Although it can be tempting to not move from the city due to its amazing sights and countless activities, everything isn’t just about Barcelona. There are tons of interesting and fun day trips that can be made around Barcelona. From visiting an old epic monastery, picturesque coastal towns or walking through Mediterranean vineyards, there’s something to suit all tastes.
If you feel like doing something a bit more special during your time here, fret not, as there are many options for you in the Barcelona surroundings. For this week’s feature we’ve drawn up the following list of the best excursions around Barcelona, especially suitable for day trips.
The best day trips from Barcelona
Our first feature on this list is no other than Montserrat. A great option if you’re looking to breathe some fresh air and want to see some imposing natural beauty, at only 40 kilometers from Barcelona. A bit of history: Montserrat mountain is traditionally considered Catalonia’s holiest spot. As such, it has been a place of worship since the ninth century, when the first monastery was built.
It remains an impressive sight to this day: a huge benedictine monastery at the base of a 800-meter high rocky mountain. You’ll quickly find out why this place inspires pilgrims and travelers alike to visit it all year round.
Besides, Montserrat is also a great excursion from Barcelona for the more sporty types. There many beautiful hiking trails and rock climbing spots around the mountain. Just remember to pack your lunch as there aren’t many restaurant options!
If you’re moving around in public transportation, Montserrat is very easy to get to. All you have to do is take the FGC train from the Plaça Espanya metro and train station. Also worth pointing out is that some of the best Barcelona apartments are conveniently located around this area.
The coastal town of Sitges
It doesn’t get much more picturesque than Sitges. A charming coastal town at only 40 kilometers south from downtown Barcelona with plenty of things to do all year round. For starters, this small town hosts the Sitges Film Festival year after year, one of Europe’s most prominent film festivals. There are also colorful buildings and opulent mansions to add to the unique Mediterranean charm of this small town.
Definitely a place to discover and spend the day. We highly recommend you to try their many restaurants specializing in freshly-caught seafood! One of the best excursions you can go on around Barcelona.
The Roman city of Tarragona
Next on our list is Tarragona, a city 80 kilometers south of Barcelona, and the capital of the province of the same name. Back in the day, this was the first and oldest Roman settlement in the Iberian peninsula and the city’s Roman heritage is palpable to this day. The archeological remains in Tarragona are actually considered UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the city can boast of having one of the best preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world.
Worthy of mention are also the remarkably beautiful beaches and coves found in this southern area of Catalonia, also known as the Golden Coast. There are just so many excuses to go on an excursion just a few kilometers south of Barcelona!
The vineyards of Vilafranca del Penedès
Our last excursion around Barcelona for today’s feature will take us to the vineyards of Vilafranca del Penedès. At only 40 kilometers from the city center, Vilafranca is a hub for the Catalonian wine industry. What’s interesting is that the wineries in this region offer guided tours through their different vineyards and processing centers.
In the town of Vilafranca you’ll find the Antoni Mascaró and Pinord Vins i Caves wineries, which are open to the public. Other options are Caves Heretat Mas Tinell, on the road out towards Pacs, while Bodegues Miquel Torres has a visitor center on the outskirts of town.
If you’re interested in discovering the transformation of grapes into wine, this is the excursion for you!