Cruises to Tarragona, Spain bring visitors to a Catalonia port hugging the brilliant blue Mediterranean. Roman ruins, ancient Cyclopean walls (walls without mortar) and a seaside amphitheater make Tarragona an incredible destination to explore. Since Barcelona and Madrid steal a lot of the limelight, the streets are less packed with tourists, but the attractions just as exciting. Stroll along the Rambla Nova in the Old City. A Gothic and Romanesque cathedral looms over this tangle of pedestrian walkways, restaurants and shops. Amongst this neighborhood’s leafy palms and marble fountains, there’s a long iron balcony with a vista of the sparkling sea.
Tour the Roman Circus, a first century AD Roman chariot racetrack and marvel at the subterranean tunnels that lie beneath. If you still haven’t had enough of the ruins, take a short bus trip to the Aqueduct de les Ferrest or Devil’s Bridge, a high pillared structure used to carry water from one city to the other that you can nimble across.
When it comes to things to do in Tarragona, roaming ancient ruins is just the start. Catch a heart-pounding human tower competition, known as castells or attend one of Tarragona’s lively festivals. Don’t leave the Tarragona cruise port without trying their famous grilled green onions or one of their fresh seafood and rice dishes.