If you have visited all the main attractions in Barcelona already, it’s time to hit the road and go explore other areas with the best day trips from Barcelona, Spain!
What if I tell you there are there some equally awesome things outside of Barcelona?
After spending many months in the city of Barcelona and its surroundings, I must confess, you should spend at least a day or two visiting some of the great attractions outside of Barcelona and get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city! You won’t regret it a bit! Some extremely beautiful cities close to Barcelona are Figueres, Cadaques, Sitges, Lloret de Mar and more, which you will discover in the article below!
The awesome attractions I am going to talk about are close enough to Barcelona to make it a day trip and none of them are crowded. Ok, except one of them, but I will share some excellent tips on skipping the line there, too!
Shall we begin? Here are the 9 best day trips from Barcelona, Spain:
Here is a map showing all of the places I am recommending:
Montserrat mountain is a one-of-a-kind mountain and its “personality” is defined by its serrated rows of peaks that resemble rounded needles or fingers. Montserrat would make for a great, short day trip from Barcelona!
It is unique not only because of its geology but also because of the ancient Montserrat monastery that is nestled at the base of the mountain. (The literal translation of Montserrat is “serrated mountain”). In the monastery, you can see the shrine and the Black Madonna or listen to the boys’ choir singing the Virolai (held daily at 1:00 PM).
Besides admiring the actual monastery, there are some awesome things to do there that can easily fill up your day:
- you can take various walks around the monastery (there are funiculars and cable cars that will take you to the starting point);
- you can visit a couple of museums and interesting audio-visual exhibitions;
- there are some great places to eat and chill outside with an amazing view.
MONTSERRAT AND WINE TOUR
Another option if you want to visit Montserrat – especially if you like wine – is to sign up for this highly-rated Montserrat and Wine tour; it’s actually one of the easy day trips from Barcelona as well! Leaving from central Barcelona early in the morning, you travel by coach to the abbey, where you get a guided Montserrat tour of the church (in a group of 15 people maximum), before having two free hours to explore the nearby scenery. During your Montserrat day trip, you also have a chance to hear the L’Escolania Boys Choir sing, which is quite a unique experience!
Afterwards, you will enjoy a large lunch on the grounds of Oller de Mas castle and winery, before taking a tour of the vineyards and then enjoying a three-glass wine-tasting session in the small medieval castle.
How to get to Montserrat from Barcelona
Getting from Barcelona to Montserrat is easy and fast, but it can be quite confusing for tourists at first because there are three ticket options. In addition to transportation, the ticket options include the following:
|Trans Montserrat ticket||Tot Montserrat ticket||Montserrat Express|
|Round trip metro ride||Round trip metro ride||Round trip train to Montserrat|
|Round trip Train from Barcelona to Montserrat||Round trip train to Montserrat||An audio guide in 8 languages|
|Round trip ticker for Cremallera/Aeri||Round trip ticket for Cremallera/Aeri||A backpack with carquinyolis – typical biscuits|
|Unlimited use of the funiculars||Unlimited use of the funiculars||Discount codes for the amenities on the site|
|Entrance to the audiovisual exhibit “Montserrat behind closed doors”||Entrance to the audiovisual exhibit “Montserrat behind closed doors”||Liqueur tasting|
|entrance to Montserrat museum|
|all-you-can-eat-lunch at the self-service restaurant in Montserrat|
Choose your preferred ticket and buy it at the train station at Placa Espanya (or you can buy it online in advance following the links above).
If you decide on buying your ticket at the station, please come 20 minutes or so before your train departure; the availability is not an issue as tickets do not have assigned seats. Check the updated schedule of trains from Barcelona to Aieri de Montserrat in advance here. The trains come about every hour so it would be a pity to miss it. There is a ticket counter and a ticket machine to choose from to buy your tickets and credit cards are accepted too!
By the way, the return metro ride between any metro station and Plaça Espanya is free of charge if you chose “Trans” or “Tot”. Choose which type of train you want to take to Montserrat, either cable car OR rack railway to go up the mountain (I will explain the difference below). Once you’ve reached your destination, you can take unlimited rides on funiculars there!
In short, all of the three options above provide transportation to Montserrat; some are more expensive because of the extra perks they provide.
Which Montserrat ticket did I choose? I chose TOT Montserrat (TOT means “All” in Spanish), and I can say it is definitely worth the extra 18€ – the lunch buffet was delicious and unlimited (you will get hungry during the day, trust me!) and the museum was fantastic too!
Tot and Trans tickets are good for any day; there is no specific date on your ticket when you purchase it. This is good as you can change your mind and go a day earlier or later if it is raining, for example.
Now, let me tell you about choosing the type of train that I mentioned earlier:
Cable car or Rack railway (Cremallera)?
Do not repeat my mistake, read this part very carefully and you will save yourself some money!
When you board the Montserrat train at Placa Espanya, there is just one train that goes to Montserrat, so everything should be clear until then.
But in order to get up to the mountain, you need to get off the train at some point and then take either the cable car or rack railway. Here is the schedule for both of them just in case (but you will probably not need it as the schedule of the cable cars is aligned to the arrival time of the train from Barcelona).
Depending on what you choose, you will need to get off at different stations.
- Montserrat Aeri stop for cable car (first stop of the train)
- Monistrol de Montserrat stop for rack railway (second stop of the train)
Because the companies that provide the service of bringing you up to the monastery are private, they don’t really care if you got off one station earlier/later by mistake. If it says on your ticket that you chose Rack Railway, you have to go with the Rack Railway (Monistrol de Montserrat stop, the second stop of Montserrat).
If you made a mistake and you got off at the first station (Montserrat Aeri) with your Rack Railway ticket, you will either need to pay extra for the Cable Car ticket (around 7€ per person one way), or wait for the next train (in 1 hour) from Barcelona to ride one extra stop.
I found this part very frustrating – I (and many other travelers) got off at the first stop by mistake, but our ticket said we chose Rack Railway. We could not waste one hour waiting for the train, so we had to pay the extra 7€ for the cable car ticket.
So, which one to choose in the end? Having tried both of them, I can say that Rack Railway (Cremallera) is better as it is more comfortable and you can sit down.
IMPORTANT: It is also good to choose Rack Railway because on the way back you will board the train back to Barcelona first (those who chose the cable car option will join the train 1 stop later). Most of them will probably not find an empty seat anymore, while you will be able to enjoy your seat for the whole duration of the ride.
NOTE: If you purchase the TOT Montserrat ticket, make sure to visit Museu de Montserrat. It is such a great museum! Keep in mind that it closes at 5:45 PM (and at 6:45 PM on weekends and during summer), so I would suggest arriving at least 45 minutes in advance. The museum features some of the great works of Dali, Monet, Picasso etc., so there are plenty of great paintings to see! The audio guide is 2,2€ and I recommend renting it.
If you do not want to take a guided tour, make sure to pick up a free booklet in your language, as it has detailed information about all the main objects in Montserrat.
Food in Montserrat – There are restaurants where you can order food or snacks. If you purchase TOT tickets, an all-you-can-eat lunch with a great variety of food will be included with your Montserrat trip. If you do not want to buy the TOT Montserrat option, you can buy launch separately – it is 15€ per person.
Transportation inside Montserrat – If you decide to take a Montserrat from Barcelona tour, be aware that there are two funiculars to take from the monastery, one going up, the other going down. When you take the funicular up, I recommend going back down by foot as it is a charming hike of about 50 mins – 1 hour that you will most definitely enjoy!
Hotels in Montserrat – You can stay in Montserrat overnight, there is a hotel called Abbat Cisneros, but it is booked months in advance. Book your stay here!
– PRO TIP ON SKIPPING THE LINES IN MONTSERRAT –
If you want to avoid the lines and crowds, how about taking this exclusive early access tour and seeing the sunrise in Montserrat? You will have a live guide and you will have the place pretty much to yourself. Seeing Montserrat in a tranquil atmosphere must be an incredible experience; I wish I knew about this option before! You will finish the tour just in time to beat the hordes of tour buses that will arrive.
In case you want to see Montserrat Mountain from a whole new perspective, try an intimate Montserrat hot air balloon ride that also includes a tour of the Monastery!
If you would prefer to see all the main attractions in Barcelona – Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and Montserrat – in a small group with skip-the-line access, then this tour is the perfect option for you!
Another unique choice would be to take this tour of Montserrat in the evening, listen to the choir and spend the night there and then admire the incredible landscape early in the morning! This tour includes the hotel and half board meal as well.
2. Figueres, Dali Museum
If you are a Dali fan searching for interesting day tours from Barcelona, I have good news for you!
The Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres attracts thousands of visitors daily and it is the second most visited museum in Spain after Prado in Madrid!
It’s no wonder – Figueres is the birthplace of Dali as well as the place where he was buried, too.
Museo Dali is actually the largest surrealistic object in the world!
Everything in the museum was designed by the artist himself and, thus, everything really needs some explanation for simple, non-artsy people (read – me). 🙂
For this reason, I highly recommend booking a guide in advance. After all, if you are going to one of those cool places near Barcelona, you wouldn’t want to miss out on any important information, right?
Unfortunately, there are no live guides that can be hired at the museum, nor audio guides to rent. I was really disappointed when I realized this because you really do miss out on a lot of interesting information if you just look at all the bizarre things!
I overheard some information by sneaking in a guided group and in 3 minutes I learned so many interesting facts, that I can only imagine how much I’d now know if I had taken the tour. For example, I learned that Dali married a Russian woman, Gala, who gave him his inspiration. I also learned the meaning of hanging huge condoms in the hall and many more things that I would never understand by myself.
One other big advantage of taking a tour – you will be picked up from your hotel, so you do not need to worry about transportation. So convenient, right?
This is a semi-private (small) full-day tour of Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres that also includes a visit to Cadaques (below in this post), a visit to Dali’s home in Port Lligat and more!
This Figueres and Girona tour with Dali Museum included in another great option, too!
NOTE: There are some day tours that offer guided tours, but they actually only provide a guide for the outside of the museum, which loses the whole point of having a guide in my opinion. So read the reviews carefully before booking your tour. The ones I mentioned above definitely have a live guide.
How to get to Figueres from Barcelona by yourself
Train. A high-speed AVE train (Alta Velocidad in Spanish) will take you from Barcelona to Figueres in just 50 minutes and will cost about 35€. The train leaves from Passeig de Gracia station; here is the website where you can find the schedule and prices. There is also a normal, non-high-speed train; the price is usually 16€ and it takes 1 hour and 40 minutes to get to the Figueres train station, so 2 hours all together with walking to the museum. You can also take a local bus from the train station and it will take you directly to the museum for 1,25€.
Bus. There is also a bus from Barcelona to Figueres. The good thing about taking the bus is that it stops right in front of the museum, so you do not need to walk, but I would not recommend this option as taking the bus appears to be more expensive and takes longer than a train. Check your dates on the official website, but it will cost around 20€ and it will take 3 hours.
Driving. Renting a car can actually be quite a cheap option so I recommend you check the prices here! The journey is 140 km long. Take AP7 motorway and take the Figueres exit.
Price for Dali museum
The entrance to the museum is 14€ for adults and 10€ for students. Kids aged 8 and younger can enter free of charge. If you get a Barcelona City Pass (which gives you Skip-the-Lines access to Sagrada Familia and Park Guell), you will also get a 20% discount to Figueres museum.
The whole visit can be done in a single day, but even half a day should be enough if you are in a rush.
Do not miss the Dali Jewels Museum located just after Dali Museum; the entrance is included in your ticket! Also, go around the building to see the surreal façade with giant eggs on top!
3. PortAventura and Ferrari Park
If you are tired of Barcelona sightseeing and want something more exciting for your vacation, maybe a trip to PortAventura theme park would be a great idea, especially if you are traveling with kids!
PortAventura Park is a great place for both travelers with kids and groups of adults and it is actually one of the top day tours from Barcelona that you can do! There are rides for all ages and thrill-tolerance levels for all ages, so it is definitely worth it to add it to your itinerary as well!
Some great PortAventura rides are the crazy Dragon Khan and the legendary hyper coasting Shambhala, and don’t forget about the Tutuki Splash – a volcanic explosion for the entire family!
How to buy cheap PortAventura tickets?
Do you want to know a secret of buying tickets to PortAventura cheaper than on the official website?
The price of a single ticket to PortAventura only is 48€ on the official website and the ticket for 1 day, 2 park pass is 55€.
At the time when I was writing this article, I found cheaper tickets on the GetYourGuide website for 50€ (instead of 55€) for 1 day/one park. If you want to go to Ferrari Land too, you should buy tickets INSIDE Port Aventura, as there it will be 15€ instead of 20€ (with no lines!), so the total would be 50 (35+15)€.
This way you will save 5€ per person if you go to both parks and 13€ per person if you only go to the main park. The offers change constantly, so you can check if there are any current discounted options here.
NOTE: I DO NOT advise buying tickets at the gates because the lines are usually horrifically long. Why not save some money and time by buying your ticket online? You don’t even need to print it, simply showing it on your smartphone is enough!
UPDATE: You can get a 20% discount (which means about 11€ saving per person) with your Barcelona City Pass (that will also give you free skip-the-line admission to Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and many other perks)!
Fast pass Port Aventura: It costs an additional 33€ to skip the line to each ride once or 53€ for unlimited rides. You can also pay an additional 5€ to be the first in the queue for Express pass holders. I bought the 33€ option and I found it to be enough and I was really happy we decided on this extra investment as it was definitely worth the money! The queues for Fast Pass holders are really not that long, so no need to pay the additional 5€. I visited the park in the beginning of September, but the crowds might be worse on weekends or during Barcelona holidays in the summer.
Ferrari Land Park – is it worth it?
Just like Disney Studio in Paris, PortAventura has a smaller neighboring theme park called Ferrari Land (obviously dedicated to the masterpiece of Enzo Ferrari) with some newer types of ride experiences.
I would say it is definitely worth visiting the Ferrari theme park as well!
Here are two rides that you cannot miss:
- Flying Dreams – Around the world with Ferrari (the one on the right). A 6D experience in the coolest ride simulator I have ever been to! It was so beautiful and the level of reality is beyond fantastic! This is definitely my favorite non-thrill ride ever!
- Red Force ride – This Ferrari World roller coaster is 112-meters high; it accelerates from 0 to 180 km/h in just 5 seconds!
PRO TIP: If you buy tickets to Ferrari Land inside PortAventura park, the price will be 15€ instead of 20€, which is a nice saving!
Fast Pass Ferrari Land: I love skipping the lines and this is why I love Fast Passes! They are so worth the money, especially in the high season! Fast Pass for Ferrari Land is 20€ and yes, the lines can be long. We bought it and we had no regrets!
How to get to PortAventura from Barcelona
PortAventura is located 100 km away from Barcelona city center. You can get there by train or by bus, but the second option will take longer.
I, for instance, took a train. The price of the train ticket can be anywhere between 9€ to 13€ for a one-way trip. Thus, the final price for your PortAventura 2-park ticket will be about 75€ per person depending on which train ticket you buy.
The trains leave from Barcelona Sans station. It takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to get to your destination and it is free seating.
A bus might be an option only if you go to the adventure park straight from the airport. You can book your ticket here.
Renting a car is always a great option if you drive. You don’t need to depend on the train schedule – plus, there are some really great options out there! Check out this link to see the current offers!
PRO TIP: Take some food and water with you. This will probably not be enough for the whole day, but it will save you some money. Don’t forget your sunscreen as well!
You can download the PortAventura App to make sure you do not miss a single ride!
NOTE: You can combine the visit of Tarragona (below in this list) with the adventure park, as they are located very close to each other.
If you don’t want the hassle of purchasing separate tickets, you can buy all the tickets and train ticket in one click here and it will be even cheaper than buying them individually (68€ instead of 75€ if you bought them individually).
Known as the capital city of the Catalonia region, Tarragona is one of the most popular destinations in Spain, especially for people who are looking for breathtaking historical and archaeological sites to delve into.
To guide you on your exploration during your Tarragona day trip, here are three of the many attractions and to-dos in Tarragona to tick off your list:
Ramble around Tarragona Rambla. To kick off your day in Tarragona, I would highly recommend for you to ramble around Tarragona Rambla or La Rambla Nova. This is the heart of the city where you could simply enjoy the time of your life strolling around and people-watching along with the locals. While you visit Tarragona, be sure to also appreciate the absence of street entertainers, the array of street arts, the many historical monuments, and the chance to sip on some good coffee in one of its well-kept cafes.
Enter into the time machine of Tarraco ruins. Like many ancient sites, the ruins of Tarraco are uninhabited, but a lot of tourists and locals alike go there because its archaeological remains are “one of the largest archaeological sites of Roman Hispania” that is still preserved in Spain up to this day. Here, you can turn back time through some Tarragona sightseeing at its Roman walls, The Amphitheatre, Early Christian Cemetery, The Circus, Aqueduct, and Triumphal Arc de Berà, to name a few popular spots. And yup, you guessed it, the archaeological remains were declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000! What a majestic sight to behold!
Chew on its gustatory food. Of course, your tour in Tarragona won’t be complete if you don’t get to taste the food offerings of Tarragona. The city is rich in seafood, Catalan cuisine, eel dishes, pig trotters, frogs legs, and huge fruits and vegetables! There are many places to eat at but I suggest for you to try La Capital, La Andaluza LC de la Part Alta, Txantxangorri, La Fàbrica, Koop, Ithaca, and El Complet.
You can also take a bus; travel time will be around one hour and a half and the price is around 10€.
Located on the easternmost side of Spain, Cadaqués is one of the most beautiful places around Barcelona! This town in the province of Girona that boasts of high cliffs, spectacular seascapes, and a remarkable art history because of Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Joan Vehí, André Breton, and Eugeni d’Ors. Cadaques is one of those great places that you should add to your list of Barcelona sightseeing tours, and below are the main points of interest that you should not miss:
Pay a visit to Casa Salvador Dalí. One of the prominent artists who made a mark in Cadaqués is painter Salvador Dali who lived and worked here for 50 years. This is why you should totally visit his house during your Cadaques day trip! Explore his maze-like seaside house, his works of art, and the fancy eggs he installed on his roof, among other things.
Keep in mind, though, to buy your admission tickets in advance because they sell out fast. For more details, click here. After wandering around the Dali house in Cadaques, I suggest you take an adventurous taxi boat tour around the cape!
Indulge in pesto pasta and some tapas. For a generously sized meal portion, head on over to La Gritta and indulge in some pesto pasta, pizza, sardines, and even ice cream while enjoying an unobstructed harbor view. Afterwards you could spend some time people-watching at the hipster terrace bar of Bar Mut with tapas in your left hand and a mojito in your right!
Explore Cap de Creus Nature Reserve. This spot promises scenic hiking routes, overflowing vegetation, cliffs, coastlines, and even underwater worlds for you to dive in. It’s an adventure spot you don’t want to miss while you’re in Cadaqués!
How to get from Barcelona to Cadaques
To get to Cadaqués, psyche yourself up for a train and a bus ride. Go to a train station in Barcelona that travels to Figueres via regional train service. From there, get a ticket in an orange and black kiosk that costs 16€ ($19.24 USD). Double check that your ticket takes you to Figueres.
Travel time is two hours. From Figueres, walk two minutes to the bus station. Get a ticket to Cadaqués that costs 5.50€ ($6.61 USD). Travel time is one hour. Be sure to stay awake; the road is packed with scenic views! For more train details, click here. For more bus details, click here.
Are you searching for some of the most beautiful beaches near Barcelona? The province of Sitges on the southwest side of Barcelona is your perfect answer!
Sitges is blessed with a number of beaches that families, couples, and tourists flock to, to have some fun under the sun, to keep their children entertained, and to relax from all their workloads! It makes sense why so many people choose to take a one day trip from Barcelona to Sitges!
Some prominent beaches in Sitges, Spain include Platja de Sant Sebastià, Platja de la Fragata, and Platja de les Anquines where you can kayak, swim, picnic, and do some water aeròbics. And while these are amazing spots to include in your Sitges getaway, I suggest for you to try the following activities as well:
Join the vintage car rally. If your feet happen to take you on a Sitges day trip in March, then you will be lucky to witness the International Vintage Car Rally. The privately-owned, glamorous cars paraded and displayed at this event date back to the 1920s. Feast your eyes on the glossy finishes, huge headlights, and wheels, and unleash the Rose DeWitt Bukater of Titanic fame in you as you watch the cars in front of you!
Dine in, the Sitges way. The best restaurants to take refuge in after a long day full of exploration and relaxing on a beautiful Sitges beach are Fragata, Cafe Roy, and Esmarris. Go to Fragata for a mouthwatering serving of Bacalao confitado, to Cafe Roy for some tapas, and to Esmarris for a Catalan feast. And don’t worry, don’t hurry, these three have ambiances like no other!
Gulp down some Bacardi. Yup, the maker of the world-renowned drink came from this humble province. While you’re here, visit Facundo Bacardí Massó’s house and learn about his origins, how rum is distilled, how to make your own mojitos, and a lot more! This is a great way to end your Sitges holidays! For more details, click here.
If you don’t want to just lay on the best beaches near Barcelona, you can also discover Sitges with a live guide and this private 5-hour tour from Barcelona is a great idea!
How to get from Barcelona to Sitges
To get to Sitges, you may take a taxi, bus, or train from Barcelona.
By taxi, you would need to travel for about 40 minutes. The fare is 75€ to 85€ ($89.48 to 101.41 USD).
By bus, you can either hail a MonBus in Plaza Espanya or in Ronda Universitat during the day time. Travel time is from 45 minutes to one hour. Ride buses with numbers N30, N31 or N32 in Plaza Catalunya at night time. Travel time is about 35 minutes. Single-journey fare starts from €4 ($4.77 USD). For bus schedules, click here.
By train, ride from any of the train stations (Estacio de França, Passeig de Gracia and Estacio Sants) going to Sitges. Get offt in either Vilanova i la Geltru or St. Vincenç de Calders. Single-journey fare starts from €4.10 ($4.89 USD). Travel time is about 40 to 50 minutes. For train schedules, click here.
7. Lloret de Mar
I will not say much about Lloret de Mar in this post, as I already have a dedicated article on this beautiful city! I will just say that it is very underrated. It is considered a destination for party animals, but it doesn’t have to be so. I guarantee you will have a wonderful vacation with your family, as a couple, or in a group of friends there. Lloret de Mar is also a great place where you can explore the nature around Barcelona, so it is definitely worth a day trip!
I have spent 4 days there and I really liked some of the hidden gems of this coastal city!
TIP: If you want to visit Lloret de Mar in a more extensive tour, I suggest you take this Costa Brava half-day tour from Barcelona!
For more information on awesome things to do, Lloret de Mar excursions and various ways on how to get there from Barcelona, you can read the following article:
Girona is a city on the northeastern side of Barcelona that has faced 25 sieges and been captured seven times. But hey, it has stood the test of time and is now one of the most famous Catalan cities that you should definitely include in your adventure to the outskirts of Barcelona! Here are just a few of the reasons why you should definitely visit Girona:
Experience Ciutat Antiga (Old City). Any good Girona day trip must start in the heart of the city, in the Old City. Found here is The Call, the 13-century Jewish quarter that is considered as one of the most important sites in Spain. Find out about its history and enhance your Instagram feed with its adorable staircase and the vibrant Lego-like Casa Maso with a view over the Onyar River.
Have a feast at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Girona is home to El Celler de Can Roca, rated the second-best restaurant in the world in 2016. Feast on their avant-garde and heritage recipes that will give an unforgettable experience to your taste buds!
Marvel inside the glorious Girona Cathedral. This one is cluttered with tourists because of its nave. It is a single nave said to be the widest Gothic nave in the world! The cathedral has notable Romanesque and Renaissance finishings to amaze you, among other things. For more details, click here.
To get to Girona, take a ride on the non-stop trains from Barcelona to Girona. Depart from Barcelona Sants station. Travel time via regular AVE trains is about 40 minutes. Fares range from 9.40€ to 31.30€ ($11.30 to 37.65 USD). For train schedules, click here.
There is also a morning train that departs from Barcelona to Girona at around 7.30 AM. You can check the exact schedule and book your ticket here.
If you are a Games of Thrones fan and you really want to get the most out of your Girona experience, there is a great Girona tour dedicated to that!
There is also a normal Girona and Costa Brava city tour from Barcelona that you might enjoy!
Vic is a welcoming city near Barcelona where contemporary coexists with history.
How does it sound to take a hot air balloon flight over a medieval town? I bet none of your friends have pictures and memories like this from Spain, do they?
Bonus: Other day trips suggestions
If you have some more time and you are searching for some other ideas for great Barcelona day tours, here are some bonus suggestions:
Andorra can also be done in a day trip if you really want to, but you will hardly be able to enjoy it – you will spend most of the day rushing around on the road. I would not recommend doing it. Instead, you could rent a car and enjoy one of your best 2-3 day weekend getaways from Barcelona, stopping on the road to admire the beauty. Andorra is worth a bit more time than one day if you ask me!
Begur is another super nice idea if you are wondering what to do around Barcelona and would like to have a destination all to yourself! Plus, this tiny city has some unique Cuban vibes, with beautiful colonial houses If you want to check it out, I suggest you visit the historical center with Begur Castle (dating from the 11th century), as well as the beautiful pebble beaches, where you can relax and unwind! Again, the best idea would be to rent a car and explore the entire area!
If you are a wine fan, then you have to include a day trip to the Cava Vineyards in your Barcelona itinerary! Cava is a special type of Spanish sparkling wine that you should taste during your Spain vacation. Even if you are not a wine fan, this activity can be enjoyable for everyone, especially if you are going there with some friends. A great place to do this is Alella and I recommend taking this wine tour by electric bike from Barcelona. If you would like a longer tour, I recommend this 5-hour wine & cava tasting in Catalonia from Barcelona.
Where to stay in Barcelona
Barcelona can serve as a great base to discover all these suggested places.
Here are my recommendations for Barcelona accommodations, all handpicked according to your budget. All of them have a great location and fabulous reviews:
Luxury ($300 USD and up): If you are a football fan, Hotel Sofia, which is a five-star hotel is the perfect choice for you as it is located 5 minutes away from the famous Camp Nou Stadium. It offers wonderful rooms designed with a keen eye for details in a modern way which will make you feel right at home. Another five-star hotel is Alma Barcelona GL, which features elegant decorations, a spa with an indoor swimming pool, a sauna and a gym. A nice feature of this hotel is the indoor terrace, perfect for rest and relaxation after a hard day of sightseeing.
Middle ($100 – $150 USD): Vasanta Hostal Boutique is a wonderful establishment which features nicely designed rooms, in neutral tones, and has a shared lounge. Coffee shops, restaurants and a lot of pubs can be found within walking distance of this accommodation option. Another good choice is Hostalin Barcelona Passeig de Gracia which is one of the best accessible hotels in Barcelona city centre and it has been reviewed by its past guests as a clean, overall perfect choice. If you fancy wines, you will be delighted to hear that it is situated right above Vinoteca Torres!
Budget (up to $100 USD): Rodamon Barcelona Hostel is located right next to the Palau Robert Gardens, so if you fancy nature and enjoying those surroundings, this is the perfect budget choice. Another one on my list of the best cheap hotels in Barcelona is Ten To Go Hostel, which offers a shared daytime area and even a pool. La Pedrera is located 2.8 km from the property and if you are traveling by train, Ten To Go Hostel is perfect, as it is located very close to the main train station.
If you are looking for a hotel in Barcelona, I have a post where all accommodation suggestions are sorted by price and area:
Even if the city of Barcelona is stuck in your mind, there are so many amazing things to see and tours around Barcelona, that you MUST leave at least a day or two to do a day trip! Barcelona makes a great base to explore the surrounding area and I hope my tips made it easy for you to find a place to match your interests, be it Girona, Tarragona, Sitges, or any other place that I recommended above! Regardless of which Barcelona day trips you will choose for yourself, I am sure you will have a great time!
I hope my list of the great getaways from busy Barcelona will help you make your vacation better and I also hope my tips will make it easier for you to get to your favorite place and enjoy your time there!
Would you add anything to this list? What do you want to visit out of these 9 options?
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