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Tarragona is a port city located on Catalonia's Costa Daurada (northeastern Spain) and on Mediterranean Sea. Costa Daurada ("Golden Coast") is named for the colour of the sand when the sun is shining. Spain's Golden Coast is the area between Cunit (Baix Penedes) and Alcanar (Montsia). Tarragona City has population around 132,200 and covers a total area of approx 58 km2 (22 ml2).
In 2017, Tarragona cruise port and one of Europe's major cruise lines -Costa Cruises, signed a deal for homeporting here the 1727-passenger ship Costa neoRiviera (now AIDAmira) in the period between June 2 through September 22, 2017.
The port's proximity to Barcelona and the myriad of attractions in and around the city make Tarragona an attractive and cheap departure port for Costa Crociere. The scheduled weekly departures plus 2 additional ship calls (by the 3780-passenger Costa Favolosa) resulted in around 470,00 cruise tourists to the port in season 2017. neoRiviera's departures were scheduled for the Fridays. The ship's Mediterranean itinerary included Savona, Porto Torres (Sardinia Island), Port Mahon (Menorca Island), Ibiza Island, Formentera Island and Palma de Mallorca (Majorca Island) on 7-day round-trips from Tarragona.
In 2016, Tarragona port handled 22 cruise ships - a double increase over 2015. For season 2018, the port had booked 50 ship calls.
- Tarragona lies on the Catalonia coast of western Mediterranean Sea, southwest of Barcelona. The city's archaeological museum has an exclusive collection of Roman statuary. The remains of defensive walls and a Roman amphitheatre are in the city, and a 2-tiered Roman aqueduct is close by. The Romanesque cathedral (constructed during the 12th century is famous for its Gothic facade. Nearby are the beaches of Costa Dorado.
- Founded by the Iberians in ancient times, Tarragona was conquered by the Romans. They developed it into one of their major and splendid towns in late 3rd century BC. The Moors razed Tarragona in the 8th century AD. Following a period of decline, the fortunes of Tarragona were restored during the 12th century.
- Tarragona is home to a comparatively large port and Rovira i Virgili University. Much of the economic activity comes from chemical industries situated south of the city.
- Popular Retinue is the main living heritage, a great parade of dances and bestiary. They participate in Santa Tecla Festival and are so popular in Tarragona and all Catalonia that they have their own home called "Casa de la Festa", Festivities House.
- A number of beaches, some of which awarded Blue Flag designation, line along the Mediterranean coast close to the city.
- Tarragona is situated near the resort of Salou and PortAventura amusement park, one of the largest in Europe.
- Tarragona has a number of small restaurants, bars and cafes serving sandwiches, tapas and local seafood, as well as Catalan dishes including "neules i torrons" or "pa amb tomàquet". Many such outlets are located in the historic centre, including those at Plaça del Rei, Plaça del Fòrum and Plaça de la Font. El Serrallo's neighbourhood, at the harbour, is specialised in seafood cuisine.
- Between 1903-1989, Chartreuse, the French liqueur made by Carthusian Monks, was distilled in Tarragona, following monks' expulsion from France.
Tarragona cruise terminal
There is a plan for building a new cruise ship berth with scheduled completion for season 2020.
Port Tarragona cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Tarragona, Costa Daurada, Spain. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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