The Cheng family love ancient stones and history, this is why they decided to book a tour to Tarragona and Sitges with us.
Tarragona is famous for its Roman ruins, declared World Heritage by the UNESCO. And Sitges is an old fishermen town where gathered the bohemian artists of the first generation of the Catalan Modernist Movement, and where also built their houses the immigrants that came back rich from America, and it makes a great location for a family lunch after the sightseeing, on the way back to Barcelona.
So we met at their lovely appartment in the Eixample district at 9AM to start our tour. As always, our driver was also punctually waiting for us there, too.
The kids were still a bit sleepy, so we let them rest at the back of the minivan, while I chat with the parents about our local history and answered some of their questions about their plans for their stay in Barcelona.
The drive along the highway was smooth: we saw the Montserrat mountain from afar, and we passed the Penedes vineyards, that are now starting to get green with new spring leaves. Just before we arrived to Tarragona, we made a short stop to take pictures of the impressive Roman Aqueduct of Les Ferreres.
By 10.30 we have arrive to Tarragona, and the decided to start hour visit with a walk along the Roman walls there often views over the valley. After that, we entered the medieval alleys of the Old Town and we arrived to the Cathedral, when I showed them some could use details of the stonework in the façade.
We continued our stroll seeing the ruins of the Roman Forum, and the crumbled arches left of the medieval Jewish Section. We then arrived to the Pretorium Tower, and they decided to enter it: it’s a lot of stairs to climb, but the kids loved it and the views are spectacular. Then we took pictures of the remains of the Roman circus, and we still had time to visit the Roman amphitheater, which is full of history.
By 1 PM the driver was waiting for us to take us to Sitges, where we arrived an hour later. We headed straight to one of my favorite restaurants there, that overlooks the water, and we enjoyed a nice seaside lunch.
After lunch, the kids wanted to play in the playground next to the restaurant, but we convince them to come with us and enjoying a walk along the marina and the beaches of Sitges with the promise of a gelato at the end.At 4:15 PM, we went back to what a driver was waiting for us, and we headed back to Barcelona.
It had been a lovely day out!
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