There’s More to Catalunya than Barcelona

Day Trips Outside of Barcelona, Spain

The beautiful city of Barcelona is filled with things to do from visiting Sagrada Familia, finding the hidden gems of Guadi architecture to walking down the infamous Rambla you might be thinking, how could there possibly be more to see? Well, there is and it’s all located right outside the city. All of the amazing places you’re about to read about are either a train or bus ride away. Hopefully you’ll have enough time to visit at least one of these places on your next trip to Barcelona.

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Monserrat: A Mountain With Amazing Views

    • If you’re looking to get out of the city for the day and experience some of the amazing geography Spain has to offer might I recommend you take a trip to the beautiful mountain of Monserrat. Only one hour outside of  the city, it’s extremely easy to get to. All you need is some walking shoes and water and you’re good to go. Once you’re there you’ll find there are many things to do. You can challenge yourself to a 7km hike to the top of the mountain or relax in a cafe at the base. Either way, you will be surrounded by beautiful scenery and breathtaking views. For full direction’s on how to get there click here.

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Sitges: The Beach Town

    • Or, maybe you’re looking for a more relaxing beach experience. This city is a personal favorite and a huge change to the ever crowded Barcelona beach. I fell in love with Sitges the first time I visited for Carnaval in April. It’s a small, Mediterranean style city with a micro-climate and a gay-friendly population. While relaxing by day, this city transforms at night as it’s home to some of the wildest bars, and an even crazier crowd. If you have a day to spare this is a must see city, and it’s located only 30 minutes by train outside of Barcelona (Take the R2 via Sitges from Sants Estació).

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Penedès: The Cava Country

    •  The hub of award winning wineries and beautiful green countryside. If you’re looking to learn about the amazing wines and cavas made in Spain this part of Catalunya is the place to be. Many wineries offer tours that give wine enthusiasts an inside look at the handwork put into creating some of the best wine & cava i’ve ever had. For more information on this area visit http://www.enoturismepenedes.cat/en.

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Girona: A Beautifully Historic Capital

    •  Old town Girona is a well preserved city that lives and breathes history. One thing that makes this city unique is that it is home to an ancient city wall that was built to protect the city during the 1st century. Today the wall and watch towers can still be climbed to attain some of the best panoramic views of the area. Another must see element of the city is the cathedral, which has the longest nave in the world and stands as a classic example of Catalan Gothic architecture. There’s so much history contained in this place you’ll need the whole day to explore it all. You can get to Girona from Barcelona by taking the train from Sants Estació – it takes about an hour.

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Besalú: A Preserved Medieval City Complete With A Moat!

    •  Probably the coolest place I went to in Spain. I’ve never been big on history, but all that changes when you’re literally walking through a history book. I recommend paying for a tour of this place because there are so many stories preserved within every wall, and trust me they are worth hearing!

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Costa Brava: Where The Coast Meets the Forest

    • Located in Girona, Costa Brava is known for it’s amazing climate, excellent beaches and rolling hillsides. There are many little cities all along the coast with beautiful Mediterranean style buildings that serve as restaurants, hotels, and shops. The combination of the beach with the forest is incomparable to anywhere else I’ve ever been, it’s breathtakingly beautiful.

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Tarragona: Port Aventura

    •  Home to the biggest amusement park, if you’re looking for a day of thrills you should check out Port Aventura. There are two different parks, the attraction park and the water park. And it’s all just a train ride away. The attraction park is perfect for all ages, and has an “around the world” theme that takes you from China to Mexico and even the Wild West. It’s no Disneyland but if you’re itching to ride some rides this place will not disappoint.

Hope this helps to give you some ideas on places to go when planning your next trip, if you have any questions feel free to ask!

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