A journey through our history and natural heritage
Tarragona offers the possibility of travelling through history to visit distant times on tours that bring the visitor to some of the most important and emblematic buildings. Tarragona is an ancient city, known as Tarraco by its Roman founders, and was one of the most important cities of the Mediterranean. However, the city also has an important Medieval past, modernist buildings and golden sandy beaches.
Present-day Tarragona prides itself on retaining its imperial past as one of the most important capitals over many centuries. Strolling through its streets and Roman ruins, visitors will travel through more than 2,000 years of history and have the chance to admire its monuments and museums. In November 2000, the city received recognition from the UNESCO for the Roman archaeological site of the ancient Tarraco, and was declared a world heritage.
During the Middle Ages, Tarragona was erected as a new city on the ancient Roman acropolis. The city still preserves some of its Medieval past monuments. The abundant traces of the Roman era coexist and complement a rich medieval heritage, of which the Cathedral is its greatest representation, along with other outstanding examples of the art and architecture from the Middle Ages.
The Cistercian route is located inland from the Costa Daurada and links three monasteries belonging to the Cistercian Order dating back to the 12th century. A considerable amount of history and medieval architecture can be appreciated in the territory. The monastery of Poblet, declared world heritage by UNESCO, still retains all its monastic activity as religious life is still present.
Although Catalan modernism has had a moderate, stately and refined past in the city of Tarragona, the legacy of which can still be enjoyed today, it is owed to some of the most masterful architects of the movement. The creative epicentre of this special branch of Art Nouveau can be found in Reus, just 15 km from Tarragona, which together with Barcelona saw the development of urban and bourgeois Catalan modernism. In Reus, visitors can take in the Gaudí Centre and walk the Catalan Modernist route and gain a greater understanding of both the work and life of genius.
Overview of Tarragona
The Route of the Earliest Christians of Tarraco
The Landscape of Geniuses Route, is a unique tourist experience that gives the chance to feel the essence of the landscape which was the source of inspiration for some of the world's greatest artists. And, it offers the keys to understanding their work. In addition to visiting the facilities and visitor centers which symbolize the mark these geniuses have left on the region, in these very same places it is possible to relive the experiences that so influenced and inspired the character and creative genius of Gaudí, Miró, Casals and Picasso during their time in Reus, Mont-roig, El Vendrell and Horta de Sant Joan, respectively