8 Best Day Trips from Barcelona

Day trips from Barcelona are the best way to discover all Catalonia has to offer. Many of the city’s surrounding towns and villages are well worth a visit, each unique in their own way, and many are accessible by public transport.

With summer officially upon us, escape the hustle and bustle of the city and bask in the tranquility on the coast, in the mountains or in quaint villages.

From discovering Catalonia’s medieval past, exploring some of the most beautiful beaches on the Costa Brava, to trying typical Catalan cuisine in charming squares, we’ve got you covered for a whole range of day trips from Barcelona.

Cadaqués

This stunning fisherman’s village is home to whitewashed houses and narrow cobbled streets. Called the most beautiful part of the world by Dalí himself, here you’ll find the artist’s house-museum, where he lived with his wife Gala.

This day trip from Barcelona takes around 2 and half hours by car, yet parking spots are limited, so get there early!

Check out our complete guide to a day trip to Cadaqués from Barcelona here for more tips on what to do and see.

Day trips from Barcelona - Cadaqués
Day trips from Barcelona – Cadaqués

Calella de Palafrugell

Calella de Palafrugell has managed to conserve the charming essence of a sleepy fisherman’s town on the shores of the Mediterranean, and this day trip from Barcelona is reached by bus (Sarfa) until Palafrugell. From Palafrugell to Calella you should take another bus.

After taking a refreshing dip in one of its hidden coves, why not try the tasty rice dish of arros caldós at El Didal, with a stunning terrace that overlooks the shoreline. Then take a stroll through its winding streets as you shop for souvenirs or for yourself.

Looking for the perfect end to the perfect day? Grab a delicious ice cream at L’Enriqueta Gelateria in the Sant Roc “Cala” as you watch the sun setting over the bay.

day trips from barcelona - day trip to calella de palafrugell
Day trips from Barcelona – Calella de Palafrugell

Sitges

Another great day trip from Barcelona is the bustling town of Sitges. Only 40 minutes from the city by train, which stops at Estació de França, Sants and Passeig de Gràcia.

Sitges is well known for being a LGTBI destination and its world-famous nightlife. Don’t miss Carrer del Pecat for a rather sinful tipple, frequented by Dalí and Picasso.

At the heart of Sitges is a great deal of history and culture. Discover its fine examples of modernist and colonial architecture, visit its many museums and beautiful churches, or head there in the month of October to catch its famous film festival.

Read more about this great day trip from Barcelona here

Day trips from Barcelona - Sitges
Day trips from Barcelona – Sitges

Tossa de Mar

Another essential day trip from Barcelona is the beautiful seaside town of Tossa de Mar.

The first thing you’ll notice about Tossa de Mar is its stunning castle overlooking the bay. The short walk up is definitely worth the beautiful views at the top. What’s more, a stroll through its charming old quarter with cobbled streets, stairs, viewpoints, churches, hidden squares and more, can’t be missed.

Tossa de Mar has it all – in addition to is main beach and the Platja de la Mar Menuda, there’s also the hidden rocky Codolar cove, which is the most picturesque of all.  Also, don’t leave without trying the local dish of cod in a spicy tomato sauce, ­cim i tomba.

Day trip from Barcelona -  Tossa de Mar
Day trip from Barcelona – Tossa de Mar

Montserrat

The mysterious mountain of Montserrat, named after its jagged appearance, makes for a perfect day trip from Barcelona. Cloaked in myth and legend, it has revered by many as a site of spiritual pilgrimage since 1200.

Steeped in history and natural beauty, here you can visit the Benedictine Monastery of Santa María de Montserrat and the Monsterrat Museum, go for hikes in the beautiful surrounding national park and to the pilgrimage site of Santa Cova, and discover its 15 chapels.

From Barcelona, it’s easy to reach the base of the mountain by public transport and then take the cable car or cremallera train to the top.

Discover how to make the most of your day trip to Monsterrat in our article here.

Day trip from Barcelona - Montserrat
Day trip from Barcelona – Montserrat

Girona

Travel back in time on a day trip from Barcelona to this picturesque town. Be sure to stroll through its old quarter and visit its spectacular cathedral – which might look familiar to Game of Thrones fans – and the Sant Feliu Basilica, in addition to the medieval city walls, the Arabic baths and the charming Jewish quarter.

Before getting the train back to the city, don’t miss the colourful houses along the banks of the River Onyar

Day trip from Barcelona - Day trip to Girona
Day trip from Barcelona – Day trip to Girona

Besalú

Thirty kilometres from Girona lies the quaint town of Besalú. Dating back to the 10th century, it is home to a castle-fortress, churches, monasteries and stone city walls.

Top on your list of things to see has to be the emblematic 12th-century medieval bridge, which is the perfect spot to take stunning photographs. Only an hour and a half by car, don’t miss this day trip from Barcelona.

Day trip from Barcelona - Day trip to Besalú
Day trip from Barcelona – Besalú

Rupit

Last but not least, is the medieval village of Rupit. Nestled in a rich green valley in Osona, you’ll never want to leave this hidden gem.

Perfect for a quiet day trip from Barcelona, cross its famous rope bridge, walk its steep cobbled streets lined with stone houses – the most famous being Carrer del Fossar – and enjoy a drink in its quaint Plaça Major. We hope you enjoy these day trips from Barcelona as much as we do! Let us know which is your favourite.

Day trip from Barcelona - Day trip to Rupit
Day trip from Barcelona – Rupit

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The 10 best Barcelona attractions you can’t miss

The 10 best Barcelona attractions that you can’t miss during your visit to the city are finally here! We’ve done all the hard work so you can sit back and enjoy your trip to one of Europe’s top city break destinations.

Culture, food, history, sport, and more. Barcelona does have it all – but how can decide when it comes to planning your trip?

As locals of Barcelona, we’ve drawn up a list of the best the city has to offer based on our articles on our blog and our favourite things to do in the city. From exploring its wondrous examples of architecture, getting lost in its streets steeped in history and trying the best tapas on the culinary scene, we’ve got you covered by the way of the best Barcelona attractions.

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Best Barcelona Attractions

1. Sagrada Família

A trip to Barcelona wouldn’t be complete without stepping inside this masterpiece by Antoni Gaudí, which he began in the year 1883. With nothing like this Barcelona attraction anywhere else in the world, you’ll be left awestruck by the details of its magnificent façade and the stained-glass windows of its light-filled interior. Remember to check out our interesting facts about the Sagrada Família before visiting.

2. Les Rambles

We’re sure you’ve heard of this famed Barcelona attraction. This tree-lined avenue replete with restaurants, bars, shops, street artists and more starts at Plaça Catalunya and ends at the Columbus Monument by the port. As you stroll down, don’t miss the renowned Liceu Opera House or the Canaletes fountain.

3. Mercat de la Boqueria

This colourful, vibrant food market is an unmissable stop on any trip to Barcelona. Browse stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat and an array of local products from wine, cured and pickled products, and more. Get there early to beat the crowds. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, our spacious 3-bedroom MACCA apartment is only a 2-minute walk away.

4. The Gothic Quarter

Every corner of every street in this central area of Barcelona is steeped in history. Discover Barcelona’s Roman past, its neo-Gothic cathedral and the history of the Plaça de Sant Felip Neri. Check out our guide to the city’s old quarter to discover these Barcelona attractions and more in the Gothic Quarter.

5. Casa Batlló

Another of Gaudí’s masterpieces is this effervescent house by the master of Catalan modernist architecture himself. Its fantasy-like design inspired by nature is sure to win you over. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located on Passeig de Gràcia among luxury stores including Chanel, Gucci, Prada, and more.

6. Montjuïc Magic Fountain

This spectacular show combining water, music and lights every evening at 8:00pm is another essential Barcelona attraction. It’s the perfect end to a day in the city and if you’re travelling with kids they’re sure to be amazed!

7. Parc Güell

Located to the north of the city overlooking its streets and with stunning views of the surrounding coastline and mountains is one of our favourite Barcelona attractions. Tucked away in nature, Parc Güell designed by Gaudí is like something out of a fairytale. Don’t miss its exquisite tiling design and famed dragon sculpture.

If you still haven’t got your fill of Gaudí, don’t miss our guide to the buildings he designed in Barcelona.

8. Parc del Laberint d’Horta

This secret maze is perfect for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a moment of tranquility on their trip to Barcelona. Get lost in this enchanting green maze and explore its historical gardens. Perfect for a midday picnic or an afternoon stroll. Discover more green spaces in Barcelona to reconnect with nature.

9. El Born

The neighbourhood of El Born, alongside “El Barri Gòtic”, makes for a perfect day exploring the true essence of the city. Brimming with many Barcelona attractions, don’t miss the Picasso Museum, the impressive Basilica Santa Maria del Mar and the wonder that is the historical Palau de Música. Find out more about this beautiful part of the city thanks to our complete guide on things to do and see in El Born.

10. El Camp Nou

Football fans around the world flock to the city every year to visit one of the most popular Barcelona attractions. Yes, we’re talking about the Camp Nou football grounds. Visit the world’s third largest stadium to discover its museum, trophy room, dressing room and more. Read more about visiting the home of this all-star team on our blog.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of the top 10 best Barcelona attractions!

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When is the best time to visit Barcelona?

The best time to visit Barcelona, in our opinion, is all year round! Thanks to its gorgeous climate, even in the winter it’s a beautiful city to be in. With mild daytime and nighttime temperatures, you’ll be pushed to find a city so amazingly ideal for a weekend getaway.

However, if your schedule is flexible and you can choose any season of the year to come, we’d have to admit that the best time to visit Barcelona is the summer. From May to October you can enjoy more hours of sunlight; think long summer days that seem to last forever spent relaxing at the beach, refreshing nights with street parties and meals under the stars and, of course, sunrises and sunsets that will take your breath away.

To all this you can add a million and one activities as the city of Barcelona comes alive with summer plans for that suit all tastes, schedules and budgets.

If this sounds like the best time to visit Barcelona to you, keep on reading. Here are 8 summer activities that you won’t be able to resist.

Best time to visit Barcelona

Celebrate the arrival of summer with fireworks

The night of the 23rd June marks the celebration of Sant Joan and the Summer Solstice, one of the biggest events on the Catalan calendar. If partying on the beach under the lights of the starts and fireworks sounds like your thing, then this is definitely the best time to visit Barcelona for you! Read more about this traditional festivity here.

Hit the city’s beaches

Barcelona is famous for its nine beaches spanning almost 5 km along coastline. So, of course, we think that the best time to visit Barcelona is the summer, as it is when you can truly make the most of these stunning sandy shores from sunrise to sunset. Check out our complete guide to Barcelona beaches for more information when planning your next beach holiday in the city.

Dance until dawn at Barcelona’s Festes Majors

Many of the city’s Festes Majors (city parties) are held during the summer months, making it without a doubt the best time to visit Barcelona. Discover Catalan traditions like correfocs (fire runs) and castellers (human towers) at some of the biggest celebrations of the year in the neighbourhoods of Sants, Poble Sec and the Gothic Quarter. Steeped in tradition and local community, at these festivals you’ll find locals and tourists of all ages enjoying live music, local food, hand-made products and, of course, a good dance! Check out our article on one of the biggest of these events held in August: the Festa Major de Gràcia.

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Sing along at a music festival

June until August means one thing for music lovers in Barcelona: it’s festival season, i.e. the best time to visit Barcelona! A favourite among indie fans, Primavera Sound kicks off the summer at Parc del Fòrum. Combining creativity, music and culture, there’s the Sonar Festival bringing electronic music and art to the city. Not forgetting Festival Cruïlla with its eclectic mix of artists from pop legends to classic indie groups and Festival Jardins Pedralbes in a truly magical setting.

Catch your favourite movie at Sala Montjuïc

If you’re in Barcelona in July, you’ll be able to enjoy what is one of the most-awaited events of the summer. Watch classic movies and the newest Oscar-winning films at the outdoor cinema in the grounds of the Montjuïc castle during what is possibly the best time to visit Barcelona. Grab a picnic and a blanket and relax under the stars.

Experience La Mercè (Festa Major de Barcelona)

One of the biggest festivals of the year, La Mercè unites music, culture and art, in this yearly celebration in September, making this month the best time to visit Barcelona. As the summer heat wanes, hit the streets to enjoy a range of free events throughout the city, including live music, workshops for kids and the magical closing ceremony (the Piromusical) in Plaça Espanya. Find out more about the fantastic cultural festival that is La Mercè here.

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Have a drink on a rooftop bar or terrace

Bask in the beautiful summer climate on a rooftop with amazing views of the Barcelona cityscape, sea and surrounding mountains or terraces lapped by the waves as the cool sea breeze rustles your hair. Discover our guide to the top 10 bars and terraces to enjoy what we believe is the best time to visit Barcelona!

Bag a bargain at Barcelona’s outdoor markets

Food trucks serving delicious street food, pop-up stalls selling handmade gifts and second-hand clothes, and live music concerts by the newest bands… yes, it’s the best time to visit Barcelona! Discover the city’s summer weekend markets of Palo Alto, Two Market at Nau Bostik, and Fleadonia.

These are just some of the reasons why summer is the best time to visit Barcelona! We’re looking forward to welcoming you here.

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