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Culinary tradition right on the seafront

The Serrallo, Tarragona’s fishing district, is a must for visitors thanks to its varied cuisine and its privileged location near the sea. The flow of trade through the Serrallo has led to a great culinary tradition. Its restaurants and shops, many of them almost a hundred years old, are now run by the children and grandchildren of fishermen, and preserve the maritime essence of a place whose history is forever linked to the sea. 

The origins of an emblematic place

For hundreds of years the fishermen of the Serrallo have looked to the sea, beneath the protective shade of the ancient Roman city, forever concerned about the time, the condition of the sea, or their boats, formerly beached on the sand, and later protected by the shelter of the sea wall.

At the end of the 18th century, when the Port Works Committee planned the construction of the Marina in the lower part of the city, the fishermen lived in wooden huts, or "sea shops", close to the beach where they moored their fishing boats. It was then that they moved next to the lazaretto and the old remains of the Francolí Fort. It was during the 19th century that the area began to take on the popular name of 'Serrallo'; a name which is believed to have its origins in the serrals, as the fishermen of the day called the rocks close to the coast. Today the word Serrallo is a watchword that refers to one of the most typically Mediterranean areas of Catalonia. The Serrallo is an emblematic part of the city of Tarragona, a little gem of the Mediterranean coast.

The Port and the Serrallo

Throughout its history the Port of Tarragona has been closely linked to the Serrallo, with which it maintains very strong ties. The fishing district has undergone a logical development over the years, in tandem with the port installations with which it has coexisted in harmony. The institutions in charge of managing the Port, initially the Tarragona Port Works Committee and now the Tarragona Port Authority, have always taken it into consideration. Recent initiatives have helped to shape the Serrallo area into the remarkable neighbourhood we see today; a place where Catalonia’s most important fishing fleet docks and operates, and home to a thriving community with a real marine character and essence.




The immediate surroundings of the Port of Tarragona are home to a community that is actively involved in promoting our city. You can access further information in the various sources you will find below, and immerse yourself in the activities organised throughout the year and especially during the local festivals held in each neighbourhood.




The fishermen’s neighbourhood has a number of associations, many of which participate actively in the festive, cultural and religious events of the city of Tarragona and surrounds. In addition, the Serrallo is where the Tarragona Fishermen's Association is located, the hub around which the area’s fishing life revolves.

As for the neighbourhood’s own festivals, there are two of these: on June 29th, Sant Pere (patron of the fishermen’s area) and on July 16th the Verge del Carme (the patron saint of the Serrallo).


AV del Serrallo

Moll Pesquer s/n Espai Entitats el Serrallo - 43004, Tarragona

  + 34 977 232 404  |  + 34 646 858 950

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Above all in recent years, the Port Neighbourhood has strengthened the activity carried out by the associations and cultural institutions which coexist there. In addition, this neighbourhood is home to several tourist attractions such as the Roman Theatre of Tarragona, currently undergoing restoration, or the distinctive Tarragona Chartreuse Factory. 

The Port Residents’ Association works to address the needs of the neighbourhood, as well as maintaining the area active throughout the year with activities and proposals such as those for Christmas, Carnival, Easter or Halloween. In the summer, at the end of July, the Port Neighbourhood’s street parties are held, lasting for several days and attracting people of all ages. The association also promotes the Gegants del Port and La Cucafera, some of the city’s most well-loved festival items.





The Carme neighbourhood covers the area of Jaume I and Vidal i Barraquer. This district, which is gradually adding participants to its association, celebrates its Verge de la Carme Festival.

These festivities, held in honour of the holy virgin known as the Mare de Déu del Carme, are held on the weekend prior to July 16th, and include several recreational, culinary and traditional activities.


 AV Verge del Carme

 C/ Francesc Bastos, 3 Baixos - 43005

  977 229 748

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This district, on the banks of the River Francolí, is adding activities and initiatives year by year, with things reaching their high point during the neighbourhood’s festivals.

The Palau-Torres Jordi Residential Neighbourhood’s festivals are held annually, in early September, with activities for all tastes and ages, and each year they garner a greater number of participants, not only among the residents of the neighbourhood, but also those from neighbouring ones and organisations from all over the city of Tarragona.



AV Residencial Palau - Torres Jordi

C/ Xavier Montsalvatge, 7, Esc. B, Baixos - 43005


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