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Barcelona: Full Day Panoramic Tour with Free Time from Salou

1. Barcelona: Full Day Panoramic Tour with Free Time from Salou

Discover the best of Barcelona on this amazing guided sightseeing tour. Take the bus in Salou and relax for the one-hour journey to Barcelona. The first stop will be at the Camp Nou, the football stadium of FC Barcelona where, if possible, you will have time for a brief photo and a bathroom break. The second stop will be at Barcelona's most important landmark: the Sagrada Família, Antoni Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece. You will have the chance to walk around and take pictures. During the panoramic tour through Barcelona you will also see and hear explanations about the Arc de Triomph, Montjuic, the Olympic village, the beautiful houses built in the modernist style of Gaudí: Casa Mila and the colorful Casa Batllo. Once in the city center of Barcelona, enjoy some free time to explore the city at your own pace. You can choose to stroll along the Ramblas with its famous living statues and various stalls of flowers or walk around the Plaza Catalunya. You might take some time to lounge on one of the many terraces or take a bite in a restaurant as there are many on the Ramblas and in the Gothic Area.

From Salou: Villages and Siruana Marshland Tour

2. From Salou: Villages and Siruana Marshland Tour

Explore Baix Camp and Priorat on an excursion into these small monastery towns. On this trip, you’ll see the most unique sights this region has to offer as well as the most beautiful natural landscapes. See spectacular panoramic views of the valleys and admire the artistic flair of the facades of the buildings and monuments. Visit the idyllic Siurana marshland. where you can take a swim in the refreshing water or relax 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: Roman Heritage Guided Walking Tour

4. 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.

Cambrils: Jet Ski Tour

5. Cambrils: Jet Ski Tour

Ride a jet ski across the waves and discover the Costa Daurada. Enjoy an unforgettable experience on the water, filled with speed and adrenaline. Choose from a number of tour options to suit your schedule. Meet your guide at the port in Cambrils to start your tour. After a safety briefing and instructions on how to operate the jet skis, head out onto the open water. Follow your instructor as you cruise down the coastline, and feel the thrill of this activity.

Salou: Barcelona City Center Tour

6. Salou: Barcelona City Center Tour

After being picked up from the convenient meeting point in Salou, this tour will take you into Barcelona's city centre where you will have plenty of free time to see the most famous square of the city, the Plaza de Catalunya. From there on you can stroll along La Rambla until the monument of Columbus, admire the view the harbour and on your way there you can make a stop at the Boqueria, the covered market. You will have time to go to Born, a now very popular neighbourhood next to the Gothic Quarter with its own rambla and very nice exclusive boutiques, bars and small restaurants. In the Gothic Quarter you will find museums such as the Picasso, Madame Tussaud and many more, or you can visit the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia. You may also want to stroll along the Paseo the Gracia, one of Barcelona's elegant avenues. Plenty of time to do lots of unique things in this beautiful city.

From Salou: Montserrat Monastery and Colonia Güell

7. From Salou: Montserrat Monastery and Colonia Güell

Travel to the Monastery of Montserrat, the largest monastery in Catalonia and the second largest in Spain. Listen to the long-established, renowned boys choir sing in the basilica if you come between September and June. Admire the stunning landscape of the monastery's surroundings. Look out over mountains of various shapes and sizes that loom into view from the plateau where the monastery is situated. Queue to touch the statue of the Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia who is said to bring you luck – or even a child. Visit the various museums in the area or make your way over to the market and peruse a selection of homemade products. Relax at one of the restaurants for something to eat or drink. In the afternoon, head back to Salou. Make a stop at the village of Roc de Sant Gaietà, a beautiful coastal town featuring a diverse array of architectural styles and a small beach. Admire the picturesque white houses lining the narrow streets and stop to rest in squares decorated with fountains and plants. Enjoy to look around on your own, take photos, and have an ice cream or drink.

Salou: Bike Tour with wineyard visit and wine tasting

8. Salou: Bike Tour with wineyard visit and wine tasting

After being picked up at an arranged meeting point the excursion starts with a short drive to the practice area where you will be allocated a bike to ensure comfortable cycling. After a 25-minute journey into the Montsant region, the bikes will be unloaded for you to begin an easy 13-km freewheeling fun ride on safe, quiet tarmac roads. Experience rustic villages, the beautiful landscape, and the sounds of the birds and insects which are local to this region. The cycling finishes at a local family run vineyard where the owners will show you how they make their wine. Take the opportunity to taste 3 of their most popular vintages. Experience a unique adventure in the countryside as you discover the real Spain.

From Salou: Peñiscola and Ebro Delta Sightseeing Tour

9. From Salou: Peñiscola and Ebro Delta Sightseeing Tour

Board a tour bus and head south, passing through rambling orange plantations on your way to the Ebro Delta. Visit one of the largest wetlands in the Mediterranean which is famous for the production of rice (called "arroz bomba") and for the many species of birds that find a place to breed and live for part of the year. Spot colorful flamingos and other stilt birds resting in the marshes and wander along the river after a short guided introductory tour. Make stops for photos, pick up some rice and honey in the little shops scattered around the natural park, and stop in at a restaurant for refreshments.   Journey on to Peñiscola, one of the most scenic villages in Spain where a number of films and shows (most famously Game of Thrones) have been shot. Marvel at the unique natural landscape of a town built upon a giant boulder formation at the tip of a peninsula. Walk through its small streets and admire the characteristic white houses with blue shutters. Glance up at colorful balconies decorated with plants and ceramic tiles. Check out the famous House of Shells and its striking seashell-encrusted facade. As you reach the town's peak, take in views of the famous Castle of Peñiscola which was originally built in the 13th century and served as a refuge for the pope. Choose to enter and explore the fortification for an extra fee of 5€. Enjoy stunning views over the beaches which stretch out on both sides of the historic center. 

Costa Dorada: Horse Riding and Walking Tour

10. Costa Dorada: Horse Riding and Walking Tour

Follow a short route through Catalan, riding 30 minutes completely tamed and quiet horses. You do not need to have any knowledge about horse-riding as the monitors will help you to carry out the activity, accompanying you at all times.  After riding Catalan roads and mountains, enjoy a walking tour through the Catalan municipality of Montroig, which will last approximately 35 minutes depending on the rhythm of the group as you visit each hidden place in the locality. Visit the Hermitage of MontRoig del Camp, which is the most characteristic monument in the area. In addition, learn about the history of this town as well as the characters who have lived there, such as Joan Miró himself.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 44 reviews

Absolutely loved our day out to Peniscola from Salou. Picked up at exactly 9am outside the Lazy wave bar and greeted by our guide - the lovely Janine. She was a pleasure to be around, spoke many different languages and is a gem!! The coach is comfortable and excellent air conditioning at all times. Enough stops (one is enough time for a cappuccino) and we got to see flamingo's - Yay!! When you land at Peniscola, approx 12.30pm Janine offers you to join her whilst she walks to the top and tells you lots of information on the way up. Beautiful streets and views all the way to the castle. You are free to wander about and grab a bite to eat and you all meet up at the drop off point at 4.30pm. We arrived back at the lazy wave at exactly 6pm. Highly recommend this excursion...so much so when we visit again, we will be booking on it for a second time.

Het was een heel leuk dagje! Je gaat ook meerdere dingen zien en met een hele goeie gids erbij. Juan was zo vriendelijk en gezellig dat hij de tour zoveel leuker maakte. Dus ik raad deze tour echt aan !

Picked up at our hotel Travelled to suirana The views were stunning Then went down to the lake at Pantaloon de Ciurana then onto Prades for an hour It was a great day out

Excellent experience we had a great day very knowledgeable guide and a very good driver Will use again

Great if you are staying in Salou & want to visit Barcelona for the day. Excellent value for money.