pleasure craft can be hired. Inflatable fun such as banana boats add to the
entertainment. Sea fishing is popular and boats with or without skipper can be hired.

There is horse riding nearby at the Club de Polo i Hípica Tarraco in La Secuita, approximately 25 minutes drive from the centre of town.

Tennis and paddle are available at numerous clubs and locations in and around Tarragona.

Athletes can go to the track at Les Pistes Municipals de Camp Clar and train with the local club between 19:00 and 21:00 weekday evenings.


Golf
Try the Costa Dorada Tarragona Golf Club with its magnificent sea views from the elevated tees. Visitors are welcome, however booking is recommended.

Natural surroundings
The El Ebre National Park has World heritage status. It consists of 320 square kilometres of Mediterranean marshland, making it the second largest marsh in Europe.

There are both fresh water and salt water lakes, rice fields, salt mines and forests. It has an ideal ecosystem for flowers and plants. There are over 300 types of birds and beautiful natural beaches.



Montanyes de Prades is a mountain range consisting of ravines and pine and oak and forests. The Francolí, Brugent, Ciurana, Glorieta rivers start from here; its an outstanding natural area.



Montsant mountainrange park is within the area known as el Priorat. The range is 20km long. The beautiful and peaceful area is great for alpine pursuits. Bungee jumping is also an option.

Cuisine
A coastal province, Tarragona favours seafood in its local gastronomy. A speciality which one finds in most dishes from Tarragonna is Romesco Sauce, which is made with olive oil, hazlenuts, almonds sweet peppers, onions, garlic and
tomatoes; its mainly served with fish, but is also delicious accompanying meat dishes.

Other specialities of the region include Arrs Negre – rice boiled in cuttlefish ink, Rossejat – a rice or noodle dish made with fish broth and calamars
amb xocolata, or chocolate squid. Tarragona is renowned for its white wine production; look out for the Tarragona wine denomination when selecting a wine to accompany your meal.

Climate
Tarragona enjoys mild winters with some rainfall, warm blossom filled springs long hot summers and autumns of golden sunlight and rich sweet plums.

 



Map of Tarragona

Exciting places to visit in Tarragona province

Travel information about popular villages and towns in Tarragona province


Reviews for Tarragona

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09 April, 2014

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We really enjoyed it

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It's a beatiful place
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05 April, 2014

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Salou is a nice place, the best was Portaventura, it was amazing!

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I loved Cambrils too, smaller than Salou and charming.
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11 March, 2014

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This was a nice base for our holiday, the local beach was lovely, and there were a lot of nice beaches all within easy reach. The local towns were pretty and the people very friendly.

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We enjoyed exploring the area and found our way up into the mountains to the hot springs. We enjoyed Tarragona and Barcelona. It is one of the nicest areas we have visited in Spain.
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11 March, 2014

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Very pretty and unspoilt and lovely sandy beaches, even in high-season there are some quiet golden sandy beaches.

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This is the nicest area of Spain we have visited. Highly recommend to families with young children or teenagers. Lots to see and do. Pretty beaches, pretty fishing villages.
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11 March, 2014

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L'Ametlla was a nice traditional resort, it is very quaint and pretty.

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The Costa Dorada has a lot to offer for all ages. Portaventura is great for the kids and teenagers. Tarragona is a really nice place to visit and Barcelona was beautiful. The beaches in the whoel area are beautiful.
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10 March, 2014

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L'Ametlla is a ideal for families. It has a lovely atmostphere. The beaches in the area are stunning.

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Ideal for our family holiday. Lots to see and do. Portaventura was great to visit and the Aquapolis waterpark was terrific fun for all of us.
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24 November, 2013

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Small and quiet town. Suitable for relaxation. Close to Barcelona, Tarragona and other interesting places...

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Wide, clean sand beaches. Not too crowded...
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11 November, 2013

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Port aventura was really stunning very well comunicated with other good places beautiful town

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nice!
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11 November, 2013

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Great touristic town

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Stunning clima and beaches
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09 October, 2013

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Nice quiet city. Not so "touristic" such Salou is.

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Good beaches
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26 September, 2013

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A small city with nice people. It is a pity, that mostly they speak only in Spanish.

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A quiet place for a family holiday.
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23 September, 2013

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Quite a clean place but that's as good as it gets.

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n/a
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20 September, 2013

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Small typically Spanish good selection of restaurants and shops.

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Not beach people but what we saw looked good. Restaurants around the Harbor were good.
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17 September, 2013

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Pleasant village although, like much of this part of Spain, is showing signs of the prevailing economic problems, with building plots left vacant or unfinished and restaurants / shops closed down.

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Seems a bit run down and crime in main resorts seems to be a problem. Police are under-resourced.
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16 September, 2013

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cool playgrounds in Salou, we didn't go to Cambrils, it was too far from this apartment, Salou is more closer

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Great beach,
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14 September, 2013

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The town is nice, quiet, modern, clean. maybe, not a better place for those who want more fun, but ideal for families with little children and water sport lovers ( big nautic center). No big commerce, but there are two departement stores, fish shop, bakery, vegetables market with good choice of food. We prefered to cook at home and visited very few local restaurants, I find them overpriced and there are very few locals who speak any foreign language.

Coast review

Nice cost and beaches. We visited a lovely place - Tarragona and not so lovely Tortosa (in Tortosa on Sunday there was no sign of life at all - like a dead city, even the cathedral was closed. But the castle is amazing 0 visit it another weekday)/ Tarragona is nice, a lot of things to see, the best season i suppose is 14-21 Sept., when the city celebrates its "fiesta" - Santa Tecla.
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08 September, 2013

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Nice town, excellent beaches, plenty of places to eat and shop. Very family friendly area, with lots of activities at night time. Very safe and clean, so ideal for families. About an hour and an half by train (and cheap) to Barcelona, so a one day trip is highly recommended. Much cheaper than the local Bus tours.

Coast review

Beautiful beaches. Lots of resort towns to choose from. But pick carefully! While Cambrils was a lovely town, our two teenage girls were slightly bored after a week.
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02 September, 2013

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Very nice, and clean and safe.

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Very nice area.
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29 August, 2013

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Camrils is a very nice town to spend your holidays with kids. Friendly people, good shops and restaurants and not too many clubs/bars. The beaches are great and the climate is fantastic.

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The beaches are great and the climate is fantastic.
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29 August, 2013

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The marina area is a beautiful location to enjoy a meal and wander around the local shops.

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Clean beaches, lots of nice places to eat with some family attractions.
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