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Plan your perfect Tarragona day trip - Explore Roman Ruins

Tàrraco, the Roman Capital of Spain. Discover the largest collection of Roman ruins in Catalonia. An ideal day trip from Barcelona by train

Updated: Jan 20, 2024 by: Barcelona Travel Hacks Views: 2.2k

About Roman Tarragona (Tarraco)

Tarragona is a Barcelona Travel Hacks top day trip or multi day trip when visiting Barcelona, Catalonia. The coastal city of Tarragona, 95Km south of Barcelona on the Costa Dorada is known for its preserved ancient Roman ruins from its days as a Roman Provincial capital known as Tarraco, founded in 218 BC. While not the only Roman city of Spain, this was The first Roman settlement on the Iberian peninsula outside of the Italian mainland.

Today, Tarragona is mainly a port city with large chemical industrial sector outside of the city to the south of the port. The Roman/medieval historic city centre is located on a hill of 160 meters high that provides beautiful view of the Mediterranean from several places. The Roman remains are UNESCO World Heritage monuments. The narrow streets have many squares with great restaurants and bars.

To visit all of the Roman ruins you should allow three days, However, you can explore the most important ones as a Tarragona Day Trip if you start at nine in the morning in Tarragona. On this page I detail the most important Roman Ruins that form part of the collection of MHT, Museos historics de Tarragona.

MHT Combined Tickets

The MHT combined ticket costs €15 and includes one visit to each of the below museum spaces:

13 Things to do and see in Roman Tarragona (Tarraco)

Events in Roman Tarragona (Tarraco)

Tarragona is a city that is hosting events every month. The full list can be found on the Tarragona Tourism website with some of the highlights listed below.

Getting to Roman Tarragona (Tarraco)

Catalunya is divided into four provinces, Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona. Tarragona city is the capital of this province and is located on the Mediterranean Costa Dorada having frequent trains with a journey time of one hour from Barcelona. A Tarragona day trip from Barcelona can be done via train, bus or car.

Where to Eat Roman Tarragona (Tarraco)

Plaça del Rei & Plaça del Forum (Near Roman Ruins)

Pla de la Seu (near Tarragona Cathedral)

Plaça de la Font (Near Tarragona townhall)

Barri del Serrallo (Tarragona port)

Documents for Roman Tarragona (Tarraco)

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Tarragona Train Map

Author: Barcelona Travel Hacks


Regional Rail Map



Tarragona City Map


Weather for Tarragona

What to take with you for Roman Tarragona (Tarraco)

Day Trip Rucksack

Day Trip Rucksack

Small 10L day trip and museums rucksack

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In Ear Headphones

In Ear Headphones

With 3.5mm jack. For running and for museum visits that have an audio guide. Museums don't provide headphones since Covid.

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Emergency Poncho

Emergency Poncho

Small folded lightweight Water proof poncho for emergencies

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Trail shoes

Trail shoes

Lightweight comfortable trail shoes

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Fleece jacket or Jersey

Fleece jacket or Jersey

Light weight warm fleece

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Wikiloc Trail for Roman Tarragona (Tarraco)

tar01 - Roman Tarragona (Part Alt)

A city walk in Tarragona (part Alt) that covers the main Roman Museums that are part of the MHT (Museo Historico de Tarragona).

Distance: 5.21 Km

Difficulty: Easy

Return Travel Fare: 20.10 EUR

Transport Network: Renfe Regional

How much does Roman Tarragona (Tarraco) Day Trip Cost?

Description Adult Adult Discounts Child Child Discounts
Return Renfe Regional Train Ticket from Barcelona € 16.10 € 16.10
MHT Combined Ticket (Amphitheatre, Circus & Pretorium, Casa Canals, Roman Wall Passeig Arqueològic, Casa Castellarnau, Colonial Forum) € 15.00 Students, Over 65 years, Dissabled. 7.50 Euros € 7.50 Free for undrer 12 years
Tarragona Cathedral € 5.00 Students, Over 65 years, Dissabled. 4.00 Euros € 3.00 Child under 16 years
Pont del Diable viaduct return bus fare € 3.40 € 3.40
Tarragona Modern Art Museum (MAMT) FREE FREE
Early Christian cemetery of Tárraco € 4.00 Students, Over 65 years, Dissabled. 2.00 Euros FREE Child under 16 years
Tarragona Port Museum FREE FREE
€ 43.50 Adult Total € 30.00 Child Total

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