On the Romans' Road in Tarragona
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When you hear Catalonia, do you think of Barcelona? It's only natural with Barcelona being the administrative and economic capital of Catalonia. But guess what? The beautiful Tarragona also has many treasures. 

Let's go back in time to antiquity, approximately in the second century BC. The Roman Empire romain is at its peak. It stretches out as far as the Iberian Peninsula, also called Hispania. Tarragona, formerly known as Tarraco, is the first and the oldest Roman camp in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the main cities in the area. Back then it was Hispania Tarraconensis's capital, namely the province covering the North and the East of the current Spain.

The Romans, who established themselves on the Mediterranean Basin, built cities based on the model of Pompeii, each with a gridiron plan and typical monuments. All the remains presented to you in this tour are part of the archeological site of Tarraco, declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 2000. This site stayed half buried until the mid-20th century. These days, a part of the site has been unearthed and is available for the visitors.

Research and realization
Nawel Lafon, student in HTL tourism at the Lycée Paul Eluard in Saint-Junien.

Cynthia Blais-Despaty

Photos sources
Above: Tourism in Tarragona (Rafael Lopez Monné)

Other photos: Some of the images used for this topic come from Wikimedia Commons. The other images were taken by students of the Lycée Paul Eluard.

Thanks to the Tourist Office of Tarragona.