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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 Salou: Villages and Swamp of Siurana Tour

2. From Salou: Villages and Swamp of Siurana Tour

Explore Tarragona on this day trip from Salou aboard an air-conditioned vehicle. Travel to charming towns like Baix Camp and Priorat and go for a refreshing dip in the waters of the Siurana marshland.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Salou and relax on the scenic drive into the countryside. Stop to take pictures of and explore the small monastery towns of Baix Camp and Priorat.  See the most unique sights this region has to offer as well as the most beautiful natural landscapes. Admire spectacular panoramic views of the valleys and take in the artistic flair of the facades of the buildings and monuments. Visit the idyllic Siurana marshland where you can take a swim and soak up the tranquil surroundings. Your guide will decide the best choice on the day of the tour, depending on the weather and the water levels at each location. If you prefer more urban activities, you can visit the typical Catalan towns or hermitages, true sources of artistic and historical information.

From Barcelona: Tarragona & Sitges Full Day Tour with Pickup

3. 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 the 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: 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.

Salou: Priorat & Siurana Wine-Cellar Tour with Wine Tasting

5. Salou: Priorat & Siurana Wine-Cellar Tour with Wine Tasting

The tour starts with pickup at your hotel in Salou, Cambrils, or Pineda. From there, embark on a 100-kilometer round-trip journey through the stunning mountains of Priorat, an area renowned for wine production. Taste the wine for yourself on a 1-hour guided wine tasting at the cellars of Cornudella. Next, visit the legendary village of Siurana, the site of the last Muslim stronghold in the final 12th-century battle against Christians. Relax here for about 40 minutes and snap a photo of the castle ruins and the surrounding landscapes.  Finish your tour by admiring the stunning scenic views on the way back to your accommodation.

From Barcelona: Private Half-Day Tarragona Tour with Pickup

6. 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.

Trek & Wine in Priorat

7. Trek & Wine in Priorat

Walking among vineyards in the Priorat and savouring the delicious wines. The Priorat is a region with ancient wine tradition, with wines already famous from as far back as the 12th Century, well known for its powerful flavour and taste. Nowadays, in the Priorat there are two appellations of origin (DO), the qualified DOQ Priorat, which is formed by the Historic Priorat territory, and the DO Montsant, a newer DO, however, producing surprisingly good wines. The Priorat area, with it diverse but unknown wine landscape, is full of hidden and unexpected spots of great beauty, walks between vineyards which pleasure us with an ever changing scenery over the four seasons, full of colours and intensive aromas. With this Trek & Wine tour you will be able to “taste the Priorat wine region” in one day, walking among vineyards, enjoying its powerful landscape and tasting the world famous wines. Taking the train, you choose the best sustainable way to reach the region, forgetting about driving and enjoying your day out. The walk and visit to the winery can be fully customized according to your preferences and needs.

Falset: Guided Wine Tour to the Priorat by a Local

8. Falset: Guided Wine Tour to the Priorat by a Local

The Priorat is a region with ancient wine tradition, with wines already famous from as far back as the 12th Century, well known for its powerful flavour and taste. Nowadays, in the Priorat there are two appellations of origin (DO), the qualified DOQ Priorat, which is formed by the Historic Priorat territory, and the DO Montsant, a newer DO, however, producing surprisingly good wines. The Priorat area, with it diverse but unknown wine landscape, is full of hidden and unexpected spots of great beauty, walks between vineyards which pleasure us with an ever changing scenery over the four seasons, full of colours and intensive aromas. With this private tour, you will be able to “taste the Priorat wine region” in one day,enjoying its powerful landscape and savouring both appellations of origin of wine.

Catalonia:12-Month Unlimited Visits Catalonia Monument Pass

9. Catalonia:12-Month Unlimited Visits Catalonia Monument Pass

Enjoy Catalonia and discover all this fantastic land with the unique attraction pass for venues in Barcelona, Girona, Tarragona, and Lleida. With this Catalonia Monuments Card, you will visit 29 museums, monuments, and historical sites located throughout Catalonia. The Catalonia Monuments Pass includes unlimited visits throughout the year. So you can visit each attraction as many times as you want throughout the 12-months from the date selected when booking. Your pass comes with a booklet that includes a map and practical information on each attraction. Locations included in the Catalonia Monument Pass: Girona: • MNACTEC – Fragua Palau • Canónica de Santa Maria de Vilabertran • Sant Pere de Rodes Monument Complex • Carles Fontserè Studio Workshop • MAC – Empúries • MAC – Girona • MAC – Ullastret • Former Hospital of Santa Caterina • Girona Art Museum Barcelona: • Rafael Casanova House Museum • Prat de la Riba House Museum • National Science and Technology Museum of Catalonia – MNACTEC • History Museum of Catalonia • Archaeology Museum of Catalonia – MAC • MNACTEC – Cement Museum • Cardona Castle • Claramunt Castle • MNACTEC – Sedó Colony Museum • MAC – Olèrdola Tarragona: • Santes Creus Royal Monastery • Escornalbou Castle and Monastery • MNAT – Centcelles Monument Complex • MNAT – Els Munts Roman Villa • MNAT – Early Christian Museum and Necropolis • National Archaeology Museum of Tarragona • Miravet Castle Lleida: • La Roca dels Moros – El Cogul Cave Paintings • Sant Bartomeu Convent• Charterhouse of Escaladei

Tarragona: Bike Tour to The Fishing Heart of The Ebro Delta

10. Tarragona: Bike Tour to The Fishing Heart of The Ebro Delta

Discover the most magical natural gems of the Ebro Delta on a guided bike tour. Soak in the characteristic landscapes of the rice fields that change with the seasons. Begin at Riu a l’Ebre and follow the route along the river promenade until you reach Lo Passador bridge. At the end of the street, go over a small bridge crossing the canal. Arrive at the Florença Elevation. Take the path to the left and head to the pumping station of the shellfish port of Illa de Mar inside Fangar bay, an old port with more than a century of tradition. From this point, enjoy a beautiful panoramic view. Observe the green filter lagoon, the fishing village of l'Ampolla, the mussels in the middle of the bay, and the peculiar red and white lighthouse of the Fangar. Head right bordering the bay for bird watching. Keep your eyes open to spot marsh harriers, flamingos, herons, seagulls, and more. Take another right to see a small, old hut that was once used to store rockets launched into the clouds to avoid hail storms. Then, find the road going to Marquesa beach. Pass over a bridge that crosses the canal and pedal parallel to the course of the canal. Pass by several rice fields. Learn about the peculiarities of this crop that the Delta de l'Ebre is famous for. The rice fields cover 65% of the total surface of the Delta, changing throughout the year with the seasons. Therefore, they offer different vistas as the months go by. End the 3-hour cycling adventure back at Riu a l’Ebre.

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4.7 / 5

based on 92 reviews

My family and I really enjoyed the trip. Our driver Bea was really good. She was very informative and good fun. The villages were beautiful and the scenery was amazing. My family enjoyed a swim in the lake as it was a very warm day

Bia, our tour guide was excellent. It didn’t feel like we were on a tour, it was more like exploring with friends. This trip was worth more than what we’ve paid for as we were able to explore and see many places.

The tour was very informative and interesting. Our guide was really capable and charming. She ( name started with an “A”) knew her stuff and made the tour very accessible.

The best guide I have ever had, with his passion for telling the story on paper in such a way that he made me live in Roman Tarragona.

Gemma a great guide, friendly, entertaining and who answers any questions.