Happy Spain Day

Tarragona Travel Blog

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Darcy by one of the many fountains in town

We took the train today, back to Tarragona; Tarragona was a very important Roman colony 2,000  years ago. Today it is a medium size city with a nice beach a smaller version of the Rambla in Barcelona (The Rambla Vela) with great cafes, shops, restaurants and bakeries, and a great old town. We visited the ruins of the old Roman circus (a place where they held Chariot races) was connected to the Roman Tower in the Provincial Forum Representation Square, a huge ancient building with rooms that looked like dungeons; At one time in history the building was used as a jail.  From the top of the tower there is a magnificent view of Tarragona and the Mediterranean Sea.

Girls in typical costumes
  While wandering  around the old sidewalks and small streets.  We came upon a celebration at the bottom of The Cathedral steps, today is National Spain Day, all government offices were closed as were some businesses.  There was local folk dancing and singing, by performer in typical costumes.  There were 100’s of people of all ages watching, we enjoyed  the celebrations, it was local people enjoying themselves not something put on for the  sake of tourist.  Tarragona makes an ideal day trip for anybody in the Barcelona area that wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and wants to see a genuine Spanish small town life and hospitality. We would spent more time there but we had to catch the Train back to Salou, time to pack again.        

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Darcy by one of the many fountains…
Darcy by one of the many fountain…
Girls in typical costumes
Girls in typical costumes
Local folk dancing and singing
Local folk dancing and singing
A view of a plaza from the top of …
A view of a plaza from the top of…
Roman Amphitheater by the Mediterr…
Roman Amphitheater by the Mediter…
The Roman tower
The Roman tower
Part of the old Roman wall
Part of the old Roman wall
Tarragona
photo by: hellenica