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Old towns and ancient ruins: discover the secrets of the Costa Dorada

Old towns and ancient ruins: discover the secrets of the Costa Dorada

The stunning beaches of the Costa Dorada are a gateway to some incredible pockets of history and culture, from Roman ruins so abundant that the town of Tarragona has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to Reus, the birthplace of much cherished architect Antoni Gaudi.

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Here’s our pick of the top culture spots in the Costa Dorada….


Celebrate the tradition of the ‘castells’ with the locals at one of Tarragona’s cultural hotspots ( ©Manel Granell)

The capital of the Costa Dorada and once the Roman Capital of the Iberian Peninsula is just a 15-20 minute drive from Salou or Cap Salou and makes a wonderful day trip. ‘Tarraco’ as it was called by the Romans is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the dense concentration of ruins from the era, its city wall, the Roman circus and the amphitheatre, still in excellent condition. Head out of the city centre for the Devil’s Bridge aqueduct to see some spectacular Roman engineering and learn all about its history. More modern is the Gothic Catedral de Santa Tecla de Tarragona but the intricate architecture and design is equally worth visiting.

Vila-Seca, La Pineda

Steeped in ancient, medieval and modern history, Villa-Seca, La Pineda offers a well-marked walking route through its historic centre. Be sure to stop by the Castell de Vila-Seca (or the Vila-Seca Castle) to see a mix of architecture from bygone and contemporary eras due to its modernisation, with parts originating from Roman times. Other sites of interest include the 17th-century neo-classical Church of Sant Esteve, the 14th-century Portal of Sant Antoni and the Novecentista Winery which dates back to 1919. Look out for sculptures along the route…

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