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Tarragona Roman Ferreres aquaduct | Pont del Diable

Roman aqueduct crossing Barranc del Diable river valley on the outskirts of Tarragona. Visitor tips for walking along the top & getting to information

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About Tarragona Roman Ferreres aquaduct | Pont del Diable

The Tarragona Roman aquaduct, known as acueducto de Ferreres or Pont del Diable is a 249 metres long aqueduct that crosses the Barranc del Diable river valley with a maximum height of 27 metres. The Tarraco aqueduct can be found three kilometres outside of the centre of Tarragona in Parque Ecohistórico del Puente del Diablo.

The Pont del Diable (Devil's Bridge), is only a fragment of a much longer conduit used to supply Tarraco with water from the Francolí River. The water was taken from the Rourell area, 92 metres above sea level, and carried water more than ten kilometres through a network of conduits and aqueducts of varying sizes.

The portion of this conduit called Les Ferreres aqueduct is comprised of 25 arches sitting on a lower tier of 11 arches, each with a span of 5.90 metres. The structure was built in the 1st century A.D. from large square-cut stones stacked without mortar to form the two tiers of arches.

Les Ferreres aqueduct is one of two aquaducts that supplied Tarraco with water. The other route took water from the Gaià river with a substantial roman ruin of Aqüeducte de la font del Llorito which is not really visitable and in a state of disrepair.

Once water from these two feeds reached Tarraco. it was deposited in distribution tanks located in the Roman city. The floor of the water channel had to be waterproofed with a characteristic mortar (opus signinum) that prevented loss of water. The water conduit was originally covered.

Visiting Tarragona Roman Ferreres aquaduct | Pont del Diable

The top of the viaduct has a path that you can walk along and enjoy the views.

The viaduct is in a park that is open 24x7 and free entry. I recommend visiting it during daylight hours or at sunset.

Within the park is a cafe/restaurant called El Restaurant de la Casa del Guarda that serves snacks and drinks.

What to take with you for Tarragona Roman Ferreres aquaduct | Pont del Diable

Access to the viaduct is via a gravel path in a woodland park so I would advise taking a bottle of water. Although step free it does require a little walking to reach.

There is a cafeteria inside the Roman Aqueduct park.

Summary of Prices

Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Adult € 16.10 FREE Child € 16.10 FREE Notes Access to the park and viaduct is free. Bus from Tarragona to park is about 2 euros on top of the 16.10 euros return train fare to Tarragona

Getting to Tarragona Roman Ferreres aquaduct | Pont del Diable

Address: Barranc del Diable S/N, Tarragona. 43003

The viaduct is located in a park about 10 minutes outside of Tarragona city via bus. From Plaza Imperial Tarraco look for the #5 bus stop. The number 5 bus to Pont de diable bus takes about 10 to 15 minutes. Busses every half an hour. Consult Movit Bus app.

To return to Tarragona city centre from Pont de diable, use the same bus stop that you got off at. The return route goes via the Sant Salvador housing estate and takes 30 minutes.

Another option would be to get a taxi for about 10 to 15 euros each way.

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Preserved Roman aquaduct crossing Barranc del Diable river valley within parkland on the outskirts of Tarragona

Distance: 1.70 Km

Difficulty: Easy

Return Travel Fare: €3.40

Transport Network: Regional + Bus

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