Tarragona is the capital city of the province of the same name in the comarca (county) of Tarragones, Catalonia. While it is sometimes confused with the larger province of the same name and the comarca of Tarragones as a whole, Tarragona the city is mostly portrayed by its urbanity, archeological site, seaside attraction, and beaches.
Tarragona is among the ancient cities whose origin is a mystery and uncertain. Various legends of its foundation are attributed to various personalities and legendary places. By the time of Roman occupation, it was then called Tarraco. Tarragona as Tarraco during the height of Roman Empire was one of the major cities of the Iberian Peninsula. Today, ancient remains of Tarraco are a World Heritage Site. Among these archeological remains, the most famous is the amphitheater and the adjacent ensemble.
The archeological remains are only one of the more famous tourist attractions of Tarragona. Anyone can visit the Roman walls, temples, the capitol or citadel, the Roman circus, towers, the forum, necropolis, palaces and stone houses, arches, roads, and the seaside view of Tarraco.
Aside from the attraction of the Roman past of Tarragona, you can also experience the medieval and Christian past of Tarragona. Around the city of Tarragona are various cathedral, churches, convents, palaces, and a college. All are architectural marvels that have come from various style periods, from Romanesque and Gothic to the Renaissance and Modernist. The city of Tarragona boasts the old European nostalgia; though there are newer buildings, old buildings are still standing around the city.
The modern Tarragona has a uniqueness that centers in culture and its old world industry. Tarragona is famous for its festivals, seaside activities, fairs, and the Carnival. With its setting and impressive seaside view and various nostalgic attractions, the city of Tarragona draws a number of tourists every year. There are several hostels in Tarragona, which provides amenities for those who seek the lively and spirited experience. Tarragona hostels are equipped to welcome guests from all over the world.
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