Baelo Claudia

Tarifa, Spain

Baelo Claudia is a well preserved Roman city in Andalucia, Spain, founded in the 2nd century BC. The town was important for fish processing. It was also a centre for trade with Roman towns in North Africa.

The life of the inhabitants reached its greatest splendor during the 1st century BC and the 2nd century AD. In the middle of the 2nd century, however, the town declined, probably as a result of a major earthquake which wiped out a large part. In addition to such natural disasters, by the 3rd century, the town was beset by hordes of pirates, both Germanic and Barbary. Although it experienced a slight renaissance later in the century, by the 6th century, the town had been abandoned.

Excavations have revealed the most comprehensive remains of a Roman town in the whole of the Iberian Peninsula, with extremely interesting monuments such as the basilica, theatre, market, and the temple of Isis. Today you can visit the museum, walk around the remains, and admire the scenic location.

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Founded: Roman
Category: Ruins in Spain

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Oo Barber (6 months ago)
Organised entry wasn't working well. Very limited tickets for entry times. Having gone back twice there's not enough explanations how to get tickets. Sadly lots of frustration in people being turned away from this lovely place....
Rod MacPhedran (6 months ago)
I could imagine Roman soldiers coming by sea and seeing this wonderful city on the hill with its three temples overlooking the sea.wow
Aguas Santas Martinez Reina (7 months ago)
A lovely place by the sea. Excellent views
Kathryn May (7 months ago)
If you get to an elevated position you'll see 3 countries Gib, Marruecos & Spain, the Mediterranean Sea & the Atlantic Ocean with Roman ruins in the middle ground! Stunning. No other word for it.
André Alves (8 months ago)
An outstanding and magic place where you can have a different perspective from ancient times. To be seen and recommendable
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