Tarragona 19 May 2013 (1)

If you have already read my post about Tarragona 23 years on you´ll know that last weekend I spent 3 days in Tarragona. This charming city is South from Barcelona. I stayed in the city itself and also visited the region around Tortosa & the Delta del Ebro.

The excuse for my visit was to participate in a Bloggers Conference. Travel Bloggers Meeting – TBMCatSur. This took place on 17th-20thMay in the Palau de Congressos de Tarragona. Over 100 bloggers descended on this historic city to meet up and also experience this fabulous location.Tarragona Cathedral Spain piccavey com

Tarragona is over 700kms from my hometown of Granada. I travelled there with AVE High speed train and stayed in Tarragona city centre at the Hotel Ciutat de Tarragona. This city is captivating, particularly for historic enthusiasts, lots of Roman walls, relics and buildings. The highlight is a magnificent Amphitheatre situated right next to the sea. This group of monuments has UNESCO World Heritage recognition. I have seen other UNESCO sites in Spain which you can read at this link . This photo above of Tarragona Cathedral built in 1154.

Tarragona Ludi Scaenici Roman Music 17 May 2013   piccavey com

The night we arrived a Roman music concert was held for our group in the Tower of Pilates. This building is dated 1 A.D. The concert was part of the Tarraco Viva annual festival, celebrating the historical past of the city. The group Ludi Scaenici specializes in the music and culture of ancient Rome. They offered us an enthralling and unique performance. (The musicians are pictured with me below)Terres del Ebre May 2013 (8)

Outdoor activities were based around the Delta del Ebro region. This area South of Tarragona called Terres del Ebre is rich in birdlife and natural spaces. A great setting for water sports, cycling and hiking. We got to try Kayaking and Paddle surf on the beach. 

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We had a gorgeous morning at Sant Carlos de la Rapita  messing about on waves in the Kayaks and Paddle surf boards for a few hours. Of course we got a bit wetter than we´d expected but as it was a sunny morning we soon dried off. 

Kayak Sant Carles de la Rapita Tarragona Spain

That afternoon we headed inland to the historic town of Tortosa. We had an interesting activity set up for us. At the same time as visiting the quaint old parts of the town we would be involved in a strategic role play game amongst our group.

Tortosa Tarragona Spain  A walk up to the castleTBMCatSur

Each person was given a script or guideline of a particular character. We had to interact with the other group members to try to convince them to support us, give us money or help us in someway. As the afternoon went one the game got more fun as the characters become more clear. More information about FaNac´s activity here Role play templarios 12th Century Tortosa Cathedral in Terres del Ebre Spain

The Cathedral of Tortosa, (cloister pictured above) the Castle & Parador and the old part of the town were a wonderful setting for this activity and we had great weather too.

View from Parador de Tortosa, Tarragona Spain

View from Parador de Tortosa, Tarragona Spain

The experience over the weekend made the long trip from Granada worthwhile. The TBM in Tarragona was in Spanish language with bloggers from all over Spain.  I must thank the sponsors collaborators and organisers of the event as it was very well coordinated and great fun! Tarragona Spain TBMCatSur piccavey com

Special thanks go to Terres del Ebre & Costa Dorada Tourist Board who created great variety of activities for us to enjoy. Also to Panama Jack Boots & HomeAway for the handy Backpacks that we were given to put my extra things in to travel home with.

My personal highlight was meeting other bloggers and chatting to them. I met alot of new friends over this week and am already looking forward to the next TBM!