Day Trips to Barcelona
You could stay for several weeks within Barcelona with no need to be short of things to do, activities to take in, food to try, and bars to explore.
If you want to experience Catalan life away from the city — or to change the pace, you can pick between beaches, mountains, and beautiful small towns that are all one short drive away. Here are the top day trips to Barcelona.
It is said that the mountain Montserrat can be described as the home of Catalonia’s most sacred place, the monastery of the identical name. The views are breathtaking. Take the time to walk in your shoes. Depending on the season, it is possible to see a performance by a choir within the basilica. Then, take the funiculars, or go for a stroll down into The Santa Cova, the site where La Moreneta, a holy effigy of the Virgin–was discovered, or climb up towards Sant Jeroni. Sant Jeroni peak for a breathtaking view over the valley beneath.
How to reach Montserrat: The R5 line trains run by FGC operate half-hourly or hourly from Barcelona’s Placa d’Espanya station (one hour). Take the cable car of the AERI to Montserrat’s monastery from the Aeri station. Or, you can use R5 or R5 up to Montserrat’s next station (Monistrol of Montserrat) from which cremallera train trains take you towards the monastic area (20 20 minutes) between 20 and 40 mins. There are a variety of train and cremallera combo tickets to choose from.
Barcelona’s are attracted by the vast Parc of Collserola located into the mountains, as an oasis away from city life. There are cycling and walking paths throughout the park that are dotted with traditional-style eateries. Get an outline of the different routes at the information center located at Carretera de l’Esglesia 92 near the Baixador de Vallvidrera FGC train station. Anyone who has a little energy can take a walk over the mountains to Sant Cugat and take the train back to Barcelona from there.
How to reach Collserola: Get the FGC suburban train from Placa de Catalunya, Carrer de Provenca or Gracia to Baixador de Vallvidrera.
The Girona’s Old Town is a compact cluster of old arcaded homes, grand churches, and steep cobbled streets with the magnificent cathedral that looms over it. Prior to the expulsion of Jews at the time of 1492, Girona is home to the largest Jewish community. The Museu del Historia of Jueus is a good resource for their history. To see a different side of the past, the 12th-century Banys Arabs (‘Arab Baths’), which was used to film for the HBO series Game of Thrones, is also worth visiting, as is the gorgeous, Romanesque Monestir de Sant Pere of Galligants. Take a stroll along through the River Onyar to look at the vibrantly painted houses that line the river, or walk to the more modern part of town in which you can find amazing tapas bars. If you have pockets that are large enough, Girona is also home to one of the top restaurants in the world, El Celler de Can Roca.
How to arrive at Girona: Take the train from Barcelona (from EUR9, 40 minutes to 1 1/2 hours minimum half-hourly).
A majority of day-trippers go to Figueres to see its most popular attraction Dali museum. Dali museum. (c)John J Banagan/Getty images
Figueres is home to some stunning Modernista architecture and a massive 18th-century castle ( Castell de Sant Ferran), and an adorable little museum called it’s the Museu del Joguet. It is, however, best famous for its Theater-Museum Dali. It was once a theatre and was transformed to the liking of Dali, his own self into palatial surrealism and is surrounded by high red walls that swell with enormous eggs, Oscar-like statues, and the infamous croissants made of plaster. Inside, you’ll find art, jewelry designed by Dali, and some fascinating trompe-l’oeil art installations. Tickets to the Teatre-Museu Dali museum are free admission into the Museu de l’Emporda, a stunning archaeology and art gallery considered to be among the most impressive in the region.
How to get there the figures Figueres Train station located about 800m south of the center, is home to half-hourly trains that run to and from Barcelona (EUR12 up to EUR16 1 34 up to two and a half hours).
The charming, whitewashed town in Sitges is ideal for sun-worshipping, seaside promenading. In warmer months, it is common to find the popular beaches very packed. You can choose from several, so choose the perfect spot for a morning or afternoon of bathing (or skinny-dips off the beach that isn’t nudist) before settling on the nearest seafood restaurant. It’s not all about the ocean here. Suppose you’re interested in contemporary art or an interest in the Modernisme trend. In that case, the elegant old center’s assortment of stylish buildings, as well as a host of housing museums, are well worth a bit more time. It is also home to fantastic nightlife and a lively gay scene. One of Spain’s finest Carnaval celebrations takes place in this town (dates vary each year), and in October, there is Sitges International Film Festival. Sitges International Film Festival of the city.
How to reach Sitges: From 5 am until 10 pm, regular trains operate between Barcelona Passeig de Gracia and Sants (EUR4.10 40 minutes). Monbus operates between Barcelona (EUR4.50 minutes each between 15 and 50 minutes).
6. Vilanova i la Geltru
Just a few kilometers from Sitges (there is also a wonderful one-hour walk through the cliffs you could take to get there), Vilanova I la Geltru is a bigger, smaller, more intimate version that has dedicated its efforts to industry and fishing instead of leisure activities and has a pleasant casual atmosphere. If you’re looking to enjoy a day at the beach and enjoy the sun, this is the perfect location to do so. There are plenty of decent broad beaches (head towards the south for a gorgeous small cove) as well as a fascinating railway museum which is called the Museu of Ferrocarril.
How to get there Vilanova in the Geltru region: From 5am to 10pm, trains are running from Barcelona (EUR5.60 45 minutes, EUR5.60).
With a similar dimension and size similar to Girona, Tarragona is famous as a place of Roman remains. Because the Museu of History de Tarragona–which comprises the principal Roman sites–is usually the busiest in the morning The best way to get there is, to begin with the Amfiteatre Roma and the Forum Provincial prior to visiting the amazing Museu Nacional Arqueologic de Tarragona and provides an informative insight into the city’s fascinating Roman history. Then, make your way to the magnificent cathedral and then eat lunch in one of the numerous restaurants that line the fishing district of El Serrallo, where you’ll find a number of excellent seafood restaurants.
How do I get to Tarragona: The train station is located 10 minutes to the south of the town’s old part, close to the beach. It also has connections to and from Barcelona (from EUR8.05 1 to one and a half hours each 10-30 minutes).
Montblanc is a surprisingly large medieval walled town with an abundance of places to eat and rest. It’s worth a trip by itself; however, it is recommended that you must travel in a vehicle to explore the “Cistercian Route,” which is a trio of magnificent monasteries that are within easy reach of each other in Poblet , Vallbona de Les monges in Vallbona de les Monges, and Santes Creues. You’ll have to leave early if you wish to visit the entire trio.
How to reach Montblanc: Five trains every day depart starting from Barcelona Passeig de Gracia and Sants. The first train arrives at about 7am.
9. Colonia Guell
In addition to La Sagrada Familia Gaudi’s most recent major undertaking was the construction of the utopian textile worker’s complex to honor his magnate patron Eusebi Guell, located outside Barcelona in Santa Coloma de Cervello. Gaudi’s primary task was to build the church of the colony, Colonia Guell, but he failed to finish the crypt that was accessible to the public. Its mainly brick-clad columns provide support for the ribbed vaults that are in the ceiling. They are bent at all angles, similar to the way the trees in the forest are lean. They are the key to understanding the mechanics behind his masterpiece, which is his masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia.
How to reach Colonia Guell: Take FGC lines S4 or S8 from Colonia Guell.
Vic and its charming historical center and a few fine restaurants is the most prestigious of those flatlands that make up La Plana de Vic to the south of the Pyrenees and is a quick train journey from Barcelona. Tourist offices are situated away from Placa Major, the largest of Catalunya’s central squares, where you can see the medieval, Baroque, and Modernista mansions. It’s still the site of market stalls, which is why it has its name: Placa del Mercadal.
How to reach Vic: Regular rodalies trains (line R3) operate between and to Barcelona (EUR6.30 One up to 1 1/2 hours). The train station is situated 500m the to the west of Placa Major.