From Barcelona we drove south to Valencia. The roads are incredibly new and well planned.  What amazed us the most was that the toll road [freeway] runs parallel to the surface road which is as good as the one where you have to pay. On our way we stopped at Tarragona and visited the city.

The old city walls - Portal de Sant Antoni

City walls of Tarragona were built by the Romans in 2nd century B.C. and today they are the oldest Roman construction still conserved outside Italy.


The Cathedral of Tarragona is dedicated to Virgin Mary .  Its construction started during the 12th century in place of a Roman temple.  The steps one has to climb to get to the entrance of the Cathedral are quite steep and filled with tourists and vendors alike.


The Cloister of the Cathedral -  as always - is quiet and serene.