Catalonia, Valencia, and the Costa Blanca

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Catalonia, Valencia, and the Costa Blanca - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Amphitheater

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Tarragona, the Emperor Augustus's favorite winter resort, had arguably the finest amphitheater in Roman Iberia, built in the 2nd century AD...Read More

  • 2. Casa Castellarnau

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Now an art and historical museum, this Gothic palauet (town house) built by Tarragona nobility in the 18th century includes stunning furnishings...Read More

  • 3. Catedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built between the 12th and 14th century on the site of a Roman temple and a mosque, this cathedral shows the transition from Romanesque to Gothic...Read More

  • 4. El Serrallo

    Market/Bazaar

    The always-entertaining fishing quarter and harbor are below the city near the bus station and the mouth of the Francolí River. Attending the...Read More

  • 5. Gaudí Centre

    Museum/Gallery

    This small museum in Reus (a 20-minute drive from Tarragona) showcases the life and work of the city's most illustrious son, including copies...Read More

  • 6. Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona

    Museum/Gallery

    A 1960s neoclassical building contains this museum housing the most significant collection of Roman artifacts in Catalonia. Among the items...Read More

  • 7. Museu Paleocristià i Necrópolis

    Museum/Gallery

    Just uphill from the fish market are this early Christian necropolis and museum. In 1923, the remains of a burial ground were discovered during...Read More

  • 8. Museu Pau Casals

    Museum/Gallery

    The family house of renowned cellist Pau (Pablo) Casals (1876–1973) is on the beach at Sant Salvador, just east of the town of El Vendrell....Read More

  • 9. Passeig Arqueològic

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    A 1½-km (1-mile) circular path skirting the surviving section of the 3rd-century-BC Ibero-Roman ramparts, this walkway was built on even earlier...Read More

  • 10. Praetorium

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This towering building was Augustus's town house, and is reputed to be the birthplace of Pontius Pilate. Its Gothic appearance is the result...Read More

  • 11. Roman Circus

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Students have excavated the vaults of the 1st-century AD Roman arena, near the amphitheater. The plans just inside the gate show that the vaults...Read More

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