Small group tour to the highlights of southern Catalonia: Ancient Roman Tarragona with its 2000 year-old amphitheater and the glamorous beach-town of Sitges.
The tour leaves Barcelona at 8:30am to head south towards Tarragona. Our first stop of the day, the breathtaking 2,000 year old Roman aqueduct.
This perfectly preserved piece of ancient Roman history is hardly ever visited by tourists. 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 Catalunya - and one that hardly anybody knows about.
From the aqueduct we will travel 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 you can enjoy the antique market.
Pick up something truly unique from the area and explore the beautiful cathedral that looks down on the antique collectors.
From there, you will 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: Placa de la Font, situated inside the Roman Circus.
If you stand 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 amphitheatre and imagine gladiators battling each other to death! It is an impressive moment to stand on the same dusty ground that bore witness to countless scenes of sacrifice and passion.
At around 12:30pm we will leave Tarragona for Sitges. On route, we will stop at Roc de Sant Gaieta, an intimate little village built on the rocky shoreline. Stroll between the white-washed houses of this former fishing village that preserved its Greek-Roman flair.
We will arrive in Sitges at 14:00hrs, in perfect time for lunch. This once quiet fishing village 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 hang-out for the upper class of Catalonia. Get lost in its shady streets and enjoy the pure Mediterranean atmosphere.
After a leisurely 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 hrs and return to Barcelona for around 19:00 hrs.
Things To Bring
Please bring suitable clothing, footwear and sun protection.
Right after booking you will receive a voucher.
Please print it or show it on your mobile phone at :
Palau de la Musica (exact address on your voucher)
Please be there 10 minutes before departure time.
- Transport in a small mini-coach with full air conditioning
- Professional, English speaking guide