Visit Roman ruins Tarragona from Barcelona

Visit Roman ruins Tarragona

Visit Roman ruins in Tarragona, Spain near Barcelona. Tarragona near Barcelona. Tarragona is just 1 hour south of Barcelona by car or train. The Tarragona roman ruins are the Roman amphitheatre, Roman circus, Roman walls, and a Roman Aqueduct (4km outside the city). 

Tarragona tourist office
Day tours to Tarragona Roman ruins
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Tarragona was named Tarraco by the Romans. Tarraco was founded in the 1st century BC and is the oldest Roman settlement on the Iberian Peninsula and is the oldest walled Roman city outside Italy.

The city was established on the site of an Iberian settlement shortly after the Roman army landed on the Iberian Peninsula in 218 BC during the Second Punic War to fight Carthage. The Punic Wars were a series of three wars fought between Rome and Carthage.

In Roman times Tarragona was the most important city in Hispania/Spain and famed for its climate and beauty.

Roman emperor Augustus stayed in Tarraco to recuperate from the illness after later Cantabrian and Asturian wars in 26-25 B.C to gain full control of the Iberian penisular.

Roman emperor Hadrian spent the winter of 122/123 in Tarraco, where he restored the Temple of Augustus before crossing the Mediterranean into Mauretania.

Day tour Barcelona to Tarragona


The Roman imperial city was called Tarraco (full name Colonia Iulia Urbs Triumphalis Tarraco.) There are many impressive Roman ruins in Tarragona, including the Roman amphitheatre, Roman circus, Roman walls, and a Roman aqueduct outside the city.

The Roman ruins of Tarraco are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Amphitheatre of Tarragona is on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea by Platja del Miracle beach. 


La Platja del Miracle beach


Tarragona's Roman Ferreres aqueduct also known as El Pont del Diable - The Devil's bridge - is 4km from city center and best reached by car or on a day tour to Tarragona


Roman walls Tarragona


Well preserved remains of Roman circus at Tarragona


Replica of Caesar Augustus statue near the Roman walls of Tarragona. The emperor Augustus took up residence in Tarragona after his military campaigns against the tribes of Cantabria and Asturias and so during his stay there Tarraco became the de facto capital of the Roman empire


The medieval part of Tarragona has many Roman ruins.


Day Tour to Tarragona from Barcelona

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