Day Trips from Barcelona
Barcelona is well located to visit the surrounding mountains, coast and historic cities in only a short journey. Find out where to go for day trips from Barcelona.
The beach town of Sitges, skiing in the mountains, the beautiful Costa Brava coast, Medieval towns, magical Montserrat and historic Girona … If you’re visiting Barcelona and have time to explore further than the Catalan capital then you’ll be surprised at how much you can see nearby in only a short trip. Here are our top tips of where to go.
The famous ‘wild coast’ is famous for its turquoise waters and cliffs and loves – perfect to explore hiking or to enjoy swimming in the warm water. You can take a train or bus from Barcelona and within only a couple of hours be in the heart of the northern coast, by famous Tossa del Mar or further towards the quieter resort towns such as Palamós and Sant Feliu de Guíxols. Each has its own charm and the coast is dotted with coves and beaches, so all you need to do is find your favorite one! If you have a car then you should visit the scenic former fishing village of Cadaqués, famous for resident Salvador Dali. This forms part of the beautiful Cap de Creus peninsula and the museum of his house is well worth the visit for any art fans.
Famous for the biggest carnival procession in Spain (and most fun!), Sites is a trendy beach town full of great restaurants, lots of gay friendly clubs and a lovely beach. It’s particularly scenic as it’s down the coast from Barcelona and framed by the Parc Natural del Garraf with high peaks and lovely coves. The seafront has lots of old mansions that give the town a historic feel and there are also plenty of art galleries and the local Maricel Museum and Cau Ferrat Museum for Spanish art. A great place to relax, eat, shop, or to party – and only 45 minutes by train from Barcelona!
Famous as a pilgrimage site and for the Virgin of Montserrat. Montserrat is set in the most stunning and mystical mountains in this flat plain. Visible for miles around, the mountain with the monastery on top rises straight from the ground. Here you can visit the Santa Maria de Montserrat Benedictine abbey and the famous Virgin of Montserrat. It’s also great for hiking and a picnic. You can take the train from Barcelona and a cable car to the top – find out how here.
This historic Roman city is only an hour from Barcelona by train but Girona has a completely different charm from Barcelona. Known throughout Spain for its cuisine (and the ‘World’s Number 1 Restaurant’), it’s recently hit the headlines for being a film location for the popular Game of Thrones television series. Situated in the mountains of the nearby National Park and on the beautiful River Onyar, Girona is famous also for it’s colorful buildings lining the river, its Roman walls of the Força Vella fortress, and the old Jewish Quarter (Barri Vell) which is one of the oldest areas of Medieval architecture in Spain. Take a day trip here to enjoy the history and gastronomy or stay and make the most of the nightlife and hikes in the surrounding countryside.
Stay at Equity Point Barcelona
If you’re visiting Barcelona and the surrounding sights in Catalonia then why not stay at one of our three hostels in Barcelona? We have Centric – in the heart of the shopping district, Gothic – in the old town, and Sea – right on the beach. Each has the facilities to provide you with a safe and comfortable stay. Find out about our hostels and book your bed here