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Hotels in Tarragona & Tarragona Province, Cataluña, Spain

Church and Castle of Sant Marti Illuminated at Night, Altafulla, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
Majestically sited on a rocky hill, sheer above the sea, TARRAGONA is an ancient place. Settled originally by Iberians and then Carthaginians, it was later used as the base for the Roman conquest of the peninsula, which began in 218 BC with Scipio's march south against Hannibal. The fortified city became an imperial resort and, under Augustus, Tarraco became capital of Rome's eastern Iberian province - the most elegant and cultured city of Roman Spain, boasting at its peak a quarter of a million inhabitants..
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Hotels in Tarragona Province by Location:
Tarragona Province - Reus - Tarragona - Tortosa - Vandellos
Hotels on the Costa Dorada: 
Costa Dorada - Calafell - Cambrils - Coma-Ruga - La Pineda - L'Ampolla - Salou
Sitges - Tarragona - Vilaseca
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TARRAGONA FEATURED HOTELS - COSTA DORADA, SPAIN
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Hotel AC Tarragona, Tarragona
The AC Tarragona is a modern eight-storey hotel located in historic Tarragona, 500 metres from the main train station and one kilometre from the cathedral. Guests can relax on the terrace in warm weather and work out using the hotel's modern fitness equipment. Business guests have the use of fully-equipped conference facilities and there is wireless Internet access throughout the hotel; those guests arriving by car will appreciate garage parking. The hotel restaurant, with its minimalist-style decor, serves modern Spanish and Mediterranean dishes and a wide range of fine local wines and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The 115 air-conditioned guestrooms have crisp white bedding, parquet flooring and modern cream decor.  All include minibars, satellite television, telephones, wireless Internet, and complimentary newspapers. 
Hotel Ciutat de Tarragona, Tarragona
The modern silver-fronted Hotel Ciutat de Tarragona overlooks the central Imperio Tarraco Square, four blocks away from the ruins of Roman Tarragona. Directly in front of the hotel are the tree-lined promenades of the Imperial Tarraco Square. For a family day out, the fun-packed Port Aventura theme park is a 10 kilometer drive away.  Guests can work out in the on site fitness center, go for a revitalising dip in the pool, relax in the sauna or enjoy tapas, aperitifs and Mediterranean cuisine in one of the hotel's two restaurants. Other amenities include a business center, banquet facilities and 24-hour front desk. The 168 soundproofed guestrooms have designer furniture and polished parquet floors. Guestroom amenities include Internet connections and newspapers. Bathrooms have designer toiletries, bathroom telephones and hand-held showers.
Hotel SB Express, Tarragona
The SB Express Tarragona is a modern hotel located right in the centre of the old Roman HQ of Tarragona and about 900m from the World Heritage Site of Roman Tarraco. This comfortable, contemporary hotel is only another 8km from the Port Aventura theme park.  For the stressed parent there is a babysitting service to allow for a few hours of peace and quiet in the cafeteria or for a night out enjoying the delights of the Tarragonian nightlife. The 24 hour multi-lingual front desk staff can organise bike and car rental as well as advice on the best golf courses and beaches in the area.  In the cafeteria one finds a wide range of breakfasts, meals, salads and warm and cold sandwiches. The opening hours are from 7 to 11 pm which is complemented at night with a vending service. Small pets are welcomed into the hotel at a small extra charge.  Those guests that want to keep in touch with their friends and relatives or simply check their mails can do it at the Internet Point. 
Husa Imperial Tarraco, Tarragona
Husa Imperial Tarraco overlooks the Mediterranean Sea in the historical Roman city of Tarragona, Spain.  Making the most of its seaside location, the hotel's Restaurant Alborada pairs specialty regional and International cuisine with scenic Mediterranean views. The hotel also offers daily breakfast service. Additionally, Husa Imperial Tarraco operates a lounge bar where leather sofa arrangements promote relaxed conversations. The hotel also hosts business gatherings in its conference facilities, equipped with wireless Internet service. Outside, the landscaped grounds showcase gardens, a tennis court and an aqua blue swimming pool. Husa Imperial Tarraco offers 170 guestrooms. Rooms display light neutral colors and plaid bedspreads with coordinating window treatments. Each includes complimentary newspapers, satellite television, bathrobes, refrigerators, and minibars.
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REUS FEATURED HOTELS
Reus - the capital of the comarca of Baix Camp, in the province of Tarragona, Catalonia, located at 117 metres above sea level.  Reus is an important commercial city with a great sense of civic pride. People from Reus have a reputation for openmindedness and are very proud to live in their city.  The area has always been an important producer of wines and spirits.  In recent years tourism in Reus has expanded as more and more people flock to the Costa Dorada for their summer holidays or some winter sun. Click to view map
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Hotel Gaudí. Reus
The Hotel Gaudí is a modern, eight-floor property situated in the centre of Reus in the Catalonia region of Spain, 8 kilometres from the coastal resort of Salou and 12 kilometres from Tarragona. Guests can start the day with the hotel's breakfast services, and relax with a drink in the air-conditioned bar with its distinctive mosaic flooring.  Nearby parking is also available for guests arriving by car. The hotel is in an excellent position to explore the surrounding area; the Port Aventura theme park is eight kilometres away, and the beaches and historic town of Cambrils are 12 kilometres distance.  Reus Airport is 7 kilometres from the hotel, an approximate driving time of 10 minutes.  This hotel features 83 guestrooms with simple, light decor and modern furnishings. All offer air conditioning, satellite television, telephones and refrigerators. 
TORTOSA FEATURED HOTELS & PARADOR, TARRAGONA PROVINCE
Tortosa -  the capital of the comarca of Baix Ebre, in the province of Tarragona, in Catalonia, Spain, located at 12 metres above the sea, by the Ebre river. It was conquered from the Moors by the Count Ramon Berenguer IV of Barcelona in 1148.  Visit the Ebro Delta Natural Park, the Benifallet Caves and Miravet Castle. Click to view map
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Hotel Berenguer IV, Tortosa
The Berenguer IV is a modern hotel located in the centre of Tortosa in the Tarragona Region of Spain, 10 kilometres from the Delta de l'Ebre nature reserve. The city centre offers a number of attractions within 300 metres including the Gothic cathedral and Municipal Park. The historic Jewish district, Remolins, is a one kilometre walk. The national park and nature reserve of the Delta de l'Ebre is 10 kilometres away as is the region's mountainous area.  After breakfast guests can browse through complimentary newspapers in the lobby while enjoying a coffee from the café.  Business guests benefit from three meeting and convention rooms accommodating functions from lectures to cocktail parties.  The multilingual concierge is on hand 24 hours a day to help guests make the most of their stay in the city. Pay parking is available 200 metres away. 
Exterior Views Parador de Tortosa, Tortosa
In the centre of the fertile Ebro valley and sheltered by the Beceite mountains, which provide a stunning view from the pool and balconies, the Hotel stands in the higher part of this town which adds its own beauty to the attractions of the different types of natural settings around it.  Abderramán III decided to build the fortress which now houses La Zuda (well), and four splendid Catalan Gothic windows. The interior decor of the hotel reflects a predominantly Christian, baronial style, with traditional furniture and wooden beams. Within the arabesque-decorated walls the dining room stands out with its Gothic windows. Sit by one of the Gothic windows in the Parador’s dining room and enjoy its rice dishes, its anguila en suc, its suquet de peix (fish stew) or the local pastries, pastissets and garrofetas.
VANDELLOS FEATURED HOTELS
Vandellos - wonderful mountainous scenery, and a great area for golfers. Click to view map
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F & G La Figuerola Resort, Vandellos
The F&G La Figuerola Resort is an elegant, rustic property dating from the 11th century and surrounded by a golf course, set ten kilometres from the beach. The hotel is well placed for exploring the surrounding area; the Calafat Racing Circuit is 20 kilometres away, and Port Aventura and Aquopolis Water Park are within 38 kilometres.  The hotel offers two dining options: El Safreig serves a range of local and international dishes from an à la carte menu in an elegant, rustic setting, with 11th-century features and an adjacent cellar; Swing offers regional seasonal dishes in a relaxed, modern setting. Guests can compete on the hotel's 18-hole pitch and putt course; refresh themselves in the outdoor pool, and relax in the hotel spa which houses an indoor heated pool, a sauna, a jetted tub, turkish bath, gym, and a massage treatment room.  The hotel also has a reading room, and the Hoyo 19 Bar has views over the golfing area. 
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Tarragona Tourist Information   by Gary Marshall

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Tarragona is the main city on the Costa Dorada and capital of the province which bears its name. This pleasant town boasts ancient ruins, fine beaches and some excellent museums. Tarragona's city centre can be divided into three main areas. The historic Old Town, Parte Alta, is situated within the city walls and is dominated by the cathedral. To the west is the busy New Town with the tree-lined Rambla Nova running through its centre, and lastly there is the marina and port area which is home to many bars, clubs and restaurants.

Tarragona was one of the most important towns in Spain during Roman times. The city has some significant Roman remains, most notably the amphitheatre near the seafront. This oval-shaped arena could accommodate around 14,000 spectators who would come to watch executions and gladiatorial contests. The church of Santa Maria del Miracle was built on the site during the sixth century. Close to the amphitheatre is the Romanitat Museum which incorporates the remains of the Roman Circus, as well as the Pretori (Governor's House), believed to be the birthplace of Pontius Pilate.

Tamarit Castle, Tarragona, Costa Dorada (Costa Daurada), Catalonia, Spain, Mediterranean
Tamarit Castle, Tarragona, Costa Dorada (Costa Daurada),
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Linked to the Pretori is a modern building which houses the Archaeological Museum. This contains a collection of Roman artifacts including pottery, sculptures, tools and ceramics. The museum's highlight is the well-preserved mosaic of the Medusa's head which has become a symbol of the city. Tarragona's cathedral was built in the 12th century on the site of a former Roman temple. It is notable for its impressive Gothic rose window and intricately carved altarpiece from the 15th century. The huge walls that surround the old town originally date back to pre-Roman times but have been significantly added to and improved over the centuries.
 
Cloister Garden, Tarragona Cathedral, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
Cloister Garden, Tarragona Cathedral, Tarragona, Catalonia
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At the end of the Rambla Nova is the lookout point known as the Balco del Mediterrani, from which there are superb views out to sea. The Rambla Nova is the city's main shopping street with big-name Spanish chain stores situated here. There are also fountains, statues and monuments, including one dedicated to a local hero, Roger de Lluria, and another paying homage the Castellers (or human castles) for which the region is known. Beneath the Balco del Mediterrani is the main city beach, Platja del Miracle. There are two further beaches to the north-west, Arrabasada and Llarga, the latter being regarded as one of the best on this coast.

Tarragona has a variety of bars and restaurants depending on where you are in the city. Around the Placa del Font in the Old Town are tapas bars, pizzerias and smart restaurants, while the Rambla Nova has numerous cafes serving coffee and cakes.

For seafood restaurants the best places are the port area or the Platja Llarga beach outside the city. If you are looking for nightlife, the bars and clubs around the marina are usually very popular, especially with a younger crowd.

Tarragona hosts several good markets throughout the week, including a bric-a-brac and antiques market on Sundays by the cathedral, and an indoor flea market every Tuesday and Thursday at Placa Corsini in the Old Town.

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Latest update: September 25, 2012