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Tarragona Essentials- Free historical and cultural walking tour in English with a Native English speaker (Small groups)

Duration: 2h and 15min
Languages: English
Guru: Hayley
Quality Verified Registered on November 18, 2022

Hi, my name is Hayley! I am from London in the UK and have been living in the beautiful, historical town of Tarragona for several years in addition to Sabadell (another Catalan city) prior to that. I have a degree in Hispanic Studies (this includes Spanish and Portuguese languages, culture, history and linguistics) from Queen Mary University of London. In addition to tour guiding, I am also a Foreign Languages Teacher by profession. It is my passion for other cultures and languages which is what brings me to Spain, and the rich history and Mediterranean sea that brings me to Tarragona :) I have also lived in the Middle East (Bahrain), studied in Portugal and have lived in 3 other Spanish cities: Salamanca, Almería and Melilla (a Spanish enclave in North Africa). As someone who is passionate about languages, I also studied Italian and Arabic outside of my degree but I also have many other hobbies asides from learning languages e.g. travelling, art (painting and drawing), history, music, dance, singing and composing music, playing the guitar, sport and martial arts (I am a black belt in Taekwondo!). One of the things I love most about tour guiding, is being able meet new people from all around the world and share and learn new things from one another! :)

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Tour description

Free tour in English! (Get ready to travel back in time to ancient Tarracco!)

Concise but complete small group tour of Tarragona covering the main attractions of both modern and historical Tarragona, finishing off in the impressive Plaça de la Font where you can go for a vermouth/ drinks and nibbles if desired after the tour (optional). I will also be touching on some interesting and curious Spanish and Catalan traditions and culture :)

Main Attractions we will visit:

  • Plaça del mercado (Market square)
  • Foro de la Colonia (Colonial Forum)
  • Rambla Nova
  • Mediterranean Balcony
  • The Roman Amphitheatre 
  • The Roman Circus
  • Colla Jove Xiquets de Tarragona
  • Santa Tecla Cathedral (where the Ancient Temple of Augustus used to lie)
  • Plaça del Rei (King's Square)
  • Plaça del Forum (Forum Square)
  • Plaça dels Sedassos (Sedassos Square)
  • Plaça de la Font (Fountain Square)

...and some other suprises! ;)

So get ready to explore and create some new memories together on your upcoming trip to Tarragona!

Please note that:

  • These are small group tours so the spaces are limited, however, if there aren't enough spaces left for the tour you would like to attend, please get in touch with me directly as sometimes adjustments can be made :)

  • This is a free tour so entry is not included to any of the sites that we will pass by (we will be viewing them from outside only, but they are all mostly open air so it's still close enough to get a great view!) :)

  • Make sure you bring plenty of water, a hat and sun cream (especially during the summer months as it can get very hot and all of the sites are outdoors)! It's good to check the weather forecast and dress appropriately for the expected weather conditions before leaving for the tour.

  • This tour can last anywhere between 2 and 2.5 hours depending on the pace of the group and crowdedness of Tarragona on the day.

  • The minimum total number of attendees for the tour to go ahead is 4 (you will be informed if the limit has not been reached before the start of the tour).

    -All the photos above are my own photos and depict a few of the sites we will encounter on the tour :)

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Pl. de Corsini, 43001 Tarragona, Spain
    Pl. de Corsini, 43001 Tarragona, Spain
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    I will be standing close to the entrance of the post office (a light yellow coloured building which says "correos" on the front of it with my folder in my hand).

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Mercado de Tarragona
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Foro de la Colonia
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Rambla Nova
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Balcón del Mediterráneo
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Anfiteatro de Tarragona
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Circ Romà
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Colla Jove Xiquets de Tarragona
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Plaza del Rey
  • 9
    Outside visit
    Jewish Quarter of Tarragona
  • 10
    Outside visit
    Plaza del Foro
  • 11
    Outside visit
    Corderet House
  • 12
    Outside visit
    Cathedral of Santa Tecla of Tarragona
  • 13
    Outside visit
    Plaça dels Sedassos
  • 14
    Outside visit
    Plaza de la Fuente

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Zakia 19 Jul 2024

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Travelled alone - Jul 2024
Brilliant tour, very friendly and informative guide, Hayley was great and it showed! Definitely recommend her and always remember to tip!
John 19 Jul 2024

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Travelled in family - Jul 2024
Hayley was excellent, very friendly and knowledgeable. A very enjoyable tour
David 19 Jul 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jul 2024
Useful tour to get a feel for Tarragona. Go at the beginning of your break to get the most out of it. Take water - it can get hot!
Don Wright 07 Jul 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Hayley is knowledgeable and provided a great tour. Overall, an excellent experience.
Gavin 28 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
This was a really interesting tour around Tarragona's (predominantly) Roman and Medieval spots with some more modern history thrown in to. Hayley was exceptionally knowledgeable about the area and the history and made the tour both informative and interesting. The tour itself was really well thought out with opportunities to stop to grab a drink which is needed in the hot weather. It also ends in a lovely square with lots of restaurants and cafes for food and drink after the tour. Would highly recommend this tour and Hayley as a guide.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 15 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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