Hi there everyone,
I was hoping you could help me with some advice/information.
In a couple of weeks I will travel to Barcelona on a long weekend for the first time to visit some friends and family ... and visit a few T/WHS along the way. I want to start off with some of the more out of the way places before exploring Barcelona and was hoping to hire a car to efficiently visit Tarragona (Tarraco), Poblet and El Cogul (Roca dels Moros, part of the Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin WHS, and, from what I have been able to find out, probably the most extensive such site within reach of Barcelona).
My question from those who have done this regards timing and feasibility. Ideally I would leave Barcelona early in the morning on Thursday, drive to El Cogul (the furthest location), visit the site and visitor centre, continue to Poblet, and then do Tarraco. My problem is that El Cogul is open from 10:00 until 14:30 (afternoons only accessible with reservation) and Poblet from 10:00 to 12:30 (and then again from 15:00 to 17:25) and it's about 40mins from one to the other. Given the very short opening times at Poblet is it realistic to visit El Cogul first and then Poblet, whilst still giving enough time for both? And is the 12:30 time for Poblet last entry or when it closes? Because if it closes at that time you probably have to enter by 11:30 at the latest to have enough time to visit, which seems ridiculous.
Or would you recommend Tarraco in the morning, Poblet in the afternoon and finally El Cogul on reservation (how likely is it that they will open the site for just one person)?
Any help and advice would be very much appreciated.