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Day Trips from Barcelona

Barcelona is an amazing city in its own right. However, it is also a great hub for visiting other interesting destinations within Catalonia. We're here to help you decide where you'd like to venture out of the city to.  Thus, here is a list of some of the top places we've visited, as well as what to do in them.

Monserrat

‘Monserrat’ means serrated in Catalan, which all makes sense once you set your eyes on this jagged mountain.   Undoubtedly, Monserrat has outstanding views and a breath-taking landscape.  Therefore, it makes it very worth the journey out of Barcelona! Especially with it only being an hour’s train ride away.   In fact, this is an important stop for pilgrims from all over the world! Thus they'll be found visiting the monastery perched up top, which houses the Black Madonna and 150 practising monks.  Whether you are religious or just along for the ride, 3 million people per year agree this is a worthy trip.  Also a great place for hikes!

Image of a Terracota building with mountains in the background

Tarragona

Just an hour away is this beautiful unspoilt city.  Tarragona is famous for its Roman remains, winding alleys and gorgeous beaches.  It should be noted that if you are a fan of old towns, Tarragona is definitely a place you will want to visit! Due to the fact that once you arrive, you will find yourself immersed in Roman history and architecture.   Tarragona is quite a small city so all the Roman remains can be reached by foot.  However, a fun way to make your way around and hear all about the history at the same time is via their Hop On Hop Off tourist train.  Frequent and inexpensive trains run from Barcelona Estacion de Francia, heading right along the coast.  Also, make sure you grab a seat on the left-hand side to enjoy the amazing coastline!

Image on roman remains in Tarragona Spain

Sitges

Sitges is a lively beach town, only 30 mins south of Barcelona.  This town is full of quaint streets and buildings alike.  Whatever you lay your eyes on it Stiges seems ready for a photo opportunity!  There are, of course, beaches in Barcelona but if you fancy a change of scenery, the beaches are fabulous here.  Also, the nightlife is definitely worth a visit alone.  As well as this, Sitges is also known as the gay capital of Europe. Therefore, those looking for great LGBTQ+ venues, Sitges is the place for you!

Statue of man smoking a pipe with church steeple in the background

Salou

Salou is home to PortAventura, the biggest Theme Park in Spain! Alongside Costa Caribe, which holds the record for the 2nd tallest waterslide in Europe. Oh, and also Ferrari Land!  The advantage of these 3 attractions is that they are all located in close vicinity to each other.  Therefore, it makes for an easy day out.  However, if a high level of adrenaline isn’t for you, Salou does have a stunning promenade and easy access to cove beaches.  Without a doubt, for those looking for a thrill, this is a must-see town.  Aside from the above world records, you will also be able to tick the tallest and fastest rollercoasters in Europe off your bucket list!

Image of roller coasters in a theme park

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