Day Trips from Barcelona

Barcelona is a great hub for visiting other interesting destinations in Catalonia. Here is a list of some of the places we've visited and what to do there.

Monserrat

‘Monserrat’ means serrated in Catalan, which all makes sense once you see this jagged mountain.   This mountain has outstanding views and a breath-taking landscape, making it worth every idea of visiting it from Barcelona, especially at only an hour’s train ride away.   This is an important stop for pilgrims from all over the world, 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!

Montserrat Spain

Tarragona

Just an hour away is this unspoilt city, famous for its Roman remains, winding alleys and beautiful beaches.  If you are a fan of old towns, Tarragona is definitely a place you will want to visit and once arrived, you will find yourself immersed in the Roman history and architecture.   Tarragona is quite a small city so all the Roman remains can be reached by foot but 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 cheap trains run from Barcelona Estacion de Francia, heading right along the coast.  Grab a seat on the left hand side to enjoy the amazing coastline!

Tarragona Spain

Sitges

Sitges is a lively beach town, 30mins south of Barcelona.  This town is full of quaint streets and buildings alike.  Most places you look are 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 and the nightlife is worth a visit.  Sitges is also known as the gay capital of Europe so for those looking for great LGBT venues, Sitges is the place for you!

Sitges Spain

Salou

Salou is home to Portuventura, the biggest Theme Park in Spain and Costa Caribe, which holds the record for the 2nd tallest waterslide in Europe and Ferrari Land.   The advantage to these 3 attractions is that they are all located in the same place so it makes for an easy day out.  If a high level of adrenaline isn’t for you, Salou does have a stunning promenade and easy access to cove beaches.  For those looking for a thrill, this is a must-see town.  Full of world records, aside from the above, you will also be able to tick the tallest and fastest rollercoasters in Europe off your bucketlist!

Salou Spain

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