Step foot on the Tarragona, the old Roman capital. The Romans chose Tarragona's strategic position as the site of a military camp during their campaign against the Carthaginian troops in 218 BC. In time, this primitive fortress became the capital of Hispania Citerior, one of the biggest provinces within the Roman Empire.
The tour leaves Barcelona at 08:30 and heads straight down to Tarragona, the old Roman capital. The Romans chose Tarragona's strategic position as the site of a military camp during their campaign against the Carthaginian troops in 218 BC. In time, this primitive fortress became the capital of Hispania Citerior, one of the biggest provinces within the Roman Empire.
Our 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 remains in an almost perfect condition today. 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 Catalonia - and one that hardly anybody knows about.
From the aqueduct we travel back to Tarragona, quietly 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; during your visit you will see 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 - pass the medieval hospital - before stopping at the Cathedral where you can enjoy the Sunday 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 here you continue to the old town to discover the Roman Forum and the nearby Roman Circus hidden amid the urban design. Walk along the underground passageways that held the Circus' stands. Come to one of the most popular squares within the old town: Placa 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 views 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. Perhaps most fascinating of all is the Christian church built in the middle of the stage and out of the very blocks that were used in their amphitheater.
At 12:30 we 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.
We will arrive at Sitges at 14:00. 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 hangout in the art world. 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. Make a stop in one of the numerous cosmopolitan cafes and restaurants and imagine yourself in St. Topez. 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.
We will meet again at 18:00 and return to Barcelona, arriving in Plaça Catalunya at approximately 19:00.
- Transport in a small luxury mini coach, with full air conditioning
- Services of a professional English-speaking guide
- Meals and drinks (unless specified)
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal expenses
- All museums and monuments in Tarragona
- To ensure that you will receive our guide's undivided attention, this tour is limited to 15 participants only.
- Lunches are not included. We stop, however, in places where you have a range of lunch options to suit your budget. There are picnic options available.
- Because we believe in giving you opportunities to get off the bus and get out and about, please bring suitable clothing, footwear, and sun protection.
- You will also have the opportunity to go swimming at Calella de Palafrugell. You could bring your swimwear and a beach towel.
- All return times are approximate.