Are you a history and archaeology lover? Do you love Italy but hate its crowds? When you hear “UNESCO World Heritage”, do you immediately think “I need to see this!”? Would you like to go 2000 years back in time for a day? Or maybe you are in Barcelona in the winter and want to go on a day trip but somewhere somewhere interesting but warmer than the North or the Mountains?
The Tarragona Roman Ruins are the most important in Catalonia, and have been declared World Heritage by the UNESCO. But even in the Summertime they never feel crowded. And its Southern location makes for lovely weather most of the year.
If you don’t want to worry about taking the train by yourself and having to get oriented, and most importantly, you want to learn as much as possible about the fascinating history of this city that was even Capital of the Roman Empire for a few years, this is the tour you need.
All of them inside or outside, as you prefer.
Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (traffic, your pace, your main interests…)
Your guide and your driver will pick you up at your location and drive you to Tarragona along a scenic highway that first follows the Llobregat river and then crosses the wine country before entering a very Mediterranean landscape of pine tree woods and carob tree fields.
Time allowing, you might want to stop on the way at your first Roman site: an old Stone Quarry where a tall stone marks the original level of the rock before they started excavating. It takes some 20 extra minutes.
Right before exiting the highway there is a vantage point from where you’ll take great pictures of the Aqueduct that brought water to Tarraco. Or if you prefer, spend some extra 15 minutes there for a short hike accross the woods to get to the top of the Aqueduct: a cool adventure, specially if you have kids!
Arrival to the city. Your Tarragona sightseeing starts with a walk along the gardens of the Roman Walls overlooking the Camp de Tarragona valley, then takes you into the alleys of the Old Town, passing the Tarragona Cathedral.
If you are interested, we can show you the inside of the Cathedral and its museum (approximately 30min), or we can skip it to have more time for the other Roman sites.
Your Tarragona tour continues exploring the ruins of the Provincial Forum, and if you are interested, passing the Arches left from the Medieval Jewish Section, on our way to the Praetorium Tower. The Tower offers some impressive views over Tarragona, and is also the access to the Roman Circus. We can take you inside, or if you prefer, we can see both just form outside. After that, we’ll head to the Tarragona Amphitheater. If you aren’t too tired yet, we strongly recommend visiting it – but it can also be seen just from the distance.
For a complete day out of town, book 2 extra hours and stay for lunch at some local restaurant, then visit the Archaeology Museum with your tour guide or spend more time wandering around the backstreets of Tarragona.
Join the driver to head back from Tarragona to Barcelona, with a lovely ride with views over the Costa Daurada. Depending on our timing, we can also stop for a picture of the Tower of the Scipions and the Arch of Triomph, on request.
You’ll be dropped back to your hotel or apartment, or any other location within the city limits of your choice.
This tour is great for people with a strong interest in history, specially in the Roman times. But it also works great for someone that wants a lovely day out of town taking pictures and being outdoors (specially in the winter). It’s also a great choice for those wanting to go off the beaten path, as despite being a UNESCO Site there aren’t crowds.
If you have walking issues or use a wheelchair, take into account that there’s irregular and cobble-stoned pavement in some areas of Tarragona and part of the visit is uphill.
If you are traveling with kids, this is a cool option because it’s educational but also allows them to explore, go cross-country in the Aqueduct, climb stairs in the Pretorium, enter tunnels in the Circus, and of course, touch old stones (which is always cool). If your kids are young, a 6-hour tour is enough unless you wish to take them for lunch by the sea in Sitges.
If you’d rather have a longer day, we can stay for lunch and make it an 8-hour tour, or if you prefer, besides Sitges, Tarragona can also be nicely combined with the Wine Country.
Mercedes car or minivan upto 6 of you + guide & dedicated driver
8-HOUR TOUR ONLY
Expect to pay €20-30/person, depending on your order.
OPTIONAL – Not included.
PAID ON SITE skipping lines:
* Fees given as an orientation only. Sites might decide to change them without notice. Discounts might apply for students and/or seniors.
We can only secure a guide for you after full payment has been received. Don’t wait until last-minute: we often book out in high season, and Park Guell & Sagrada Familia tickets sell out, too.
This tour is:
|AVAILABLE||Monday through Sunday|
|SOME SITES CLOSED||Monday: the Roman sites are closed but most of them (except the Archaeology Museum, if you wanted to stay for lunch) can be seen pretty well from outside.|
Tour starting time:
|Morning Tours||9 AM|
|Afternoon Tours:||Anytime between 2PM and 3PM.|
We had a walking tour of the city centre one day, and a trip to Tarragona the next. Our guide Bego was fantastic - she led us deftly trhrough Sagrada Familia and then the old city, and with equal panache through the Roman ruins at Tarragona. Highly recommended!
Marta astonished and delighted all of us on our Harvard University tour with her knowledge of art and architecture, food, lanscape and all things wonderful about Barcelona and its surroundings. I recommend you go with her to Tarragona to experience the Roman ruins in the magical Mediterranean sunlight.