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About Tarragona

An hour southwest of Barcelona, Tarragona is a historic port city on the shores of the Mediterranean. Famed for its ancient Roman ruins, the city has long been a favourite with culture and heritage aficionados, and is a wonderful destination for weekends away from Barcelona. Read on for a sense of the sights, and for our Gurus’ recommendations of the best places to stay in Tarragona.

Spain's second-most important Roman site, Tarragona was once named ‘Tarraco’. Amble along to the 2nd-century Amfiteatre Romà for marvellous Mediterranean views from where crowds once watched gladiators do battle. The Passeig Arqueològic, a walkway along the fortified ramparts, also yields spectacular views. Descend back into town to admire the Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona’s fascinating collection, and to see anicent Roman tombs at the Necropolis. The remains of the Forum can be glimpsed amongst the narrow lanes of the medieval old town, which is well worth a wander.

Tarragona’s other draw is its superb Catalan cuisine, and you’ll find family-owned cafés, bars and eateries aplenty dotted throughout the city. Whether sleek or simple, these establishments pride themselves on cooking up some of the region’s most delicious fare. One of our recommendations for the best places to stay in Tarragona is also amongst our favourite foodie spots.

The Best Places to Stay in Tarragona

For Simple Style

  • Hostal 977 is a chic little guesthouse in historic Tarragona. Interiors feature wood and stone elements, along with crisp white textiles. Guests share access to a kitchenette, and there are stacks of places to eat nearby. A relaxed, friendly little spot with a great sense of style and reasonable rates.

For Foodies

  • La Boella, a 12th-century estate inland of Tarragona, is a foodie's dream. A working vineyard, the property also produces its own olive oil. Take gastronomic tours, feast at the fine dining restaurant, and unwind in elegant rooms either in the contemporary wing or the traditional main house. A gem.


  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Fly into Barcelona-El Prat International Airport, and travel one hour by road or rail to Tarragona.
  • Catalonia is wonderful for a road trip, particularly if you intend to explore beyond Tarragona! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Expect hot summers, with temperatures averaging at around 26°C - 30°C between June and August. For fewer crowds and cooler weather — often better for outdoorsy adventuring — travel in April, May or late September.



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Best Hotels in Tarragona

  • Hostal 977 Tarragona 5 rooms from £56

    Beach Life  -  Tarragona offers a gorgeous stretch of beach which is walking distance from the property
    Value chic  -  Chic contemporary style at a very reasonable price
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the remains of the Roman Forum dating back to around 30 BC
    Air conditioningNo pets

    A chic guesthouse in the heart of historic Tarragona. The design finds the perfect blend between traditional and contemporary with natural materials used (stone and wood), simple furniture and whitewashed walls. Bathrooms are modern and indulgent. An affordable base for local exploring. See More

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  • La Boella TARRAGONA, Tarragona 13 rooms from £115

    Foodies  -  Choose from wine tours or gastranomic tours of the region well known for its superb Meditereanean produce
    Country Escape  -  Set on a 110-hectare estate and working vineyard and olive oil farm this is a glorious rural escape
    Weddings  -  With a beautiful backdrop, experienced caterers and plenty of space this is an ideal wedding venue
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenViewsParkingNo pets

    A working vineyard and olive oil producer, this 12th-century estate is a gourmet lover's dream. Rooms are divided between contemporary options in the new building and traditional affairs in the old house. Offering a fine-dining restaurant, outdoor pool and options of both wine and gastronomic tours. See More

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