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Old Town Restaurant Association (ARPA)
The Old Town Restaurant Association, in the historic centre of Tarragona, came about in 2009 and currently has around twenty establishments from the restaurant sector.
The entity is one of the district’s and the city’s gastronomic driving forces and throughout the year it organises different activities related to cooking, like the traditional versions of l’Espineta amb caragolins (the emblematic dish the main festival of Santa Tecla), where each restaurant member proposes its espineta recipe; the Sopars sota els Focs, organised in the Passeig de les Palmeres coinciding with the International Fireworks Festival, where people can have dinner in the open air while enjoying the show; the Esmorzars de forquilla per Sant Magí, where they cook classic dishes from Tarragona cuisine and bring back the old tradition of full brunches like pig’s trotters, pig’s cheeks, tripe, omelettes, sepia with potatoes, to give some examples; or, the most recent, the event called La Part Alta somriu a la crisi, ( The Old Town laughs at the crisis) with tasting menus at very affordable prices.
In the winter of 2012, the ARPA became part of Gastronomic Tarragona along with El Serrallo Association of Restaurants and Shopkeepers (ARCS) and TarracoGust (Association of Restaurants from the Centre), which would then be called the Association of Tarragona Centre Restaurants (ARTe).
The ARPA also periodically publishes a guide (that you can get in different establishments and in the Tarragona Tourist Board offices) which lists all the restaurants with the information about their services and the type of cuisine.