Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and it houses some amazing architectural gems like Park Güell and the Sagrada Familia. It is a charming Spanish city attracting plenty of tourists from all parts of the world. While Barcelona is filled with a wide range of fun and thrilling activities that you can try out, it is near other cities, making it the perfect place to base yourself for additional day trips. I loved taking a day to get out of the busyness of Barcelona and to head to the countryside.
This is the largest city in northern Catalonia and best places to head to from Barcelona. The highlight of the city is the ancient old town where you will find varieties of galleries, museums, and gothic architecture that you can explore. You should also make sure you visit the perfectly-preserved Jewish Quarter, locally known as Call. It’s surrounded by cobbled alleyways and low archways and is one of the lesser-known “Game of Thrones” filming locations.
This town is popularly known for its architecture, such as the lovely 18th-century Castell de Sant Ferran. It is a perfect destination for Barcelona day trips because of its rich culture and history. You make sure you don’t miss the popular theater-turned-museum called Teatre-Museu Dali and filled with unique artworks, statues, and sculptures. Make sure to explore the street-side cafes and the small Old Town surrounded by famous restaurants.
La Roca Shopping Village
This village is a great destination to go if you are looking for a different perspective while in the country. The village is a luxury shopping destination that was constructed in the 19th century modernist Catalan style. It is home to more than 100 stores and luxury brands where you can go shopping for cheap. There is also a wide range of top restaurants and lovely boutiques to explore while in the area.
Among the most mesmerizing coastlines in Europe, this fascinating Barcelona day trip is worth taking the time out from the city. You can start exploring by heading north around the coast-side highway and then to the picturesque town of Blanes. The route attracts both locals and tourists during the summer months. Make sure not to miss the highlight of the Tossa de Mar, with a mind-blowing lighthouse and picturesque views of the Mediterranean Sea.
The most iconic landmark in Catalonia is this incredible structure meaning “Saw Mountain.” The name makes sense since it features a jagged rock formation that looks like the teeth of a pointed saw blade. The famous monastery at the peak of the mountain houses the depiction of the Mare de Deu de Montserrat, or the Black Mother and Child, after which the structure of the monastery is named.
Vic and Rupit
There is no better place to enjoy the full cultural Catalan experience than the quintessentially Catalan village of Vic and Rupit. It offers a great escape from Barcelona while also featuring older architecture. At the center of Vic is the Placa Major surrounded by portico townhouses. This plaza also hosts a food market twice per week on Tuesdays and Saturdays where you can pick up a souvenir.
Tarragona known as the Barcelona without crowds. You have a number of well-preserved Roman ruins, including a full amphitheater that history buffs need to check out. You can easily get to the city by taking a train from Barcelona Sants for about an hour and is the perfect spot if you want to visit a beach that isn’t loaded with both tourist and locals.
Cadaques is a picturesque destination worth checking out if you have the time. Surrounded by whitewashed buildings contrasting the blue Mediterranean waves and sky, you’ve got a chance for Instagram-worthy pictures. This spot was an inspiration to Salvador Dali, whose former house in the town is now used as a labyrinthine museum.
Have you checked out any of these day trips from Barcelona?
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