THE ANCIENT ROMAN CITY OF TARRAGONA
Sightseen, Designed for families, Culture & local gems , From 1 to 3 hours walking, Family friendly
In a nutshell An unmissable visit to magnificent Tarragona, the pearl of the Costa Dorada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a glorious past.
Good to know
- Tarragona, panoramic tour
- Portal del Roser, old walls, Plaça de la Font
- Santa Maria Cathedral
- Roman circus
- Amphitheatre (external visit)
- Tarragona, the main port in southern Catalonia, is an ancient Roman city with fascinating remnants of a glorious past. Its archaeological complex has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- We will begin our visit with a panoramic tour with glorious views of the Mediterranean. We will then arrive at the ancient city gates, the Portal del Roser, from where we can admire the most ancient Roman construction in Spain, the walls of the Roman city of Tarraco. Built in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC, the walls are still an imposing sight with all the authority of their height (6 metres) and thickness (over 4 metres).
- To give us an idea of what Tarragona was like in ancient times, we take a look at the detailed scale model of Roman Tarraco, showing the city at the height of its splendour in the 2nd century AD.
- We will continue our visit of the city, strolling along its streets and admiring the beautiful Plaça de la Font. We will arrive at Santa Maria Cathedral on a site previously occupied by a Roman temple dedicated to Jupiter and a Muslim mosque. This beautiful church blends Romanesque and Baroque styles and its large rose window is often compared to those of much more famous churches such as Notre Dame in Paris.
- The visit continues with the Roman circus, one of the most significant archaeological sites in the city, created in around the 1st century AD on the orders of the emperor Domitian. Used for chariot racing in ancient times, it measures 325 by 115 metres and is estimated to have a capacity of over 30,000 spectators. The Tarragona Circus is one of the best preserved in the Western world, despite the fact that the structure continues to be hidden beneath old 18th century buildings.
- Our itinerary continues to the Amphitheatre, a building dating back to the early 2nd century, where sacrifices were made and gladiator displays were held. At the centre of the Amphitheatre we find the remains of the plan of a Visigoth basilica, built to commemorate the sacrifice of Saint Fructuosus and his deacons.
- At the end of the visit we will enjoy some free time to admire the magnificent view of the Mediterranean.
Good to know
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems.
Sundays, the Cathedral does not accept guided inside visits. Outside
explanations will be provided.
- On Sundays, the Cathedral does not accept guided inside visits. Outside explanations will be provided.