Tarragona is a city located in the south of Catalonia, Spain, by the Mediterranean Sea. It is the capital of the Spanish province of the same name. As of the 2003 census, the city had a population of 121,076, and the population of the entire urban area was estimated to be 348,921.

In Roman times, the city was named Tarraco and was capital of the province of Hispania Tarraconensis.


Tarragona is home to one of the most important maritime ports in Spain. Tarragona is also home of important universities, such as the Universitat Rovira i Virgili.

Tarragona touristic attractions include the Museum of Archeology and the archaeological ensemble of Tarraco. It is also situated close to the nearby holiday resort of Salou and the Universal Studios theme park Port Aventura, one of the largest in Europe.


Over 2,000 years of history at your feet

Tarragona is a city with thousands of years of history. Ancient Tarraco, founded by the Romans, was one of the most important cities in the Mediterranean. This impressive Roman legacy, a symbol of modern day Tarragona, has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

But Tarragona is more than just Roman ruins: it also has a vibrant medieval history, art nouveau buildings, white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, a picturesque fishing and marina neighbourhood, protected forest and nature areas, traditions and popular culture, and, last but not least, the largest urban cave in Catalonia, which the most adventurous visitors to the city can descend into. Discover the different options available to you for your visit to Tarragona.




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Costa Daurada is graced with a quintessentially Mediterranean climate, marked by mild winters and warm summers with little rain. In winter, this is due to the mistral wind, which blows in from the northwest, and the garbí, which blows from the southwest; in summer, the region's low humidity prevents the formation of fog.

The region's mountainous geography likewise contributes to its stable climate, making it an optimum place to enjoy outdoor activities all year long. Average temperatures range from approximately 14º in winter to between 21º and 29º in summer. However, it is worth noting the sharp contrast between the region's coastal and mountain areas, where average temperatures are generally 2º to 4º lower.

Rainfall is concentrated in autumn and, above all, spring, although short, heavy showers are common in summer. Taking the differences between coastal and inland areas into account, rainfall in the Costa Daurada region averages between 375 and 700 mm a year. This notwithstanding, the region's rainfall is somewhat unpredictable and has, at times, exceeded 400 mm in just a few days or even hours, causing rivers to rise dramatically.