Watching the Gladiator Show in Tarragona’s Roman Amphitheatre

I was a spectator at a Gladiator Show in Tarragona in Catalonia, Spain. The show was part of the Terraco Viva Festival which takes place over a two week period every May in Tarragona. I received complimentary entry.

gladiators enter ring

The Gladiators enter the ring

I thought that the amphitheatre was very well preserved and in a beautiful location close to the sea. It was pretty sunny during the show and it became very hot in the ampiteatre. There’s no shade, so I recommend you wear a hat and sunscreen.

gladiator amphitheatre

The well preserved Roman amphitheatre in Tarragona

The commentary was in Spanish, so I didn’t understand a word.

gladiator lineup

The gladiator line-up

gladiator audience

 The crowd enjoying the show

gladiator with net and trident

Gladiator with trident and net


Getting ready for battle

gladiators blue shield

The battle commences

gladiators close combat

Close encounters of a gladiator kind

The fights looked pretty realistic to me. Landing on that gravel must’ve caused a few grazes around the body. I could see a lot of welts on one gladiator’s back after the show.

gladiator down

Man down


Golden shin guards & helmet

gladiators in ring

Raising some support for themselves

gladiators run around ring

A lap of honour

The gladiators came out of the ring to mingle, chat and pose for photos with the departing audience.

I found the gladiator show in the Roman amphitheatre in Tarragona to be atmospheric and fun to watch.