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Roman Tarragona and Sitges - Small group tour from Barcelona

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Key Highlights

  • See some of the spectacular landscapes and landmarks of Catalonia which lie off the beaten track
  • This is a small group tour which makes for an intimate yet social tour
  • Tour is led by an English speaking guide
  • Round trip transportation in an air-conditioned minivan
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  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Wednesday, Friday & Sunday

    Duration

    10½ hours

    Start time

    8:30am

    Meeting Point

    Tour depart from the local activity operator office located directly opposite the ticket office/outdoor cafe of the PALAU DE LA MUSICA, off Via Laietana.
    Please be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before departure time.

    Ending Point

    Tour returns to your original point of departure

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Tarragona is located on the Mediterranean coast, about 60 miles southwest of Barcelona in the region of Catalonia, and is the most important Roman town in Spain. Tarragona was the old Roman capital of the Iberian Peninsula. The Romans chose Tarragona's strategic position as the site of a military camp during their campaigns against the Carthaginian troops in 218 BC.

    Travel back in time and retrace the footsteps of Roman gladiators where chariots raced by and walk across the magnificent Roman aqueduct. See the ‘Old Quarter’ with its stunning cathedral. Roc de Sant Gaieta is a tiny Mediterranean village with its mix of Ibizan fishermen's houses, Seville-style patios, and Roman-Greco influence.

    Sitges is soaked in the typical Mediterranean atmosphere of an old fisherman’s village with its shady streets, traditional houses, over a dozen beaches, cosmopolitan bars and restaurants. It is a renowned tourist destination with a strong community of English speaking residents. With its miles of sandy beaches, active nightlife and lively gay scene, this seaside town has a special charm of its own.

    Enjoy this journey into the past when the Roman empire was at its zenith!

    Itinerary

    The tour starts from the local activity operator office located directly opposite the ticket office/outdoor cafe of the PALAU DE LA MUSICA, off Via Laietana at 8:30am. Please make your own arrangements to reach this place. You will be taken in an air-conditioned luxury mini-coach, accompanied by a professional English-speaking guide for a full day sightseeing tour of Tarragona and Sitges .

    The tour leaves Barcelona and heads straight down to Tarragona, the old Roman capital.

    The first stop is just past Tarragona where you will discover the impressive Roman Aqueduct (1st century BC) popularly known as 'El Pont del Diable' (The Devil's Bridge) or 'Les Ferreres' Aqueduct. It used to be part of the water supply network of the city and today stands in almost perfect condition. Over 200 metres long and nearly 30 metres high it is one of the hidden jewels of the area. This is a rare chance to get completely off the beaten track and visit one of the most amazing architectural wonders of Catalonia - and one that hardly anybody knows about.

    From the aqueduct you travel back to Tarragona, entering the old part of the city through a narrow gateway in the ancient walls. Nowadays, the new city overlaps the site of the ancient Acropolis and during your visit you will see firsthand the surprising coexistence of a Roman past and modern life. Starting at the Archaeological walkway, you will be able to admire the surviving stone walls, wander through the historic old quarter - passing the medieval hospital - before stopping at the Cathedral where you can enjoy the Sunday morning antique market. It's a great chance to pick up something truly unique from the area. For others, there is ample time to explore the beautiful cathedral that looks down on the antique collectors.

    From there, you continue down through the old town to discover the Roman Forum and the nearby Roman Circus hidden amidst the urban design. Walk along the underground passageways that held the Circus' stands and come to one of the most popular squares within the old town: Plaça de la Font, situated inside the Roman Circus. On this very spot, thousands of years ago on, perhaps on the very same day of the week, the Roman capital of the Iberian Peninsula came alive in all of its bloody glory.

    Enjoy the breathtaking view of the sea view over the Roman amphitheatre and imagine gladiators battling each other to the death! It's a poignant moment to stand on the same dusty ground that bore witness to countless scenes of sacrifice and passion. Perhaps most fascinating of all is the Christian church built in the middle of the stage out of the very same blocks that were used in their amphitheatre.

    At 12:30pm, you will leave Tarragona and stop briefly at Roc de Sant Gaieta, an intimate little village built on the rocky shoreline. Stroll between its tiny white houses and let your imagination take you away to Ibiza fishing villages built with a touch of Roman-Greco flair. There's time to take in the rocky coastline from one of the seaside bars and enjoy some Mediterranean snacks and a refreshing drink.

    Arrive at Sitges at 2:00pm. This once quiet fishing village today boasts a long and sandy beach, trendy boutiques, and some interesting sights. Sitges has been fashionable since the 1890s, when it became an avant-garde art-world hang-out. Get lost in its shady side streets and enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere with its old whitewashed fisherman's houses. After leaving this charming labyrinth, you suddenly find yourself on the seafront.

    You will make a stop in one of the numerous cosmopolitan cafes and restaurants. Sitges has dining options to suit every taste and budget. After a leisurely Sunday lunch, you might want to head off to one of the seventeen beaches the town has to offer.

    At 6:00pm, begin the return journey and return to Barcelona, arriving in Plaça Catalunya at approximately 7:00pm.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Transportation in an air-conditioned luxury minicoach
    • Guided tour in English

    Exclusions

    • Lunch and refreshments.
    • All museums and monuments in Tarragona
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all departure details.

    Please be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before departure time.

    Lunch is not included. However, the tour stops at places where there is a range of lunch options to suit all budgets. Picnic options are also available.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. The guides will be identifiable by their branded shirts.
  • Reviews
    • A nice tour

      It was a good tour. I wouldn't use the word "fun" to describe it but it was very interesting and educational because the tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable and taught us...

      Katayoun Rastar