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sitges + Roman Tarragona

Travel back in time to visit the roman city of Tarraco, as well as a charming mediterranean town.

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Join us on this exciting adventure to Catalonia’s southern coast! We will travel to the capital of ‘Hispania Citerior,’ one of three ancient Roman provinces on the Iberian Peninsula. Your expert guide will join you on a journey back in time to when gladiators, centurions and emperors wrote the mythical and bloody history of the Roman Empire. Afterwards, your group will visit the Mediterranean town of Sitges, steeped in modernist charm.

  • Full day tour of Tarragona and Sitges in a small group.
  • Learn about the fascinating history of 'Hispania Citerior,' one of three ancient Roman provinces on the Iberian Peninsula.
  • Discover 2,000-year-old relics of the city: its old walls, circus and forum.
  • Imagine the bloody gladiator fights that were once held in Tarragona's amphitheater.
  • Enjoy the quaint colonial buildings and an idyllic walk on the beach of Sitges.
  • Finish the day at Playa San Sebastian, one of the best urban beaches in Europe.
  • A small group ensures a better experience and more personal attention
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included.

Spend a day on the sun-soaked shores of Catalonia, exploring the towns of the Costa Dorada. Visit the ancient Roman ruins of Tarraco (modern day Tarragona), followed by the charming streets and plazas of Sitges. You will finish the day on one of the most beautiful urban beach of Europe, Playa de San Sebastian.
We will pick you up at your Barcelona accommodation and travel south in a comfortable private vehicle. Our expert local guide will show you the hidden secrets of the Catalan coast, authentic spots off the beaten track. Along the way you will hear fascinating stories about the unique regional culture and history.
Tarragona sits between the beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of Catalonia’s “Golden Coast.” Its charismatic winding streets and picturesque plazas are home to one of the most important and best-preserved Roman archaeological sites in Spain. The city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Two thousand years ago, Tarraco was the capital of ‘Hispania Citerior’, one of three Roman provinces on the Iberian Peninsula.
Your group will first visit the impressive Les Ferreres Aqueduct just outside of Tarragona. This magnificent 217m long and 26m high structure was built by the Romans and is also called the 'The Devil’s Bridge'. The aqueduct is a spectacular example of advanced engineering by the Romans, a recurrent theme during our tour.
Next, your group will embark on a walking tour to discover the many beautifully preserved remains of this ancient civilization. Explore the walls surrounding the city and one of the best-preserved circuses in Europe, hidden under 19th century construction.
You will catch traces of the ancient Roman Forum, which has served as the city center for 2,000 years. Marvel at the historic ruins of the Amphitheater, built to overlook the Mediterranean Sea. During the second century, this monumental structure was the center of entertainment for civilians, who would flock there to enjoy bloody gladiatorial matches and circus acts with wild animals.
After this exciting journey into the past we will visit another town, one with a colorful, idyllic brand of charm and a prevailing essence of Modernism.
Sitges is located on the Costa del Garraf, 38 km from Barcelona. The town enjoys a privileged location where the sea meets a beautiful landscape of mountains. This is the ideal getaway for health tourists or for artists thirsty for inspiration.
Modern day Sitges offers a unique mix of traditional fishermen’s houses with a lively, bohemian atmosphere. A wild array of colorful boutiques, restaurants, musicians and artist workshops open their doors to the streets. Soak in the Mediterranean essence of this unique coastal paradise.
We will do a walking tour of the winding streets and hidden corners of the labyrinthine Sitges city center and see several examples of architectural modernism, including the Casa Bacardi and Casa del Rellotge. You will hear fascinating stories about the 'Americanos’ who became rich off this 'new' continent.
But the fame of Sitges - the 'Saint Tropez of Spain' - is no doubt due to its idyllic seaside promenade. As we walk along it, we will discover the beautiful church of San Bartolomé and Santa Tecla, the grand staircase, the Maricel Palace and the charming ‘Quiet Corner’. Musicians enliven the atmosphere here, adding to the wonderful journey that leads down to the beach.
End the day on Playa San Sebastian, named “the best urban beach in Europe” by the New York Times. Relax on one of its scenic terraces or take a dip in the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

 

points of interest

  • Les Ferreres Aqueduct: Also known as the Devil’s Bridge, the aqueduct originally ran for about 15 km to supply water to the city. Today, it is one of the most spectacular and barely known examples of Roman engineering in Catalonia.
  • Roman Forum Tarragona: The town center is still currently located where it stood 2,000 years ago. This area of Tarragona is marked by traces of Roman architecture, and a medieval history combined with a modern style.
  • Roman Circus: This ancient circus is one of the best preserved in the world. Its 325-meter tribune once held 25,000 spectators.
  • Roman Amphitheatre: Visit the ruins of the amphitheater, idyllically located by the sea. Imagine the bloody matches in which gladiators fought to the death.
  • Walking tour of Sitges: Get lost in the winding streets and hidden plazas of this traditional Catalan fishermen’s town. Nowadays, Sitges is a cosmopolitan town with a lively and bohemian atmosphere, where tradition and modernity come together in a unique landscape.
  • The San Sebastián beach: Considered one of the best urban beaches in Europe. Enjoy idyllic vistas, either from one of many terraces, the promenade or the beautiful sandy beach. Take a refreshing dive in the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
includes
  • Professional guide.
  • Private vehicle.
  • Tour of ancient Roman and medieval Tarragona.
  • Walking tour of Sitges.
  • Entrance to different sites.
  • Pickup and drop off at your accommodation.
  • Small groups (maximum 8 people).

Not included
  • Any private expenses.
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • where: Tarragona and Sitges
  • Group: Max. 8 persons
  • availability: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
    (except December 24th, 25th, and 26th and 1st of January)
  • Tour duration: 10h - Full day
  • Pick-up time: from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Language Available: English and Spanish

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