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Tarragona 48 hours… with the children

1 July 2022

Friday afternoon

Tarragona is Tarragona. seraglio is the Seraglio. We start the weekend in one of the neighborhoods with the most personality in the city. If you arrive around half past three, you'll be treated to the spectacle of the docks: the colorful arrival of the trawlers, escorted by a large flock of screeching seagulls. You will savor, young and old, the most seafaring Tarragona.

There is always something to do near the port. If the afternoon is long, it will invite you to have a drink on the terraces of the Fisherman's Wharf. In summer a fair of traveling attractions is installed here that will delight the little ones. If you feel like walking, the best option is to take the Paseo del Coast Pier, that of the ancients Sheds or port warehouses. In one of them is the Port Museum, which teaches fishing gear and port heritage. If you make an appointment in advance, you can also enjoy interesting discovery activities for the little ones. In addition, on summer nights, guided tours of the Serrallo neighborhood are organized, leaving from the museum.

During the colder months, in the Marina Tarraco you will find moored some of the largest yachts in the world. You won't be able to board them, but you can become captain aboard the Tarragona Blue, a boat that makes boat trips to the cape of Salou, if desired, with lunch or dinner included. If you are late on the mainland, the Serrallo offers you many good options to taste the fish unloaded in the afternoon. You can savor the best of this neighborhood's recipe book at Xaloc restaurant, while the little ones play in the park located in front of the establishment, if they still have any strength left.

Saturday morning

Beyond the monuments and the busy life in the city, Tarragona has preserved several spaces that have a high natural and heritage interest and that are worth getting to know as a family. The Pont del Diable Ecohistoric Park It is a treasure full of Mediterranean biodiversity, lives, colors and smells that combine with the imposing Ferreres Aqueduct, one of the symbols of the city. The "Family" activity invites children and adults to discover this Roman monument and its privileged surroundings together on the first Saturday of each month.

If you prefer to enjoy the beach, perhaps you will be interested in the Tarragona Family Kayaking, a sailing activity specially designed for family groups and that takes place in summer. The activity begins in the marina, where you will learn some basic concepts about kayaking, and then observe the coastline and the beaches Miracle, Arrabassada and Savinosa, in a fun way and from a new perspective.

Another good alternative for Saturday morning is to visit the Hort de la Sinia, an agro-ecological farm located next to the Natural Area of ​​the mouth of the Gaià River and the natural beach of Tamarit. Upon reservation, you can take part in a discovery tour of the farm and feed the animals or collect the eggs, if any, from the hens, geese and ducks, all native breeds. You can also visit the breeding center for the land turtle (Testudo Hermani), the seasonal garden and the sensory path, which encourages interaction with aromatic plants.

Saturday afternoon

On Saturday afternoon we will tour the historical and monumental heritage of a city made to measure for the little ones: everything or almost everything we have to see will be discovered by taking a walk. The Pulvinar restaurant, one of the most traditional pizzerias in Tarragona, is located on the presidential stand of the Roman circus, where the chariot races took place. In fact, much of the city has been built over the centuries taking advantage of the imposing structures of Tarraco, the ancient Roman capital of Hispania.

In the early afternoon, the narrowness of the streets of the Part High (historic quarter) will protect you in summer from the sun and intense heat. You cannot leave without visiting the Fountain Square, the colorful mural of the Sedassos Squaremain Street, Cavallers street, Comte street and its decorated pylons, and the great model of tarraco to Pallol square, which represents the city in the second century, the period of its greatest splendor. Two of the most representative monuments of the Roman complex are the Amphitheater, where gladiator fights were held and which is open to the Mediterranean, and the Circus, located just a few steps from the Amphitheater entering through the Praetorium Tower. Going through a good section of the interior of the circus stands, under the current city, is a genuine Tarragona experience.

Some companies offer guided tours specially designed for a family audience. Iber, for example, has designed two educational activities in the archeological walk, an open space without cars, ideal for children to run and, another, in the circus. With «Paseando por Tarraco», Auriga offers a two-hour educational itinerary that will allow you to discover the main elements of Roman Tarragona. Also from the hand of Auriga you can discover the "Mysteries of the Cathedral", a temple full of stories and hidden symbols. If you prefer, you can visit the Cathedral without guides, you just have to request educational material in the access area that will make the circuit more enjoyable for the little ones.

Right next to the circus we find the House of the Festa, a space where the city exhibits the traditional elements that make up the much-loved Festive Entourage. Beasts, giants and big heads wait here for the moment to take the celebration back to the streets, a moment of shared joy in Tarragona.

There are several recommended places to dine with children: the restaurant Terrassa Beans, with views over the amphitheater and the Mediterranean, is located in a children's park isolated from traffic. If you are back in the Part Alta you can also have a snack in one of the numerous establishments between the Fountain Square, the nerve center of the city at sunset, the King's Square or the square of the Forum.

Sunday morning

Sunday is not the last day of the week, but the second holiday day for many people, especially for children during the school year, willing to squeeze the time left before returning to routine on Monday. A good way to celebrate Sunday is to have breakfast in establishments child-friendly and Cal Verdaguer, famous for its confectionery.

Many Sundays the National Archaeological Museum organizes discovery activities aimed at a family audience. The theme is diverse: from fashion and makeup to advertising, through architecture, culture or Roman mythology. If what you are looking for is adventure and exercise, an alternative is the Jungle trek: zip lines, lianas, rope swings... Through different circuits, this park installed in the forest proposes a different way of having fun in direct contact with nature.

If you have stayed in the Part Alta neighbourhood, the historic center of Tarragona, you will soon discover that Sundays are very lively here. Towards noon, the terraces of the Plazas de la Font, del Fòrum and del Rei fill up with people from Tarragona who sunbathe and drink vermouth, and many of them will end up staying to eat in the area. The three urban spaces ̶ the Font, Fòrum and Rei squares ̶ are safe places with restricted circulation, the ideal urban location for children to run freely, share games and have a different experience of a different city.

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