Explore the City’s Roman Heritage
Before it became Tarragona, this charming coastal city was known as Tarraco. It was the oldest Roman settlement on the Iberian Peninsula, thought to date back to 1st century BC. Many structures during its reign as capital of Hispania Citerior are still in existence and UNESCO named the archaeological ensemble a World Heritage Site in 2000. Today, visitors to Tarragona can observe the well-preserved Roman amphitheatre as it cascades towards the Mediterranean Sea. The 2nd century AD amphitheatre looks as majestic as it would during Roman times, when it held 15,000 spectators and hosted gladiator contests, sporting events and more gruesome activities. It’s open for visitors to view along with the Forums of Tarraco and several ruins outside the city. If you wish to gain even more insight into Tarragona’s fascinating Roman Heritage you can do so at the city’s National Archaeological Museum or take a guided tour to uncover more hidden secrets.