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Tarragona: Roman Heritage Guided Walking Tour

1. Tarragona: Roman Heritage Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy a tour of the main Roman monuments of Tarragona with an official city guide. First you will be introduced to the Roman history of the region next to the city walls, which are the oldest Roman walls outside Italy. Learn why they chose this hill next to the Mediterranean as the gateway to Rome for the whole peninsula. Visit the historic center of Tarragona, where Roman monuments are intertwined with today's houses, streets and squares. With the help of the large city model, the guide will describe how the city used to look, and explain the functions of its buildings. Finally, after watching an audiovisual exhibit with 3D images you will head to the Amphitheater, located by the sea. Learn about the gladiator fights and beast hunting that took place here in ancient times, and review the amazing history of the stadium to this day.

From Barcelona: Tarragona & Sitges Full Day Tour with Pickup

2. From Barcelona: Tarragona & Sitges Full Day Tour with Pickup

Live for a day on the warm shores of Catalonia. Travel to the historic town of Tarragona – the ancient Roman Tarraco – and enjoy the beautiful Sitges, filled with magical corners of modernist charm. You will finish the day at the best urban beach in Europe, San Sebastian. You will be picked up from your hotel in private transport to move comfortably to these 2 locations, situated south of Barcelona. With your specialized guide, visit these 2 coastal towns while hearing the most interesting stories and facts. Tarragona is located 100 kilometers south of Barcelona, on the Costa Dorada, where you'll find sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Its streets house one of the most important and best preserved Roman archaeological sites in Spain, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Tarraco was the capital of "Hispania Citerior," 1 of the 3 provinces that formed the Iberian Peninsula approximately 2,000 years ago. Head from Barcelona to reach this historic scenery, first making a stop in one of the entrances of the old "Tarraco." Here, admire the impressive "Devil’s Bridge." This aqueduct – 217 meters long and 26 meters high – is a spectacular example of advanced Roman engineering. Begin a walking tour in Tarragona, where you will discover the many preserved remains of this civilization, while your guide provides the most exciting stories. Explore the ancient walls surrounding the city and get immersed in one of the best-preserved circuses in Europe, hidden under structures from the 19th century. See traces of the ancient Roman Forum that survived to the present day alongside medieval and modern Tarragona. Finally, marvel at the ruins of the amphitheater, located on the shore of the Mediterranean since the second century, where bloody battles between gladiators were exhibited. Next, travel to another town whose charm is more colorful and idyllic, thanks to the influence of Modernism. Sitges is located on the Costa del Garraf, 38 kilometers from Barcelona. Its privileged location, where the sea and the mountains meet, became an ideal place to practice health tourism, later becoming a curious location where artists of all kinds settled. Today, Sitges has mixed its traditional fishermen’s houses with a bohemian and lively atmosphere, full of boutiques, restaurants with musicians, and artists in the streets. On a walking tour through the town, your guide will take you through the streets and the most hidden corners of its labyrinthine center. See examples of architectural modernism at Casa Bacardi or Casa del Rellotge, as you uncover the curious stories of the "Americanos" who became rich from the new continent. The fame of Sitges – the "Saint Tropez of Spain" – is due to its idyllic walk by the sea. See the church of San Bartolomé and Santa Tecla, the grand staircase, Maricel Palace, and the charming "Quiet Corner," where musicians enliven the atmosphere. These spots all lead you to the beach of San Sebastian. End the day enjoying the idyllic location, considered by the New York Times to be the best urban beach in Europe. Relax on one of its terraces or, if the weather permits, take a dip in its crystal waters.

Tarragona: Scavenger Hunt and City Sights Self-Guided Tour

3. Tarragona: Scavenger Hunt and City Sights Self-Guided Tour

Get to know Tarragona at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. Use a fun app to explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks.  Make use of hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions at the city's top sights. Look for answers hidden in places like signs and pictures. Expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Reach amazing places like the Cathedral of Tarragona, the Roman Walls and Circus of Tarraco, Sedassos Square, and the Mediterranean Balcony. Get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the Archaeological Walk and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at the Mediterranean Balcony. Download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours, but you can pause and resume the game whenever you wish. 

Tarragona: Cathedral Entry Ticket

4. Tarragona: Cathedral Entry Ticket

Discover one of the oldest cathedrals in Spain with a visit to the spectacular Tarragona Cathedral. Built during the 12th and 13th centuries on the site of an old Roman temple, Tarragona Cathedral will take you through more than 2,000 years of art. The unfinished main façade is both Gothic and Romanesque in design, and inside there are dozens of chapels of sacred art. See beautiful works by Pere Johan, Pere Blai, Lluís Borrassà, and many others.  Your ticket gives you full access to all of the Cathedral's different rooms, allowing you to discover the magnificent fusion of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. You’ll also be able to access the Chapel of Saint Thecla, an 18th-century mausoleum that is said to contain a relic of a saint's arm.

From Barcelona: Private Half-Day Tarragona Tour with Pickup

5. From Barcelona: Private Half-Day Tarragona Tour with Pickup

Travel back to the age of Imperial Rome and visit the ancient capital of Hispania Citerior, dating back 2,000 years. Experience Tarragona from the Roman era through medieval times to the present day. Your expert guide will pick you up via private transport and will assist you on this half-day journey back in time when gladiators, centurions, and emperors wrote the mythical and bloody history of the Roman Empire. Tarragona is located 100 kilometers south of Barcelona, on the Costa Dorada, an area boasting sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. The city is home to one of most important and best-preserved Roman archaeological sites in Spain, and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. Once you arrive in Tarragona, you will be taken on a walking tour to see the many preserved remains of this civilization, and your guide will provide background commentary. See the ancient walls surrounding the city and discover one of the best-preserved circuses in Europe, hidden beneath structures dating from the 19th century. You’ll see traces of the ancient Roman Forum, mixed in with the medieval and the modern face of Tarragona. Take in the ruins of the amphitheater, dating from the second century, and located on the shore of the Mediterranean, where bloody battles between gladiators were held. Tarraco was an important site due to its privileged location on the sea. Your tour ends at the terrace known as the Balcony of the Mediterranean, where you can enjoy stunning views of the beach and the ocean, the eternal backdrop of this town steeped in history.

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What people are saying about Tarragona

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 92 reviews

Our entire day was wonderful with our tour guide, Gaspar. The hotel pickup was very helpful and convenient. We started in Tarragona and learned all about the history of Tarraco. We really enjoyed seeing the amphitheater but would appreciate being able to walk inside it. The Circus was cool, too. The second half of the day in Sitges was fun, too, especially walking around the town. Our guide provided history commentary as well. It was an efficient day! The van had AC and was clean.

Vincente was a great guide! He went above and beyond the duties of a tour guide, and he was very good at adapting to the needs and interests of the different people on the tour. He was also very knowledgeable. We had a great time!

The guy was very knowledgeable and the cities we visited were beautiful. We loved spending the day with new people. We had a lovely meal. It was a wonderful experience

Our guide Alina was terrific! She taught us so much about the history of Catalonia and Spain. She was very knowledgeable and engaging. She made Tarragona come alive.

Manuel did an amazing job. We really enjoyed our trip to Teragona. He was very interactive with our children, and we enjoyed his conversation. Excellent tour.