Tarragona & Sitges
This is a full-day excursion to discover the Roman legacy of Tarragona and the picturesque fishing village of Sitges. Both towns are situated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
Tarragona is located about 100 km south of Barcelona.
Ancient “Tarraco” was the residence of Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus from 27 BC to 25 BC, and became a colony in Roman Hispania, reaching a population of over 30,000. In fact, in Roman times, Tarragona was larger, more important and more imposing than Barcelona. The predominance of Barcelona came later during the Middle Ages.
On the way to Tarragona, we will stop to see an incredible structure up close: the Aqueduct of Ferreres where 2,000 years ago the water that supplied the whole population of the city ran. The aqueduct is built entirely in stone and you will get the chance to walk across it. This is a unique opportunity and well worth a visit.
In Tarragona, we will see:
- the remains of the robust Roman wall,
- the Amphitheater where gladiator fights took place, together with shows with wild animals.
- the Roman Circus where chariot races took place, like those in the movie Ben-Hur; the Circus could accommodate up to 25,000 spectators, almost the total population of Tarraco.
We will also stroll through the historic center of Tarragona, through its history-laden streets, stopping to visit the beautiful medieval Cathedral if you wish.
After visiting Tarragona, we will go to Sitges, a beautiful coastal town known for its light that inspired many painters such as Santiago Rusiñol and Ramón Casas. The town is ideal for walking thanks to its pedestrian streets full of history, shops, restaurants, churches and beaches. There is also a myriad of restaurants where you can try typical Catalan specialties.
We recommend leaving Barcelona no later than 9:00 am to make sure you arrive early enough to see everything and find all the important sights open.