Boasting an average of 7 million+ tourists a year, it comes as no surprise that the sights and attractions in Barcelona are seemingly endless. But whether you need a change of pace, or wish to explore Catalonia culture further, nearby getaways have you covered with the best day trips from Barcelona.
Best Day Trips From Barcelona:
Vall De Nuria
Exactly two hours north of Barcelona, Vall De Nuria, sits in a picturesque valley seated below the Pyrenees. Rent a car and ride the C-17 in a straight line or hop the R3 train line from Placa de Catalunya to Ribes de Freser (with connecting mountain railway up to Vall de Nuria) to check out this photographer’s dream.
A top-notch ski-resort in the winter, and horseback riding, hiking, and boating in the warmer months – Vall de Nuria has it all. Don’t forget your camera!
A social butterfly’s paradise, Sitges never gets boring. Progressive and multicultural, this seaside town has great beaches and a booming nightlife. Famous for seafood, Sitges has amazing cuisine – especially if you know where to look.
Avoid the restaurants right on the beach (except for Picnic, highly recommended!), instead try to go in a little and explore the numerous eateries the town has to offer.
Since it’s only a little over a half hour away from Barcelona, you can stick around after dinner – because most of the streets near the beach turn into parties after 11 p.m.!
Our Suggested Guide to Visiting Spain
Our suggested travel guide to Spain’s roadways, restaurants, attractions and more is the Lonely Planet Spain (Travel Guide)
Girona is a history-lover’s paradise.
Explore the restored Roman walls and fortifications or the 14th century Gothic church as Girona transports you to another time.
This is a walking lover’s city, due to the mostly cobble-stone streets – there are few cars. This sets a quiet backdrop to relax and explore the city.
If you arrive on Saturday morning you’ll find the street market where cheap goods and crafts can be purchased.
The farthest trip on the list, Costa Brava, is located 2.5 hours away from Barcelona, but if you decide to make the venture – it will be well worth the trip.
Apart of National Geographics “Best Trips of 2012”, it’s no wonder this famous beach-town made the list.
Sandy beaches, quiet villages, and popular museums make this trip a must. The best beaches to check out are: Tamariu, a family favorite; and Sa Caleta, an unspoiled beach with a medieval castle overlooking it!
Due to it’s distance from Barcelona, it’s suggested a car rental is the best mode of transport.
Tarragona is a one-stop-shop where history meets leisure.
The old Spanish capitol of the Roman Empire, Tarragona, is filled with amazing historical sites and wonderous architecture. It also includes one of the best, and well preserved, ampitheaters in all of Europe!
If history isn’t your thing, check out of the many pristine beaches or shop the local stores.
This trip is an easy one with numerous trains running everyday from Barcelona to Tarragona, taking only about an hour one way.