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Day Trips from Barcelona
A treasure trove of history and a pioneer in modern art and architecture, Catalonia’s capital city, Barcelona, is a pastiche of images steeped in stories. A trip to Barcelona is always enriching and when combined with day trips to nearby regions, it is all the more fulfilling. Here is an in-depth guide to the best day trips from Barcelona to complete your Spanish itinerary!
Why Take a Day Trip from Barcelona?
- Go beyond Barcelona and explore smaller towns and cities for a deep-dive into Catalan culture.
- Get a chance to explore temperate beaches, gorgeous mountain ranges and more in towns like Costa Brava and Sitges.
- Encounter delicious food and rare attractions in smaller towns.
- Get away from the hustle and bustle of Barcelona which can often be a little overwhelming.
- Explore offbeat paths and find hidden gems in Barcelona on your daytrips from Paris.
Best Day Trips from Barcelona
Why Visit: At a distance of 100km from Barcelona is Girona, a medieval town on the banks of River Onyar. The city even served as one of the locations of the popular series Game of Thrones and is an exciting town to visit.
April - July
|101 Km||:||1 hour 11 min|
Bus: A range of private bus companies like FLixBus ply to and from Girona.
Train: The high speed AVE trains will take you from Barcelona to Girona in a matter of 40 minutes
Things to do: Visit the Girona Cathedral, Museu d'Història dels Jueus and River Onyar
Places to eat: El Cellar de Can Roca, Restaurant El Cul del Món, Restaurant Occi
Why Visit: The birthplace of Barcelona, and now one of the highest points overlooking the harbor, Montjuic is a hill in Barcelona that is a popular tourist destination on the outskirts of the city.
August - October
|6 Km||:||20 min|
Montjuic Funicular: This funicular railway connects Montjuic with the Metro Transportation system at Paral·lel Station, Lines 2 and 3. If you're taking the metro, this is the easiest and fastest way to get to Montjuic.
Metro: Take any train in line L2 and L3, and deboard at Paral·lel station. From the station, you'll need to take the Montjuïc funicular.
Bus: Get onboard buses 55 or 150 and get off at the Telefèric de Montjuïc stop.
Things to do: Take a ride on the Montjuic Cable Car, Admire gorgeous views of the city from the hilltop, visit Caixa Forum.
Places to Eat: Petit Montjuic, Terraza Martínez
Why Visit: The Coastal city of Costa Brava is adorned with cobbled towns, calming mountain tops and beautiful beaches. Just North of Barcelona, Costa Brava is a hidden gem of the Catalonia Region.
April - July
|146 km||:||1 hour 37 min|
Bus: The bus leaves from Estacio del Nord and takes about an hour and twenty minutes. The bus will leave you in Tossa de Mar in just €2 - €15.
Taxi: You can hire a direct taxi that will take you from Barcelona to your drop location in Costa Brava. A taxi can cost you around €100 - €150.
Things to do: Visit gorgeous beaches, the Dali Musuem, La Garrotxa
Best Places to Eat: Vicus Restaurant, Massana Restaurant
Why Visit: Nestled in the mountains and visited by the sea, Montserrat is an island that is perfect for a day trip from Barcelona. You have to take a drive up the mountain and then you will arrive at the main grounds of the city.
June - August
|377 Km||:||3 hours 40 min|
By Cable Car:Montserrat’s cable car (Aeri) covers the 1320-meter journey in 5 minutes, making it the quickest way to reach the sanctuary.
By Train: Get on board Montserrat’s Cremallera. The journey from the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat railway station in Monistrol de Montserrat to the monastery takes 15 minutes
Things to do: The Benedictine Abbey, The Montserrat Museum
Best Places to Eat:
Why Visit: Sitges is a popular coastal town in Catalonia, Spain bordered by the Garraf mountains and boasting a spectacular coastline.
April, May, and September
|35 Km||:||30 - 45 mins|
Bus Stations: Plaça España and Ronda Universitat (MonBus)
Train Stations: Barcelona Sants, Estacio de França, Passeig de Gracia,
Things to do: Visit Passeig Maritim, Museu Cau Ferrat, Experience Local Seafood
Places to Eat: Incognito Cafe Bar, Sitges Bon Ester
Why Visit: Vic is a fascinating inland town, to the south of the Pyrenees mountains. It’s the capital of Osona and one of the most important towns in central Catalonia given its position
March, April, May
|70 Km||:||1.5 hours|
Bus Operators: Transports Elèctrics Interurbans S.A., Sagales
Things to do: Visit Placa Major, Takea balloon ride, visit Mercado Medieval
Best Places to Eat: Restaurant El Caliu, Restaurant D.O. Vic
Tips and Hacks for Day Trips from Barcelona
- Summer is a great time to visit Barcelona and all the small towns surrounding it.
- If you’re taking a day trip from Barcelona to popular tourist destinations like Montserrat or Montjuic remember to book your tickets online in advance to avoid missing out.
- Plan your day trips from Barcelona based on how much time you have to spare. Visit closer destinations to save time and ensure you see as much as you can.
- A guided tour will cut down on your transportation costs and offer you the expertise of a guide to enhance your experience.
- If you’re planning a day trip from Barcelona in the autumn months of September - December you’ll find much fewer crowds and inexpensive accommodation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Day Trips from Barcelona
Sitges, Montjuic Hill, Girona are some of the best day trips from Barcelona.
Montjuic Hill, Sitges, Girona are some of the shortest day trips from Barcelona.
Sitges, Montjuic Hill are some of the best day trips from Barcelona for nature lovers.
Monsterrat, Girona are great destinations for day trips from Barcelona for art and history buffs.
Summer is the best time to take day trips from Barcelona because the weather is the most pleasant.
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