A traditionally seafaring city graced with a pleasant, mild climate is, logically, an ideal place to engage in any sport and, in particular, water sports: sailing, windsurfing, rowing, jet skiing and scuba diving are all options at the Reial Club Nàutic or at the Club de Vela Platja Llarga.
By the port's breakwater lies Parc Subaquàtic, an underwater park offering scuba enthusiasts the chance to go diving and take beautiful pictures of the seabed.
As for other sports, Club Gimnàstic de Tarragona deserves special mention. Founded in 1886, it is the oldest sports club in Spain. In the 2005-2006, the football squad was promoted to the first division of La Liga, the Spanish professional football league, placing Tarragona alongside other smaller cities now emerging thanks to their dynamism, capacity and ambition.
Tarragona also has a golf club, Costa Dorada, with an 18-hole course. However, if one includes the surrounding areas, there are six other golf courses with excellent infrastructures in exceptional locations: Bonmont Golf Club (Montroig del Camp), Reus Aigüesverdes Golf Club (Reus), La Graiera Golf Club (Calafell) and Lumine Golf Club (Vila-Seca), a sports complex made up of three golf clubs, two of which were designed by Greg Norman and the third by Green Project.
The Municipal Sport Council (977 550 299) offers numerous facilities where residents and visitors alike can engage in a range of sports, including an indoor cycling track, indoor and outdoor pools, an outdoor track, gyms, a rugby field, a sauna and tennis and squash courts.
Additionally, it offers a yearlong calendar of events intended to encourage participation in sport. Three events are already regulars in the city's sport agenda: the Bicicletada Popular (Citywide Bike Ride) held in May, the Mitja Marató (Mid-distance Marathon) held in November and the Sant Silvestre footrace held on the last day of the year.
One item which merits special mention is the announcement that Tarragona will hold the 18th Mediterranean Games in 2018. This will showcase Tarragona internationally as a city with over 2,000 years of sports history.
This competitive event featuring sports of all kinds is associated with the international Olympic movement founded in 1951 in Alexandria. The event is held on three continents: Asia, Africa and Europe.