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Top 5 Day Trips From Barcelona

Thursday, January 20th, 2011, 10:15 am

Have you seen everything in Barcelona or do you want some change? Get ready to see beyond Barcelona. Here are the TOP 5 day trip destinations from Barcelona.

1. Montserrat Monastery

Beauty of nature, culture and outdoor activity

Day trip from Barcelona to Montserrat Monastery

Montserrat Monastery is situated about 40 km from Barcelona. It was founded in the 9th century. Its location provides breathtaking vistas.

The day trip provides an excellent mixture of natural beauty, architecture, culture and outdoor activates.

Read more about Montserrat Monastery.

Take a look at these excellent 360 virtual tours of the monastery.

If you would like to spare the trouble of organizing this day trip, order you ticket here!

2. Girona

A pretty medieval city

Girona is located 90 km north of Barcelona (1 hour by train). The city is the capital of Girona province and a university town. It used to be an important intellectual center in medieval times. Many major Jewish thinkers lived here. The Jewish ghetto is something worth visiting in the city.

The city’s charm is due to the narrow, winding medieval streets, impressive gothic churches, cozy restaurants and cafés, and colorful houses along the River Ter. The city also boasts the best preserved Arab baths in Spain (Banys arabs).

Watch the following video to get a sense of what Girona has to offer:

Book your Girona trip here!

3. Port Aventura

The fun adventure

Spice up your Barcelona vacation with a day trip to this fun theme and water park. Both kids and adults will enjoy its crazy rollercoaster and slides. The park is next to Tarragona about 125 km form Barcelona.

This is an ideal day trip destination during the hot days of the Barcelona summer.

Would you ride this rollercoaster?

See the map of the park for all the rides

Book your tickets to Port Aventura!

4. Sitges

Miniature Ibiza

Day trip from Barcelona to Sitges

40 km down the coast, Sitges features the best beaches in the area. It used to be a small fishing village some time ago but became one of the most expensive towns in Spain. Its popularity began when wealthy Barcelonans discovered it as their summer residence some 100 years ago.

Villas, low-rise apartment blocks and hotels line now the promenade with palm trees and trendy bars and cafés.

The town also became one of the most gay-friendly places in the world.

The town is renowned for its fall Sitges International Film Festival dedicated to Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror films. The Carniva and the Feast of Corpus Christi when the streets are covered in carpets of flowers are both big draws to the city.

Book your Sitges trip here!

5. Figueres

Town of Salvador Dali

Day trip from Barcelona to Figueres

Figueres is a lovely small city some 100 km north of Barcelona. It is famous for being the birthplace of surrealist painter, Salvador Dali. The town gives home to the Dali Museum (Teatre Museu Gala Salvador Dalí) that was created by the artist himself.

Figueres is an ideal day trip destination from Barcelona that combines art with a visit to an atmospheric little town with nice restaurants and cafés.

Book your Figueres trip here!

And there are some more: we collected other fun Barcelona activities for you

Which day trip did you pick? Tell us in the comments

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