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The railings of the ‘Balcony of the Mediterranean’
For Tarragona natives it is almost obligatory to take a stroll along the Rambla and "tocar ferro" (touch the iron) of the Balcony of the Mediterranean. This involves a leisurely stroll as far as the railings designed by Ramon Salas i Ricomà in 1889. Before they were built there was a wall which demarcated the Passeig de les Palmeres and the scarp separating the crop fields at its feet and the line of the sea. The name of the balcony was thought up by Emili Castelar, the president of the First Spanish Republic, who christened it thus when he visited Tarragona in 1863.