Destination guide

A town full of Roman ruins and Catalonian cafes

Located in northeastern Spain's Catalonia region, Tarragona is a lively port city full of ancient Roman ruins, sandy beaches, and thriving nightlife. Explore the walled, medieval Old Town from above by strolling along the walkway on the ramparts, called the Passeig Arqueologic, or spend your days at the waterfront restaurants, tapas bars, and cafes. In either spot, you'll find panoramic views that offer a peek into local life. Book a Tarragona vacation rental by the sea, with its own pool, or both, and indulge in all the coastal offerings of Spain.

Things to do

From Tarraco to Tarragona, and everything in between

Much of Tarragona is a relic from its days as the Roman colony of Tarraco, so the National Archaeological Museum of Tarragona is an excellent place to start learning about the region's history. A visit to the Casa Museu Castellarnau, a restored aristocratic residence, is also worth a stop. After, tour the Amfiteatre Roma, an arena situated on the Mediterranean and dating back to the 2nd century, or explore the tombs in the Necropolis. In the medieval Old Town, you'll find pieces of the Forum that also still stand.

Activities

Non-stop sun all day, endless Cava all night

Tarragona is a popular attraction for many reasons, but among the most notable are its sandy beaches, thrilling nightlife, and incredible, seafood-heavy food scene. Catch an outdoor concert or performance at Camp de Mart, or soak up some sun on the sandy coast of L'Arrabassada Beach. Enjoy one of the many festivals that pop up throughout the year, from the traditional Santa Tecla Festival to the jazz-infused Tarragona International Dixieland Festival. But no matter how you spend your days, end each night with tapas and endless Cava before heading back to your Tarragona vacation rental.

Weather

Bright, sunshiny days from Enero to Diciembre

Much of the region is steeped in sunshine nearly all year long, but May, June, and September are the best months to enjoy warm temps and low hotel rates. July and August are hot and crowded, but compared to other top summer destinations in Europe, it's rarely as stifling. February through April and October through November won't give you much in the way of beach days, but the largely pleasant weather still makes way for enjoyable sightseeing. Winters are the only time you can expect unpredictable and cold weather that may put a damper on things.

Natural features

Much to love about the Catalonian coast

Situated in Spain's historic and gorgeous region of Catalonia, the port city of Tarragona is bordered by the Balearic Sea on one side, and set against the backdrop of the Costa Daurada Mountains on the other. Tarragona's sandy coastline is a major attraction, as are the crystal blue waters of the sea, ideal for swimming, boating, and fishing. The surrounding lands and rolling hills combined with the mostly sunny climate are the perfect combo for growing grapes and olives, creating two of the region's most appreciated products—and necessary staples for your Tarragona vacation rental.

How to get there

How to get to and around Tarragona

The nearest airport is in Reus (REU), located 5.4 mi (8.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Barcelona (BCN-Barcelona Intl.), which is 44.9 mi (72.2 km) away.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, you can make your way to Tarragona Station.

Where to stay around Tarragona?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,021 vacation rentals near Tarragona. From 396 Houses to 192 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Tarragona for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Tarragona?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Tarragona. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Tarragona Cathedral: 4,315 vacation rentals
  • Casa Canals: 4,315 vacation rentals
  • Tarragona Amphitheatre: 4,327 vacation rentals
  • Tarragona Port: 4,317 vacation rentals
  • Tarragona Station: 4,323 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Tarragona listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Tarragona?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 396 Houses in Tarragona. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Tarragona include:

  • Villas: 192 rentals available
  • Cottages: 52 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 2,294 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Tarragona?

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