Day Trip from Barcelona: How to Spend a Day in Tarragona
While in Barcelona back in November, I took a trip with 2 of my friends to Tarragona, a beautiful small town by the sea, 1 hour and a bit away from Barcelona by train. The journey itself was enchanting, as the train passes by some areas right by the beach, offering incredible views.
Tarragona still wears it’s Roman history, from the amphitheater lying by the beach, to the remnants of the circus and other disparate ruins scattered around the streets, as the new buildings are built right over the ancient ruins. It’s a beautiful blend and contrast at the same time. The amphitheater, but mostly the circus are the ones that definitely deserve your time.
Despite the days being so much shorter in November, one day was enough to visit the Roman ruins and also the cathedral (where we almost got to crash a wedding!) with it’s wonderful inner courtyard.
After wandering around the cute streets, we had a very enjoyable lunch in the Plaça de la Font, a whole menu of tapas topped by delicious flan, a traditional desert in the area (must try it!).
Despite being quite a cold autumn day, it was so heartwarming to see the liveliness of the streets (especially in the squares), where both locals and tourists, children and elder people, were gathering around to spend as much time in the autumn sun.
We ended our day in Tarragona by hurrying to get to the beach before the sunset, so that we could catch the last pink highlights colouring the clouds. It was cold as hell, windy, but totally worth it.
Make sure you get to the train station in advance to have enough time to buy tickets and find which train is the right one. There are various trains during the day on this route, so check the timetables one or two days before.