Barcelona is a city where you could get lost for days. However, it’s worth taking a day or several to explore the nearby areas. In Catalonia, there is a lot to see and do, but to save you time, I have selected the 5 best day trips from Barcelona.
1. Costa Brava
If I could only choose a single one day trip from Barcelona, my choice would be the Costa Brava. It’s one of the 10 best places to visit in Spain, that I listed here.
Along the 220 kilometres (137 miles) of the Costa Brava, you will find stunning landscapes, charming beaches, and picturesque villages. If you have enough time, do not hesitate to rent a car and explore this rocky coastline.
Some towns to include in your itinerary:
- Tossa de Mar
Although it is possible to explore the area in just one day, it’s highly recommended to reserve a couple of days (or even more!) to fully enjoy it.
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This Catalonian gem is a perfect one day trip from Barcelona. Located between Barcelona and the Costa Brava, this century-old city a gorgeous place to visit.
The Jewish Quarter in Girona, called El Call, is one of the best-preserved in the world. As you wander through its narrow streets, you can imagine what life was like here more than 500 years ago.
You can get to Girona in an hour and twenty minutes by car or in just 38 minutes by high-speed train. You can buy your train ticket to Girona here.
Montserrat is another popular one day trip from Barcelona. Montserrat (“serrated mountain” in Catalan) is a rocky mountain range located about 45 kilometres (30 miles) from Barcelona.
At the top of the mountain range is the Montserrat Monastery, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view. This basilica is famous for the Virgin of Montserrat (la Moreneta), one of the few black Madonnas in Europe and the main attraction for many visitors.
Montserrat is also a great place for hiking, with options for different levels of difficulty.
You can get to Montserrat in one hour by car or by public transport. You can find out how to get there here.
Sitges is a seaside town located a short distance from Barcelona, with great beaches and an excellent tourist offer. It is one of the most famous and charming towns on the Catalan coast. Its mild climate makes it a perfect destination in any month of the year.
Many reasons make a visit to Sitges worthwhile: its beautiful promenade with Indian palaces, a wide range of cultural and sports activities, its 4 kilometres of beach and a lively nightlife.
You can get to Sitges in about 40 minutes by car or commuter train.
Although this is a less popular destination than other better-known places such as Sitges or Girona, Tarragona is definitely a place worth visiting and a fabulous one day trip from Barcelona.
With more than 2,000 years of history, its Roman ruins are one of its main tourist attractions. The Roman waterfront amphitheatre was built in the 2nd century BC and had a capacity of more than 15,000 people. Even today, it’s possible to perceive its spectacular nature in these ruins.
Another attraction from Roman times is the ancient city wall, which was once more than 3 km long and enclosed the Roman city. Today, one kilometre of the old wall is still well preserved and it’s one of the oldest Roman constructions outside of Italy.
But Tarragona is not only an interesting archaeological site. The old city, formed over the centuries, is a delightful place to wander. Furthermore, in the Tarragona area, you can enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches on the Catalan coast.
Tarragona is located one hour from Barcelona, and you can get there both by car or by train. You can buy your train ticket to Tarragona here.
This is my selection of the 5 best day trips from Barcelona. When you travel to Barcelona try to include one of these destinations in your itinerary, they’re really worth it!
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