Tarragona and Sitges from Barcelona - Full Day

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Introduction

This full day tour is a mix of ancient Roman Tarragona with the cosmopolitan seaside town of Sitges. Travel back in time and retrace the footsteps of Roman gladiators! Be surprised with the most enchanting fisherman’s villages, traditional houses, and beaches.


   Wednesday, Friday, Sunday    11 hours
Highlights
  • Have the opportunity to visit two completely different Spanish destinations in a one-day tour: Tarragona and Sitges.

 

  • Walk along the 2,000-year-old Roman Aqueduct.

 

  • Explore the Roman past at Tarragona's aqueduct, forum, and circus.

 

  • Visit the cosmopolitan Sitges' beaches, cafes, and boutiques.
Key details

LANGUAGE

This tour is available in English.

MEETING POINT/ RETURN POINT

C/Palau de la Musica, 1 - 08003, Barcelona. 

(The office is located directly opposite the famous Palau de La Musica.)  

SCHEDULE

Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 08:30 AM

DURATION

Approximately 11 hours

Full description

The tour leaves Barcelona at 8.30am and heads south past Tarragona to our first stop of the day, the breathtaking 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct, known locally as ‘El Pont del Diable’ (The Devil’s Bridge). This perfectly preserved piece of ancient Roman history is hardly ever visited by tourists, but often leaves more of an impression on our visitors than any of our other tours.

Over 200 meters long and nearly 30 meters 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 Catalunya - and one that hardly anybody knows about.

From the aqueduct we travel back to Tarragona, the ancient Roman capital of the Iberian Peninsula, quietly entering the old part of the city through a narrow gateway in the old Roman walls.

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 on Sundays you can enjoy the morning antique market.

Few tourists ever make it to Tarragona, and fewer still stumble across this traditional 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.

If you stand very still and close your eyes, you can almost hear the chariots racing by. 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.

And last, but certainly not least, enjoy the breathtaking sea-view over the Roman amphitheater 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.

At 12:30 pm we leave Tarragona for Sitges. On route, we 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.

We arrive in Sitges at 2:00 pm, in perfect time for lunch. This once quiet fishing village today boasts a long and sandy beach, groovy boutiques, and a handful of 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 a leisurely lunch, you might want to head off to one of the seventeen beaches the town has to offer.

We meet again at 6 pm and return to Barcelona for around 7 pm.

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Included

  • Tarragona and Sitges tour departing from Barcelona.
  • Professional guide.
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned minivan or mini bus.
  • Small-group tour.

Excluded

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Meals or dinks.
  • Other services not specified.
  • Gratuities (optional).

Cancelation rules

Additional info

Nearest town

Nearest Airport

Reviews

Really interesting
It was by far the most personal tour we have ever been on. The Roman aqueduct is truly a site to behold. The trip was well balanced with a guided visit and self explore time. Our guide Joseph was very jolly, engaging and accommodating. He was able to point out the importance of all Tarragona's history and also the background of Sitges.
Makenzie

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