It’s quite normal if we’re travelling for a fairly long period to get fed up of the city we’re visiting, and it is also enriching to find out a bit more about the area’s culture, sites and nature. Sometimes you can find great spots if you look a bit further. This is why today we’d like to suggest 5 day trips outside Barcelona. It that takes less than an hour to get there.
This magical mountain is barely half an hour from Barcelona by train and is probably one of the most visited. This Catalan symbol offers spectacular shapes in the rock that have been formed during centuries. At the top we can visit the Santa Maria de Montserrat sanctuary and museum, where we can admire the “black virgin” or “la Moreneta”, a depiction of Virgin Mary with baby Jesus which has dark features.
Train: Get the R5 Train in direction to Manresa at Plaça Espanya to the Montserrat stop
Car: Get the Autovía B-23 and A-2, Barcelona – Lleida ( Montserrat exit); get the BP-1103 road to Montserrat.
This picturesque town is also a quick train trip away. If you’re fed up of the crowded Barcelona beaches, this is the perfect alternative to sunbathe in a gorgeous bay often compared to Saint Tropez beaches. Moreover, you can take a walk along its narrow romantic streets full of Mediterranean houses and spot the modernist heritage left by Catalan artists in the early twentieth century.
If you’re a fan of films, at the beginning of October the city hosts an International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival which is well worth going.
Train: At Sants station get line 2 of Rodalies Renfe in direction Sant Vicenç de Calders
Bus: Catch the Monbus at Ronda Universitat 33
Car: The easiest way is to get the c-32 toll road and get off at exits 31 or 32
The theme park is just over an hour away if you count the special train that takes you directly to the park from Tarragona. This massive theme park is great for both children and adults; it has different settings inspired by various parts of the world such as Polynesia, China, Mexico … There you’ll be able to enjoy many live shows, white knuckle rides and plenty of cafés and restaurants to relax. By the theme park there is also a water park that opens in the summer if you’re planning to go there on a boiling day.
Train: At Sants Station get the Rodalies Renfe train to Tarragona and catch the special train at the Tarragona station to the park
Car: Get the AP-7 toll road to Salou and follow signs for the theme park
This city facing the Mediterranean is a must see for history-loving people. Once one of the most important Roman settlements in the Iberian Peninsula centuries ago, this city still has lots of its Roman monuments still standing: from the roman circus, walls to an impressive amphitheater. Walking along Tarragona’s old town is stumbling upon ancient ruins, even in some of its restaurants you can eat between Roman walls.
Another perk of the city is its long beaches such as l’Arrabassada or Platja Llarga.
Train: At Sants Station get the Rodalies Renfe train to Tarragona
Car: Get the AP-7 toll road to Tarragona
Located in the heart of the Natural Park of Montseny, this sanctuary is the most beautiful place to end an excursion across the Montseny Mountain from the villages of Bigues or Riells. The Romanesque sanctuary was built in a rock and features an impressive waterfall. It’s surrounded by the rocky cliffs of Cingles de Bertí, a place that trekking fans will surely enjoy.
Bus: Every sunday, Sagalés bus company has a bus trip to Sant Miquel del Fai. For more information call: 902 13 00 14
Car: Briefly catch AP-7 to Girona and C-33. Get off at exit 1 to Mollet del Vallés to get on the C-59 to Sant Quirze Safaja and follow signs to monastery