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Escape Barcelona to Sitges and Tarragona on this 10.5-hour tour, stopping for some fun in the sun and an exploration of the area’s Roman history. Start your trip in Tarragona, the former Roman capital, where you’ll admire its intricate aqueduct, and explore the city’s architecture and markets. Then head to the beach at Sitges, a hip coastal town that boasts a gorgeous beach, trendy cafes, and boutiques. This small-group visit to Tarragona and Sitges, limited to just 15 guests, also includes a guide and transportation by minivan.
  • Full-day, small-group tour by minivan to Tarragona and Sitges
  • Explore Tarragona's aqueduct, forum and circus
  • Enjoy seaside views at the tranquil Roc de Sant Gaieta
  • Visit Sitges' beaches, cafes, and boutiques
  • Transport by comfortable air-conditioned minivan inlcuded
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Professional guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Small group tour (maximum 15 people)
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop off
Entrance fees for the museums and monuments in Tarragona

Departure Point

C/ Palau de la Música, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

All of our tours meet at our office, which is directly across from the outside cafe area of the Palau de la Musica. We advise that you arrive 15 minutes before the tour starts.

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Plaça de Catalunya, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Depending on the size of the tour and the traffic conditions on the day of the tour, you will return either to our office or to Placa Catalunya, which is just an easy 3-5 minutes walk from the office.

This small-group tour visits two cities most tourists never see, complete with rich history, gorgeous beaches, and shopping.

Start your morning at 8:30am in central Barcelona near Via Laietana, continuing by minivan to the former Roman stronghold of Tarragona. Trace the footsteps of ancient Romans as you explore the city’s aqueduct, and discover its Old Quarter, complete with its impressive cathedral.

Make a brief stop in Roc de Sant Gaieta, a small coastal town where you’ll have time to absorb its unique seaside flair, before continuing on to Sitges. This historic fishing village has transformed over the years into a hip beachfront community, offering a wealth of boutiques, cafes, and bars among its whitewashed architecture. Enjoy some time in this atmospheric community before returning to Barcelona.

Arrive back in central Barcelona around 7pm.
Pass By:  
Explore Catalunya
8.15am - You will start your day at our main office, which is right next to the famous Palau de la Musica. You will meet your guide, have time to use the restrooms, and perhaps even grab a quick coffee before the tour begin. Your guide will explain all about the day ahead and what to expect as you wait for you tour to leave.
Pass By:  
8.30am - You will leave Barcelona though the Example district of town. As you head out of the city, your guide will give you a brief history of Barcelona, before letting you sit back and relax on the 90 minute drive to Tarragona.
Stop At:  
Pont del Diable
10.00am - Your first stop of the day 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 today stands in almost perfect condition. You will be able to walk across the top from one side to another. It's quite an unforgettable moment to be standing on some built almost 2,000 years ago! From the aqueduct you will travel back to Tarragona.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Amfiteatre de Tarragona
11.00am - You will arrive in 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 and during your visit you will see firsthand the surprising coexistence of a Roman past and modern life. Starting at the Archaeological walkway, you will admire the surviving stone walls, wander through the historic old quarter - passing the medieval hospital - before stopping at the Cathedral where you can enjoy the Sunday morning antique market. From there, you continue down through the old town to discover the Roman Forum and the nearby Roman Circus hidden amidst the urban design. Walk along the underground passageways that held the Circus' stands and 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 seaview 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 out of the very same blocks that were used in their amphitheater. After your immersion in Roman history, you will meet your guide and continue our tour at around 1.00pm.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
El Roc de Sant Gaieta
1.30pm . On your way to Sitges, you will 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.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
La Playa de Sitges
2.30pm - Your final stop of the day is in 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. 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 lunch, you might want to head off to one of the 17 beaches the town has to offer for a quick dip in the Med, or browse the many shops and cafes. You will leave Sitges around 5.30pm.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Plaza de Cataluna
7.00 - 7.15pm - We end the day in Plaça Catalunya. From here, you can easily take the metro or a taxi back to your hotel. Otherwise, your guide will be more than happy to make some recommendations of where to have dinner.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for child aged 4 and under
  • Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to get out and about, please bring suitable clothing, footwear, and sun protection. You will also have an opportunity to go swimming in Sitges, if you would like to swim, bring your swimming costume and a beach towel.
  • This tour operates in English only.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Explore Catalunya
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Roman Tarragona and Glamorous Sitges Small Group Tour from Barcelona?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Roman Tarragona and Glamorous Sitges Small Group Tour from Barcelona.
What is the policy on sanitization during Roman Tarragona and Glamorous Sitges Small Group Tour from Barcelona?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Roman Tarragona and Glamorous Sitges Small Group Tour from Barcelona.
What is the social distancing policy during Roman Tarragona and Glamorous Sitges Small Group Tour from Barcelona?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Roman Tarragona and Glamorous Sitges Small Group Tour from Barcelona?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Not for Fall
, Nov 2019
Tarragona was fantastic, lots of history in a compact area to see. However Stiges and the other random town they stopped at are simply not that enjoyable in the Fall. If you can't enjoy the beach- there is not much to do there. Lots of free time in both locations, which IMO means if you want to go there, hop on the train and do it, no need to tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great tour with Steven!
Mallory A
, Oct 2019
Exploring the aqueduct was a highlight of my day. From my latin books on roman history to real life. Very cool! Also enjoyed Tarragona but would have loved more time there compared to Stiges since I had not planned on going to the beach but truly overall a great trip with our wonderful guide Steven.
Very Good but Not as Interesting as Others
, Oct 2019
Having been on three of the Explore Catalunya tours, I don't think this one is as fascinating as others. Our tour guide was excellent and the aqueduct ruins stop right outside of Tarragona and Tarragona itself with its charming narrow streets, history, ruins and view of the water was very interesting.. On the way to Sitges, there was a stop at a summer colony which was great as well. However, other than eating in Sitges, and looking at the beach, there isn't much else to see, even in the old section. For someone who only has time to do an out-of-city tour, this would not be my #1 choice.
Views were good but tour could have been better
Michelle L
, Sep 2019
The car we took was a small van where our tour guide was also our driver. That was a little unnerving as we could tell that he was trying to point out landmarks but also swerving a bit on the road/drove through red lights. The others in the car later on I heard felt the same way. It was difficult to hear him as well in the car. In Tarragona, since he had to find parking we had to drive around for about 20 minutes with no luck so he dropped us off where he could and gave us maps. Although I understand that parking can be an issue, this wouldn't have happened if there was a proper driver for the tour as we were all pretty disappointed that we had to figure it out ourselves when we had paid for specifically a tour guide to guide us around. Essentially for most of the trip, we were dropped off at locations and wandered ourselves. The views at these places were really nice but if I had to do it again, I would've just taken a train from Barcelona to these areas as it would've been less expensive and I wouldn't have felt as rushed from place to place due to the time constraints (especially when you're trying to look for parking which that can take time to do). This tour could've been planned out better.
Surprising Tarragona & Sitges
, Aug 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Our guide, Arnaud was outstanding. He communicated very well and was extremely knowledgeable about history and current events. It was a real please to spend the day with him.
Wonderful Day with Sergio
Donna R
, Aug 2019
Sergio was a great guide. Very nice and very informative. He was easy to understand and knew everything about Barcelona. Absolutely recommend. Tarragona was amazing but we LOVED Sitges especially the beach. Perfect Day
Great day trip!
kirsten c
, Jun 2019
Our tour guide, Steven, was fabulous and very well informed. We also enjoyed meeting the couple from New Zealand who was on the tour with us. We had perfect weather and saw amazing Roman ruins and the beautiful beach at Sitges. Very worth taking a day out of touring Barcelona.
The best
, Jun 2019
What an excellent choice. I always use Viator and this time was the best. Thank you so much for having such proffesional people all over.
Tarragona tour
, Nov 2018
Great tour with plenty of time to enjoy the sites. A very knowledgable guide who explained things clearly.
Relaxing Day
, Oct 2018
Wonderful day trip. Our tour guide, Anna, was well informed and pleasant. The Roman aqueduct was amazing to see. Our afternoon in Sitges was very relaxing.

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