Bespoke, expert-led tours of the archaeology of Barcelona and Catalonia
Welcome to Artoba Tours, your bespoke, expert-led tours of the archaeology of Barcelona and Catalonia.
Nestled on the western Mediterranean coast, Catalonia has a spectacular array of prehistoric, historic, and modern landscapes, from coastal plains to mountain peaks, lush orchards to picturesque vineyards. Barcelona and Catalonia offer an outstanding range of archaeology and heritage sites and monuments to visit and explore, such as the caves where Neanderthals lived tens of thousands of years ago, the mysterious Stone Age dolmens in the Catalan hills, the UNESCO prehistoric rock art sites, the plethora of Roman ruins, and the majestic medieval castles, churches, and villages dotted throughout the landscape. Are you ready to start exploring?
With Artoba tours you will receive a personalised tour led by archaeologist Killian Driscoll, to help you discover and experience the Mediterranean of the past and the present. Just as no vacation is the same, no expert-led tour with us is the same. You tell us what would be your ideal trip, and we’ll design a tour for you, whether it is a half day, full day, or a multi-day trip. While we don’t have set tours, we can suggest a wide range of suggested itineraries.
One of our suggested itineraries is the ‘Archaeology of Wine’, that combines the archaeology, gastronomy, and the beautiful landscape of the Penedès wine region of Catalonia. Your day begins with a visit to an active excavation of a prehistoric hilltop settlement in the stunning Penedès wine region with evidence for grape production from about 3,000 years ago. Here you’ll learn about the history and archaeology of wine; this is followed by a visit to a boutique olive oil producer, then a three course lunch in a traditional Catalan restaurant, overlooking the vineyards and the majestic Montserrat. After lunch, you’ll visit an organic Penedès vineyard, with a tour of the vineyard and a wine tasting. Throughout the day, you’ll see and visit other sites as we explore the countryside, from medieval castles to the grand Modernisme-style country homes.