Discover Tarragona and beachs
The history of what is today Tarragona began with the ancient Romans, although the region was already populated by the 5th century B.C. As part of the Second Punic War, in 218 B.C., Cnaeus Cornelius Scipio landed in Tarragona and set up a garrison that would, over time, become the main military base in Hispania. Over the next 200 years, the entire Iberian Peninsula was conquered from this base and Roman civilisation penetrated all Hispania.
In the 2nd century B.C., the city itself was established through the construction of its wall and the planning of its roads. It became increasingly important over the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. with the arrival of new settlers. Julius Caesar granted it the title of colony most likely in 45 B.C. From 26 to 25 B.C., the emperor Augustus made the city his home, using it to oversee the fight against the Cantabrians and Asturians and, for the first time, to rule the empire from outside Rome. In this period, the city underwent several additional transformations, including the refurbishment of its road system, the construction of its theatre and the building of its altar, as recorded in several classical sources.
Over the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D., Tarraco, as capital of the empire’s largest province, Hispania Citerior, which spanned over half the Iberian Peninsula, became a major hub and underwent its period of greatest urban growth. The city was filled with monuments, the forum was enlarged and the thermae, or public baths, and amphitheatre were built. Likewise, the magnificent architectural complex consisting of the provincial forum and circus was built on the acropolis. Moreover, the famous Temple of Augustus, mentioned by the Roman historian Tacitus, was built, which served as an example for all the empire’s provinces and was restored by the emperor Adrian during his visit to the city in 122 and 123 A.D.
In the year 259 A.D., the bishop Fructuosus and his deacons Augurius and Eulogius were martyred in the amphitheatre. Records bear witness to the existence of an already well organised Christian community in the city. The crisis in the 3rd century A.D. affected Tarraco, and accounts have survived of fires, both in the capital city and in several villages in the countryside. The city slowly recovered over the 4th and 5th centuries A.D., but some areas were permanently abandoned. Notable monuments from this period include the late-Roman Centcelles villa and the paleochristian necropolis with its two basilicas. At this point, the power of the bishop of Tarragona, as Primate of Hispania, was at its greatest.
The importance of Tarraco remains clear in the legacy of monuments and ruins that history has bequeathed us. Time and, above all, the city’s own evolution have caused many to disappear. However, in recognition of their importance, substantial efforts have been made in recent years to recover and restore these sites so that they can be shown to the public.
Arrabassada: 500 m. from to the hotel.
Golden sand beach, crystal clear water, 550m long. Handicapped access beach and boardwalk. There are parking area.
Savinosa Beach: 800 m from to the hotel.
Naturist beach of fine golden sand, where you can enjoy an relaxing enviroment, water and natural vegetation.
Larga Beach: 2 Km from to the hotel.
Fine sand beach, 2700 m long, equipped with all kinds of services and facilities available for the public use.
Miracle Beach: 1,5 Km from to the hotel.
Urban Beach of 500 m long, of golden sand and clam water.