Roman Tarragona and Glamorous Sitges SMALL GROUP Tour from Barcelona
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 today stands in almost perfect condition.
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 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.
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, 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 seaview 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 out of the very same 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.
Arrive at Sitges at around 2:00pm. 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. 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. Tropez. 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 17 beaches the town has to offer.
- Professional guide
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Small group tour (maximum 15 people)
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Entrance fees for the museums and monuments in Tarragona
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not recommended for child aged 4 and under
- Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to get out and about, please bring suitable clothing, footwear, and sun protection. You will also have an opportunity to go swimming in Sitges, if you would like to swim, bring your swimming costume and a beach towel.
- This tour operates in English only.
What an excellent choice. I always use Viator and this time was the best. Thank you so much for having such proffesional people all over.
We enjoyed our trip very much. My 16 year old is a history buff and he soaked in all of the Romans architecture. Our tour guide was great. He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I would say the trip might be too long for younger kids and there is a lot of walking. I am very pleased we went on this trip.
Our tour guide, Sergio, was awesome. Very knowledgeable and polite. We had a most enjoyable day and would highly recommend Sergio and his company.
My wife and I were the only ones on the tour that day, so we had the guide all to ourselves and he was very informative and knew the history very well.
A big fan of the Roman aqueduct and the amphitheatre There were only 4 of us including Ana the driver and tour guide. It was just like a private tour. Seafood lunch in Sitges was yummy and we had plenty of time to wander around the beach promenade.