Tarragona, Roc de Sant Gaieta and Sitges One Day Trip from Barcelona

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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.

Highlights
  • Explore the Roman past at Tarragona's aqueduct, forum and circus
  • Visit Tarragona's old quarter and the Sunday antique market for some unique finds
  • Admire the stunning seaside views at tranquil Roc de Sant Gaieta
  • Relax at the cosmopolitan Sitges' beaches, cafes and check out its many boutiques
  • Personalized small group only in English

Description

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. 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 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.

Includes

  • Transport in a small luxury mini-coach

  • English-speaking guide
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Tarragona, Roc de Sant Gaieta and Sitges One Day Trip from Barcelona
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You will travel with your local guide in a luxury air-conditioned mini-coach with a small group up to 15 people. Explore the Roman past at Tarragona's aqueduct, forum and circus, enjoy seaside views at tranquil Roc de Sant Gaietà and spend a relaxing afternoon on cosmopolitan Sitges' beaches, cafes and boutiques.

Duration: 11 hour(s)
Available: Wed, Fri and Sun
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Transport in a small luxury mini-coach / English-speaking guide

We did the Tarragona and Sitges Trail tour and we really enjoyed it! Our guide, Ana, was very friendly and she went out of her way to make sure that everybody had a wonderful day! We really recommend it!

Martine

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Schedule

  • 08:15

    Check-in

  • 08:30

    Your Tour begins!

  • Tarragona

    Travel back in time and retrace the footsteps of Roman gladiators. Stand on the very spot where chariots raced by, walk across the magnificent Roman aqueduct, and stroll around the ‘Old Quarter’ with its stunning cathedral.

  • Roc de Sant Gaietà

    Then you will visit Roc de Sant Gaieta, a tiny Mediterranean village with its mix of Ibizan fishermen’s houses, Seville-style patios, and Roman-Greco influence.

  • 14:00

    Sitges

    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.

  • Free time in Sitges

    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. You will leave back to Barcelona around 6 pm.

  • 19:00

    Arrival back in Barcelona

  • (For Check-In) Explore Catalunya (Explore Catalunya, Carrer del Palau de la Música, Barcelona, Spain) Time: 08:15:00

  • (For Check-Out) Explore Catalunya (Explore Catalunya, Carrer del Palau de la Música, Barcelona, Spain) Time: 19:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Explore Catalunya (Explore Catalunya, Carrer del Palau de la Música, Barcelona, Spain) Time: 08:15:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Explore Catalunya (Explore Catalunya, Carrer del Palau de la Música, Barcelona, Spain) Time: 19:00:00

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  • Lunch is not included in the price.

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Reviews

We did the Tarragona and Sitges Trail tour and we really enjoyed it! Our guide, Ana, was very friendly and she went out of her way... to make sure that everybody had a wonderful day! We really recommend it! more

Martine

Tarragona is a very interesting city with a lot of history. I loved Sitges! Best seafood paella that I have had in a long time!

Luis

I entered request for information about a tour not yet nupdated. Acknowledgement was, immediate and nactivated a rush update for t...he said tour. In 1 dayn1 was able to book.nI would recommend to others more

Piera

This tour was very interesting and diverse...from historical Tarragona to the beautiful seaside town of Sitges. Our guide Enrique ...was very knowledgeable, pleasant and with a good command of English. We would not hesitate to recommend this tour as a wonderful day out. more

Keith

We enjoyed the whole trip but my favorite part was swimming in the ocean. We were a little disappointed that we didn't have a...s much time as we thought in Sitges but we made do. more

Sandra

Very interesting tour for those who like archeology and history! Our tour guide, Jordi, had great knowledge of the area and was ve...ry kind. The tour ends in Sitges and we have time for lunch and you can also go the beach, so... bring your swim suit!!! more

SIDNEY

Interesting but we thought Tarragona had more interesting
things to be seen.
Sitges is a nice touristic resort

Piera

The Tour itself is not very interesting except for the Roman Aqueduct. The city of Sitges is a nice sea side small town, however,... if the wether is cold or rainy, there is really nothing to see, besides, the restaurants are overpriced and the food is not great. more

Gary

When I paid so much money I thought the guide would be with us all day and not leave us to do our own thing I could have done thi...s trip much cheaper using local transport more

SIMON

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