Included in the many cultural activities Barcelona SAE offers are day trips to nearby towns. Today students will go on their second day trip of the spring semester to Tarragona. It is located about an hour and half from Barcelona. A mix between beautiful sandy beaches, archaeological developments, and numerous museums, Tarragona is a great place to explore the Roman influence on Catalan culture. The city is located in the southern-most province in Catalonia, on the Costa Doradaor “Gold Coast.”
Tarragona was a particularly important place during Roman times; it was established as their base for the conquest of the Iberian Peninsula which began in the 3rd century BC. The Romans built several temples and monuments, most of which still remain to this day. One of the most famous monuments from the Roman times is the amphitheater that seats 13,000 and dates from the 2nd century BC. Today, Tarragona is an industrial city with a large port and a university, and is known for its fine beaches and historical significance.
Upon arrival, our students will experience a guided tour of the amphitheater and other impressive sites including the Roman walls and Roman forum. After enjoying a nice group lunch students will have free time to spend the rest of the day exploring the city. For some students this could mean shopping, hanging out on the beach, or seeing more of the ancient marvels Tarragona has to offer.