Tuesday, January 04, 2011
We looked through our mini-guide books, did a quick search online, and decided to stop in Tarragona (on the southern coast of Spain, about 2/3 of the way from Valencia to Barcelona). We picked this town (city?) because it has all kinds of Roman ruins - aqueduct, amphitheatre, bath houses, etc. Also medieval walls around the old city, Gothic and Romanesque churches - turned out to be a really great town. We stopped at a hotel and the price was right (and it's very clean, a spacious room, free wifi, and a view of the Mediterranean) - and then spent several hours at the amphitheatre, then walking on La Rambla, the pedestrian street. Great holiday lights on the streets, all kinds of artisans with stalls as well as piles of clothes and other items, a variety of restaurants and bakeries and bars - and probably half the town out walking, up and down, up and down. We had a great afternoon and evening, and this is definitely a place to return to for more exploring!