Full day tour:
Two-thousand years ago, the city of Tarragona – known then as ‘Tarraco’ – was one of the most important cities in the Roman Empire. Located an hour and a half south of Barcelona, and built on a terraced slope, ascending upward from the Mediterranean coast, Tarragona is not only rich in history but also breathtakingly beautiful. With waves that crash upon its mighty walls, and its main temple, it is visible from miles away atop the imposing hillside. Due to Tarraco’s abundance of ruins – all pointing to a triumphant past – many have deemed it the “Mini Rome”. In fact, Emperor Augustus considered it the most spectacular city in his empire after Rome, and lived there himself for three years.
We will visit Romanesque-turned-Gothic Cathedral, built on the former site of the temple to the Emperor; the Circus Maximus, where four-horsed chariots once skidded dangerously; and the amphitheater, where the roars of thousands once provided the only glint of hope for scantily-armed gladiators forced to compete with bloodthirsty beasts.
The Great Tarraco is a full-day experience, which includes approximately 5 hours to explore the city, discover its many monuments, and have lunch, plus 2-3 hours of travel time.
Transport can be arranged by fully adapted vehicle or by train.
6 hour, private adapted transfer
Languages: English, Spanish, German Dutch, French (other languages upon request)