If you’re planning to spend your holidays with your children, there's so much under Tarragona’s historical surface to explore. The Spanish province of Tarragona is famous for its Roman architecture and art scene, but it also has interactive museums, marvellous theme parks, and outdoor activities to keep the young and old entertained.

    We have selected some of the most exciting and entertaining adventures for travellers of all ages. From soaring across the woods on a zipline to experiencing unique local festivals, there’s no doubt that Tarragona offers plenty of things to do for families. Pack your bags, head for the coast, and open Tarragona’s treasure trove of family fun. Note that some of these family-friendly places may close during certain times of the year, so it’s a good idea to check their official websites for the latest opening hours.

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    Pont del Diable

    Start the day with a pinch of history

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    Ferreres Aqueduct or Pont del Diable is an impressive aqueduct built by the Romans in the 1st century. A great spot to kick off your family trip in Tarragona, you can climb the hills around the conduit to get tremendous views of this ancient structure, which spans over 200 metres in length.

    The park around the aqueduct is excellent for a leisurely stroll – you might even encounter local wildlife such as lizards. Walking over Ferreres Aqueduct is a highlight, as you can see the surrounding pine forests and shoot fantastic holiday photos as keepsakes.

    Location: 43130 Sant Salvador, Tarragona, Spain

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 9.30 pm

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    Aqualeon

    Cool down in this family-friendly waterpark

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    Aqualeon is fun waterpark in Tarragona that combines a relaxing bathing experience with adrenaline-pumping activities. Adults and older kids can glide on steep slides and raft down the rapid river, while shallow pools with waterfalls and playsets are suitable for the youngest family members. If you want to take a break from Aqualeon’s thrilling attractions, you can relax on deck chairs, which are located under palm trees.

    Location: 43716 Albinyana, Tarragona, Spain

    Phone: +34 977 68 76 56

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    Playa de Regueral

    Take a break on Cambrils’ main beach

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    Playa de Regueral is a 1.2 km stretch of sand where you can unwind with the family. This beach in Cambrils also offers plenty of activities, from banana boat rides and jet-skiing to floating bouncing castles for the little ones. 

    You can bring your own food for a family picnic on the beach or explore restaurants lining the streets behind Playa de Regueral. The beach also has restrooms and reclining chairs for your convenience.

    Location: Av. de la Diputació, 6, 43850 Cambrils, Tarragona, Spain

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    Castell de la Santa Creu

    Climb to the top of a medieval safehold

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    Castell de la Santa Creu is an 11th-century limestone fortress sitting on a hilltop in Calafell, a coastal town 30 km northeast of the city of Tarragona. The beautifully preserved castle is a delight for history buffs, but also children who will enjoy stories about knights told by local guides and information displays on the premises.

    The panoramic view from the top of the castle is superb – the colourful rooftops of Calafell, lush hills, and the seafront lie just at your feet. Tickets to Castell de la Santa Creu cost around €4 for adults and children.

    Location: Carrer de les Penyes, 11B, 43820 Calafell, Tarragona, Spain

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +34 977 69 00 81

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    L’Hort de la Sinia

    Bask in wellness treatments and learn about organic farming

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    Locals at L’Hort de la Sinia take pride in passing on their knowledge of organic farming and eco-friendly lifestyle to travellers. Children can plant and maintain their own vegetables and plant beds, as well as learn about animals in the surrounding nature. Adults can indulge in pampering and therapeutic massages, a sauna session, and facial treatments.

    Guides at L’Hort de la Sinia can tell you everything about the healing benefits of the medicinal herbs and plants they grow. They also show you around the gorgeous Gaià River Nature Reserve encircling the farm.

    Location: 43008 Tamarit, Tarragona, Spain

    Phone: +34 655 48 61 15

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    Ebro Delta

    Inhale the beauty of the river basin

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    You’ll discover that Ebro Delta is actually a vast outdoor playground, with tons of enjoyable activities to list on your holiday itinerary. The Ebro River is one of the longest rivers in Spain, and this watershed is situated 100 km south of Tarragona town.

    This nature reserve is one of the best places in Tarragona for birdwatching, kayaking and cycling. During summer, 45-minute cruises take you on a relaxing tour along the river mouth.

    Location: 43870, Tarragona, Spain

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    Playa Cristal

    End the day on a picturesque beach

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    Playa Cristal is a beach located 40 km outside the city of Tarragona. This 1.5-km-long strip of sand offers plenty of activities, including barbecues on the beach or leisurely strolls on its pedestrian-friendly promenade. Playa Cristal also caters to youths – climbing frames and a wooden pirate ship are some of the many kid-friendly pieces of equipment on this waterfront.

    Location: 43892 Miami Platja, Tarragona, Spain

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    Casa de la Festa

    Dive deeper in Tarragona’s festival culture

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    Casa de la Festa, a museum in central Tarragona, is dedicated to the traditional celebrations and party costumes worn during the town's festivals. Spain is famous for its vibrant fiestas, displayed in dance, pumping music, and flashy clothing, so it’s worth the time to experience it in Tarragona.

    Kids will enjoy seeing the many artificial dragons, traditional music instruments, and dressed-up statues on display. If you want to learn about Tarragona’s long-established celebrations, there’s a wall with informative descriptions within the Casa de la Festa museum.

    Location: Via Augusta, 4, 43003 Tarragona, Spain

    Phone: +34 977 22 32 11

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    Port of Tarragona Museum

    Learn more about Tarragona as a fishing town

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    The Port of Tarragona Museum takes you on a fascinating journey through Tarragona’s maritime history. You can check out lighthouses, conventional fishing tools, and ancient vessels during your visit. Some of the items on display even date back to the Roman era, when Tarragona was already a centre of sea trade. 

    Guided tours of the museum are available upon request. The Port of Tarragona Museum’s location enhances the atmosphere – it sits in an old warehouse for shipped goods, on the waterfront of the current harbour.

    Location: Moll de la Costa, 43004 Tarragona, Spain

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +34 977 25 94 34

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    Jungle Trek

    Enjoy thrilling zipline courses in this outdoor park

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    Jungle Trek is an adventure park around 10 km north of Tarragona’s centre. It’s an excellent place for adventurous travellers looking to spend a couple of hours in a lush jungle. You can cross rope bridges or fly through the woods on a zipline course.

    There are easy forest treks set up for younger children, which makes Jungle Trek a suitable draw for visitors of all ages. Catch your breath at the bar, where drinks, snacks, and regional wines are served.

    Location: 43008, Tamarit, Tarragona, Spain

    Phone: +34 692 69 03 34

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    Huub Lakerveld | Contributing Writer

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