If you live in Barcelona or plan to visit the capital of Catalonia, this great city is an ideal starting point for great day trips to Catalonia and the northwest of Spain.

From picturesque and ideal beaches, vineyards and snowy peaks, Barcelona is easily accessible and you can stay in the city for weeks and visit new places every day.

Here are the 40 best day trips in Barcelona, from small country trips to epic day trips to picturesque mountain villages:

40 best day trips from Barcelona, from short trips to Catalan mountain villages and beaches to national parks and great Spanish cities.

Short trips from Barcelona

1. Montserrat Monastery

Sunny view of the Monastery of Montserrat - a short distance from Barcelona

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If you are in Barcelona and have a day off, the Monastery of Montserrat is the place to visit. Nestled in the mountains, a few minutes drive from the center of Barcelona, it is an active monastery of 70 monks.

In the 11th. Centuries based, were in the 19. and 20. In the course of the century many monasteries have been rebuilt. You can go up by cable car or use the cable car to reach the highest point of the Catalan plain.

There is something to see inside – the monastery is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on weekends it closes at 8 p.m. The museum presents a fantastic collection of works of art by Dali, Picasso, El Greco and others.

From the station Plaza España in Barcelona you can take the train to the monastery. You can get all-inclusive tickets, covering the entrance ticket and lunch, for about 50 euros per person. The till closes this afternoon, so you have to go to the station in the morning.

Whether on the road or on the train, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains and landscapes as you get closer.

The museum and the throne of the Virgin Mary close a little early, so don’t skip your trip for a late day.

Distance from Barcelona: 38 miles

Travel time: 1 hour

2. Colony of Guel

The unfinished church Colonia Guell near Barcelona.

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Hotel Colonia Güell is located near Barcelona, in the industrial village of Santa Coloma de Cervello. If, like us, you don’t know what an industrial village is, then Eusebi Güel built his textile factory here, with housing for the workers, a school, a church, shops and everything a small community needs.

Guell was the first to be born at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. He was an entrepreneur at the beginning of the 20th century and worked intensively with the famous Antonio Gaudi.

The village project was eventually abandoned, but you can still visit it, and much of it has been preserved to this day.

The main attraction is the unfinished church – Gaudi’s grandiose plan to build a non-conformist church for the local settlements. Because Guel’s silver has run out, only the crypt and the lower parts of the facade have been completed, but for the architecture inside it is still worth taking a look.

From Placa Spain there are local trains if you want to use public transport instead of the car. By public transport you can get there in 40 minutes, making the journey easy and short.

Distance from Barcelona: 11 miles

Travel time: 30 minutes

3. PortAventura Park

The amusement park Port Aventura is a great way to take a day trip from Barcelona with your family.

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The PortAventura park in Salou, south of Tarragona, is Spain’s most visited theme park and is a great way to spend a day when staying in Barcelona.

It takes just over an hour by car or you can take the train – the PortAventura Park is so big that it has its own station!

There are several epic roller coasters, including the Dragon Khan, which until recently held the world record for the highest vertical loop height and most inversions. Then there is Shambhala (speed up to 134 km/h) and Furius Bako (up to 135 km/h) and many other great attractions.

Oh, come on. You have the allure of Furius Bako. Is that a cool name?

In addition to the big attractions, there is lots of fun and games for the kids and the whole family – I first visited them when I was little. So if you’re in Barcelona in the summer, I strongly recommend you go.

Other parks, including Ferrari World and Aquatic Park, are also located on the same site. I suggest you go to the main attraction – there’s something to do!

While the park is usually open until 7 p.m., in July and August the attractions are open until midnight, and on public holidays the closing time can even be up to 2 a.m..

Distance from Barcelona: 69 miles

Driving time: 1 hour 20 minutes

4. Monastery St. Cugat

Benedictine monastery built in Romanesque style in Sant Cugat, Spain

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This former monastery was once the most important and powerful monastery in the surroundings of Barcelona. The monastery was founded in the 9th century. Most of the monastery was founded in the 14th century. It was built on the ruins of the church where St. Kugat was buried and got his name.

The Monastery of Sant Cugat is located a few kilometers from Barcelona and has great medieval architecture.

The church is very well preserved and represents a classic combination of Romanesque and Gothic style.

The monastery consists of several parts open to the public, including the abbot’s palace, the main corridor and the exterior walls of the monastery.

Distance from Barcelona: 12 miles

Travel time: 30 minutes

5. Badalona

Oil pedestrian bridge in Badalona, Catalonia, Spain

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We can guess, but Badalona is closely linked to Barcelona. In fact, it has become a northeastern suburb of Barcelona and shares most of its culture.

You can get to Badalona by train or metro. Even if you have a rental car, it’s better to leave it and take public transport, which is faster, cheaper and more relaxing.

Badalona is a nice neighborhood that specializes in art. For a long time it served as the industrial part of Barcelona’s cultural and tourist centre, but everything has changed.

One of the best activities is a walk across the Petrol Bridge – it’s not exactly a bridge, but rather a pier protruding 250 metres into the sea. It used to be an unloading installation for tankers, but in 2009 it was converted for pedestrians.

Distance from Barcelona: 7 miles

Travel time: 25 minutes

6 Winery DO Penedes – Bodegas Torres

Vineyard in the wine region of Penedes, Catalonia, Spain

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Catalonia has many different wine regions, and Cava is close to Barcelona, but we recommend you get a little closer to the lesser known but no less impressive vineyards of Penedes.

The Penedes region has almost 3000 winegrowers, but it is easily accessible by car from Barcelona.

Like all Catalan wines, they are called Denominación de Origen (DO), followed by the region, which is why these wines are called DO Penedes.

One of the most famous wineries in the region is Bodegas Torres. They also work in several other regions of Spain and are known all over the world for their Torres wines.

If you want more local experience, there is a wide choice of small wineries. Many of them offer guided tours and sell you their products.

Distance from Barcelona: 38 miles

Travel time: 45 minutes

7. Lloret de Mar

The bay of Lloret de Mar is the ideal beach day to arrive from Barcelona.

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Just an hour’s drive from Barcelona is Lloret de Mar, a typical Catalan seaside resort.

Lloret de Mar is just the beach. Lloret beach stretches all over the city and offers a sandy refuge away from the busy streets of the Catalan capital.

You can spend the day relaxing under an umbrella or enjoy the various water activities on offer. You can have lunch in one of the many cafes across the street.

If you want to go for a walk, there are several large bays that can only be reached via the coastal path. The beach can be very crowded in summer, especially at weekends. If you’re looking for a little rest, it’s a good idea to go a little further. You will notice that in each bay fewer and fewer people offer a more relaxed environment.

Distance from Barcelona: 46 miles

Travel time: 1 hour

8. Tossa de Mar

The fortress Villa Vella and the bay of Badia de Tossa in Tossa de Mar on the Costa Brava.

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Tossa de Mar is a little further along the coast of Lloret de Mar, the more relaxed and pessimistic sister of Lloret de Mar.

It has a large old town with cobbled streets and picturesque mountains overlooking from behind.

The seaside resort is known for hosting Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, a cult film released in 1950 that put Tossa de Mar on the map.

Tossa de Mar has 14 km of beach, which means that if you look closely you will find a place with sand that suits your needs and desires.

It is one of the best combinations of beach and culture on the Costa Brava, so it is definitely worth coming from Barcelona if you have a day off.

Distance from Barcelona: 54 miles

Driving time: 1 hour 20 minutes

9. Cala Fonda (Waikiki beach)

The secret beach of Cala Fonda in Tarragona, Spain, one hour from Barcelona.

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A few kilometers from Tarragona is Cala Fonda, known as Waikiki beach. This beach is named after the Honolulu area, which is named after the Hawaiian islands because of its pristine views and the sense of beauty of a bay.

Surrounded by limestone cliffs, Cala Fonda beach is a 200-metre-long sandy beach that seems to have remained untouched by civilization. But with a day trip from Barcelona you’ll be there in just over an hour!

To preserve authenticity and privacy, there is nothing but a strange warning sign on the beach. You must bring an umbrella, snacks and drinks and transport them from the Platja de Larga car park in Tarragona.

Distance from Barcelona: 57 miles

Driving time: 1 hour 20 minutes

10. La Garrotcha Volcanic Zone Natural Park

The volcanic zone of La Garrotcia and the natural park of Mount Santa Margarida, Spain

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The Garrotcha volcanic area is a large natural park that surrounds Mount Santa Margarida.

When approaching the park there are several parking lots with signs – make sure you park in the designated parking lot.

Although the Natural Park of La Garrotxa is fully open to visitors with good maps and paths, it is almost completely private. This means that you must be careful not to throw garbage, make any noise or take stones or wild animals as a souvenir.

Because there are many great historic towns and villages in the area, you may want to get up early and walk in the mountains before it gets hot. You can then have a bite to eat in Figueres, Castelfallit de la Roca or Besala (see 3 below).

Distance from Barcelona: 70 miles

Driving time: 1 hour 30 minutes

11. Cami-Dels bone houses

Lake Cort de Pegera in the Pyrenees, Catalonia.

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The Houses of Cami dels Bons is a route through the foothills of the Pyrenees, followed by the Qatari people who escaped persecution in France some 800 years ago.

Today it is a great hiking trail with beautiful mountain views, fresh air and as much time as you can walk.

We do not recommend driving the whole distance – it will take a few days! But you can drive from Barcelona to Peger and walk in this area. In this area there are many trees and difficult climbs, which is a good day for the whole family.

Distance from Barcelona: 82 miles

Driving time: 1 hour 45 minutes

12. Andorra

View of the valley of Andorra la Vella from the surrounding mountains

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The trip to Andorra from Barcelona to Andorra is a short day trip, but it is also possible if you leave early. Or why don’t you rent a hotel and spend the weekend with him?

It is relatively easy to get to Andorra, with good roads and good signage all the way from Barcelona. A good place to stop along the way is a small village called Baga, full of beautiful stone buildings and fantastic mountain views. Beware, winter can be very cold and snowy, so make sure you and your car are ready!

Andorra la Vella is the highest city of skyscrapers in Europe, but most sites can be visited in a few hours. There are a few interesting museums in the area, and if you like shopping, you can buy duty-free items here. But don’t get too excited – there aren’t many shops, so if you’re not looking for something mainstream, you might not have any luck.

One of the nice things to do when you come to Andorra for a day is hiking – the surrounding mountains offer many excellent hiking trails and you can get excellent guides at the tourist office.

Distance from Barcelona: 123 miles

Travel time: 2 hours 42 minutes

13. Kova Meravellis (Caves of Benifalle)

Maravilla Caves - Benifalle, Spain

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The caves of Benifalle are located in the mountains, just 2 hours from Barcelona. A trip to the caves can be difficult, because you’ll encounter narrow mountain roads, but the view more than makes up for it.

These caves were discovered in 1967 and have impressive stalactites, stalagmites and all kinds of other cave formations. The caves are closed for the siesta from 13.15 to 16.00, so don’t wait for your visit during the hot part of the day!

These caves seem to have many different names – Covas Meravelles, Benifallet and Las Cuevas Maravillas, in case you get lost and want to ask for directions!

Distance from Barcelona: 113 miles

Travel time: 2 hours 20 minutes

14. Cabrera d’Anoya Business

The waterfalls of Cabrera d’Anoya are less popular than many other walks of this type. If you are taking a trip to the mountain waterfalls this is a good option and not too far from Barcelona for a day trip.

The trip around the waterfalls takes about 3 hours. You should park on the Canalet and follow the road to the waterfalls Sol dels Chapelan, Sol del Cargol, Sol dels Kuks and Sol de la Mala Dona.

The Anoia valleys are an area of natural interest and you will find this walk very refreshing because of the greenery and rocks of these hills.

Distance from Barcelona: 41 miles

Travel time: 1 hour

15. Tarragona

Amphitheatre of the Roman city of Tarraco, now Tarragona in Spain, located on the coast.

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The city of Tarragona is often overlooked when visiting Spain, but this historic city is just an hour’s drive away, making it ideal for a day trip from Barcelona.

The Roman amphitheatre is located in a beautiful spot, directly on the beach, and is a must during a walk in Tarragona.

To download the Roman architecture there is a huge aqueduct (Pont del Diable) in the immediate vicinity of the city, near the junction of the highway where you stop – it is really worth a stop because it is a spectacle and the aqueduct is still in very good condition.

Tarragona is full of spectacular beaches. If you want to combine a street walk with sunbathing, you can choose from several exceptional places. But because they can be very busy, you might want to take a separate trip to the beach, a little further away from the hustle and bustle.

It is very easy to reach Tarragona from Barcelona: you just drive along the coast via Sitges, which is a good option compared to the toll road further inland. You can also take the train – there is a good up and down line, so if you don’t want to take the risk from the centre of Tarragona, this may be a good choice.

Distance from Barcelona: 62 miles

Driving time: 1 hour 15 minutes

16. Seats

Sitges, located south of Barcelona, is a coastal town with many sandy beaches and a lively nightlife. Sitges has a historic centre with many very decent restaurants, but in recent years it has become a party town – there is even Sin Street with many bars and clubs and a general bohemian atmosphere.

Sitges has been a holiday resort since the 1800s and is known as a popular holiday destination for gays and lesbians with a tolerant and lively nightlife.

Thanks to Sitges’ special microclimate, the sun shines almost all year round and important film, dance and cultural festivals are held here.

You can easily combine your stay in Sitges with a trip to Tarragona – if you want to spend a long day off, try one of the best restaurants and eat in Sitges before returning to Barcelona.

Distance from Barcelona: 26 miles

Travel time: 45 minutes

17. Besalou

Spectacular medieval bridge of Besalú, Spain

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The beautiful medieval city of Besalú is located a little further away from Barcelona, but is definitely worth a visit.

There are large free parking spaces when you come to town. Once parked, you can see everything by taking a little walk.

You can start with a visit to the tourist office which is located right next to the car park. Take a map and see how much history flows out of each stone.

The two main attractions are the medieval bridge and the monastery of St. Peter. The Fluvia River Bridge is breathtaking and offers great photo opportunities – if you stay up late, the sunset over the mountains adds a romantic touch.

The most important remaining part of the monastery is the church. You won’t miss it, as it is located in the middle of the Place Saint-Péré and is surprisingly large for the size of the city.

The best thing you can do in Besalu is admire the old streets and dive into one of the cafes for a quiet lunch – the atmosphere and fresh air make this one of the best days in town, away from the hustle and bustle.

Distance from Barcelona: 82 miles

Driving time: 1 hour 40 minutes

18. Runner

Ancient city and castle of Begur overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the Iberian mountains.

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Begur is a coastal town north of Barcelona, fantastic for a day trip. It is far enough away from Barcelona and Girona for relatively few tourists to come, but close enough to spend a day there.

Begur is located in a picturesque part of the coast and has become very popular with the people of Barcelona. There are fantastic bars and restaurants around this historic city, ideal for the weekend.

The exceptionally colorful nature of Begur and the beautiful buildings on the beaches are the reason for the cultural ties with Cuba. A number of inhabitants migrated in the 19th century. When they came back, they brought back a piece of the Caribbean. Many unique colonial-style houses are scattered throughout the city, so keep your eyes open as you walk through the streets.

If you want to earn money for lunch, you can visit the castle, which is situated on a hilltop above the town. It has been carefully rehabilitated by the residents and is at the service of people with disabilities, including wheelchair users.

If you want to relax on the beach, the Platja Fonda is an excellent local option. There are no real facilities on the beach and we recommend that you bring flip-flops or other water shoes, but it is one of the hidden gems of the beach to spend a few hours lazing around in the afternoon.

Distance from Barcelona: 81 miles

Driving time: 1 hour 40 minutes

19. Fig.

Unique façade of the Dali Theatre and the Museum of Figueres

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Figueres is known as the homeland of Salvador Dali. It is located directly in the north of Catalonia, a short distance from the French border, but can easily be reached from Barcelona in less than 2 hours.

The main attraction in the city is the Salvador Dali Museum. This theatre museum is the largest surrealist object in the world. It was built by Dali on the ruins of the old theatre and has a characteristic glass dome with large egg-shaped decorations.

Dali built this museum especially to impress the visitors with a unique exhibition and the various rooms are filled with disposable objects, paintings and empirical effects of Dali.

In Figueres there is also a central street called Rambla, which, as in Barcelona, is a popular place to meet friends and sit in one of the many cafes. Near La Rambla there are some old roads you can explore, which is a great way to spend the day.

Distance from Barcelona: 86 miles

Driving time: 1 hour 45 minutes

20. Kadaki

Resort of Cadaques, in the north of Catalonia, 2 hours and 30 minutes from Barcelona.

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Another city in northeastern Catalonia is Cadaquez. A few minutes from Figueres and a stone’s throw from France, it is far away from Barcelona. You can combine a visit to Figueres with an afternoon holiday in Cadaques to make the most of your trip to the coast.

This charming seaside resort is full of narrow streets, nooks and crannies just waiting to be explored. The most striking buildings are the modernist buildings on the water’s edge – the general theme is white, but the houses have colourful accents with light-coloured doors, windows and flower boxes.

There are some good beaches – Cabo de Creus, but they are more rocky and rocky than the sandy beaches further south on the Costa Brava.

One of the must-see attractions if you come to Cadaques is the Salvador Dali Casa House Museum. It is located in the area of Port Ligat, a small fishing village that has become a district of Cadaques. Salvador Dali lived there most of his life from 1930 to 1982, and in this period he rebuilt the building.

Distance from Barcelona: 106 miles

Travel time: 2 hours 25 minutes

21. Girona

Colourful houses and the Eiffel Bridge, old fish stalls in Girona.

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Girona is an important city in the north of Catalonia, rich in culture and history, making it the ideal place for a day trip, just an hour from Barcelona.

The architecture and sensitivities are very different from those of many neighbouring towns – there are many more colours and a wide range of styles, creating an amazing cultural mix.

There are many historical sites to see – look at the Cathedral of Girona with its huge staircase of 91 steps leading to it. There is a well-preserved medieval Jewish quarter (The Call) and you can even walk through the city walls – there are two restored Moorish pedestrian areas.

If you want to relax on your way to Girona, you can take the train from the centre of Barcelona instead of going by car. The trains depart from Barcelona Sants station and run for only 1 hour and 30 minutes, so you can return during the day without any problems. The price of the tickets is about 10 euros per person (more or less depending on the time and day).

Distance from Barcelona: 63 miles

Driving time: 1 hour 15 minutes

22. Vick

The Plaka Major relaxes in Vic, Spain.

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Vic is a charming sleepy town, just an hour from Barcelona. It is not the first city mentioned by tourists coming to Catalonia, but it has a good atmosphere and a relaxed feeling.

The central square – Plaka Major – is where it all happens. There is a café where you can have a cup of coffee in the morning, but also buildings from the 14th century. For centuries, including the gothic town hall.

The main tourist attraction of the city is the cathedral of Saint-Pierre. Since its construction in the 11th century. For centuries it has combined different styles through restoration and renovation.

If you love your museums, the Episcopal Museum has a collection of 29,000 Gothic and Romanesque works.

The main reason to visit Vic is to taste the local cured meat, which is considered the best in Catalonia, if not all of Spain. Fuet is what you want to try – it’s a sausage made of pork with peppers and spices, which comes from the city.

Distance from Barcelona: 44 miles

Travel time: 1 hour

23. Montblanc

The ramparts of Mont Blanc, a fortified city in Catalonia, Spain.

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Mont Blanc is a beautiful fortified town in the province of Tarragona, and no, it is not the highest mountain in Europe. At least not this Montblanc.

You can park outside the city walls and explore the city on foot. One of the city gates, the Gate of St. George, is where St. George killed the dragon, a feat the city celebrates every April.

The whole town is a medieval masterpiece with many 14th century buildings. For centuries. In the centre of the city you will find the Plaka Major and many historical sights, including three Gothic churches (Santa Maria, San Miguel and San Marseille).

Much of the original city wall is still preserved and is worth a walk to see the towers and battle stations.

The Carrer dels Jueus is the city’s Jewish quarter, which seems to enhance the general charm of the city.

Distance from Barcelona: 75 miles

Driving time: 1 hour 30 minutes

24. L’Escala and Sant Marty d’Empurice

The bay of l'Escala on the Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain.

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L’Escala and Sant Marti d’Empouris are nearby seaside resorts where you can walk in a few minutes.

Sant Marty d’Empouris is a beautiful village and much smaller than its neighbour. You will find a lot of charm, and the center is full of restaurant tables in front of the 11th century church.

L’Escala has a beautiful old town, but it is a large holiday resort with beaches and an old port.

Between the two are the ruins of Empuries. The ancient Greek city, then Roman, was already there in 600 BC. Chr… There are several columns and stone objects left, and it is a nice walk from one of the two towns on either side.

Distance from Barcelona: 87 miles

Driving time: 1 hour 40 minutes

25. Roses

Holiday resort Roses on the Costa Brava, Catalonia

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Opposite the bay of Rosa de l’Escala lies the holiday centre Rosa, which is well worth a visit.

Roses offers a choice of beaches and coves. Rose and Punta beach offers all the comfort you could wish for and crystal clear water.

If you walk a little further, you will see many bays of breathtaking beauty along the promenade of the Cabo de Creus Natural Park. These beaches are generally much quieter than the main beaches, but do not offer many services.

The two historical sights in La Rose are the fortress of La Ciudadella and the castle of Trinidad. Both are slightly larger than the ruins, but the fortress was designed for an 11th century complex. Very impressive century.

Distance to Barcelona: Ninety-eight miles

Travel time: 2 hours

26. Empuriabrava

Empuriabrava in Cap Creus Costa Brava Spain

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Empuriabrava is located between the two seaside resorts mentioned above (Roses and L’Escala). Empuriabrava looks like nothing you’ve seen on the Costa Brava or in Spanish costume.

It is the largest marina in Europe with 23 km of canals and moorings for 5000 boats and yachts. These canals are surrounded by expensive and intact houses that give the impression of being in Miami and not in Spain.

Believe it or not, there is a medieval town centre, but Empuriabrava is not the right one. Go to cafes and restaurants and enjoy a place where people watch.

Distance from Barcelona: ninety-five miles

Travel time: 1 hour 50 minutes

27. Solson

Santa Maria in Solson Cathedral, Catalonia - 2 hours from Barcelona

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Solsona is a city about an hour and a half from Barcelona and is best known for its cathedral.

The cathedral of Santa Maria, built in the 14th century. Built in the 16th century, it presents a mix of different styles over the centuries when it was built and adapted.

Solson was originally surrounded by walls and you can still visit the three preserved entrances – del Pont, del Castel and the Llobert. A small part of the city wall is also available.

With its merry-go-round and many other options, Solson is an excellent visit if you have some of Barcelona’s most important day trips on your list.

If you come to visit us at the beginning of March, the Solson Carnival is a 9-day event that is among the best in the country.

Distance from Barcelona: 70 miles

Driving time: 1 hour 30 minutes

28. El Vilosell

This small village is located between Barcelona and the city of Lleida in the east.

With a population of only 200 people it is a very small town, but you will enjoy the cobbled streets and the architecture. There are even some ruins of the old castle and the beautiful church of Santa Maria.

If, like us, you want to find gems of the beaten track, this is one of them. There is a front door through which one can enter the city walls and admire the views of the residents who enjoy the surrounding landscape.

There is even a restaurant in the centre of the village, which is fantastically called the Restaurant Centre – you can be sure you won’t miss it. Even if you don’t want to have lunch, this is a great place to stop and have a drink on a hot summer day.

Distance to Barcelona: Ninety miles

Driving time: 1 hour 40 minutes

29. Rupee

Medieval village of Rupit in the mountains north of Barcelona

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Rupit is a picturesque village situated in the mountains north of Barcelona. If you like old stone buildings, cobblestones and winding alleys, this is the place for you.

A walk through Rupit can make you feel like you’re back in the past. Most of the village looks like a few hundred years ago. The river runs through the village, there are waterfalls and many steep slopes.

There are several places where you can eat. So, if you’re coming from Barcelona for the day, you should have lunch here. The air is clean and birds often float above your head when you eat in the medieval streets of Rupita.

Distance from Barcelona: 66 miles

Driving time: 1 hour 40 minutes

30. Santa Pau

Traditional portal with hanging panels in Santa Pau, Catalonia.

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Santa Pau is a small town located in the Garrotcha nature reserve. Originally built as a fortress to protect against invasions, over time it has become a popular place full of medieval stone buildings.

In 1971 he was granted the status of protected heritage and artist.

The town is built around the central square and the medieval castle. Everywhere you look, there are all buildings from the 13th and 14th century The 19th century houses are made of stone, and there are many arches, arches and narrow corridors throughout the city.

On the main square there is also the church of Santa Maria, which is definitely worth a visit. There is a golden altar, and although the church is older than most other buildings in Santa Pau, it is still a 16th century building. It offers a lot of information about the history of the city and its culture.

Distance from Barcelona: 74 miles

Driving time: 1 hour 45 minutes

31. Peratallada

The medieval village of Peratalada is a cobbled village in Catalonia, two hours drive from Barcelona.

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Close to the seaside resort of Begur (see above!) is the small walled town of Peratalada, just 2 hours from Barcelona.

Peratallada is not a big city, so you have to go there in the morning and then to the sea to eat an ice cream when the sun is hot.

This unique village is made of stone, excavated to build a moat around the ramparts. There is a mix of beautiful stone buildings, some of which date back to the 11th century. century.

The labyrinth of narrow streets of Peratalada, often called one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, stretches around the central castle. You will find an old hospital, an old prison and two towers to explore.

Distance from Barcelona: 81 miles

Driving time: 1 hour 40 minutes

32. Comrades

The picturesque medieval village of Pals on the Costa Brava

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The other stone village of Pals is an hour and 40 minutes drive from Barcelona, between Peratalada and Begur.

If you want to leave early, you can probably accommodate all three of them in one day from Barcelona. I advise you to first visit the mountain villages and go to the beach when the sun is just above your head and you have to jump into the sea.

You can see the tower as you climb the hill to the village – these are the last remains of an old castle. There are a total of four towers to explore, and you can also visit a Gothic church.

There are many interesting architectural monuments with interwoven medieval buildings and walls, and after a short walk you can relax in one of the street cafes,

Distance from Barcelona: 80 miles

Driving time: 1 hour 40 minutes

33. Siurana

Church of Santa Maria de Surana overlooking the mountain valley

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Siurana is a small village situated on top of a steep cliff in the mountains of Prades, overlooking the Siurana reservoir.

The site of Siurana, in the Priorat region, offers a beautiful view to die for, as it is the main (and unique) attraction. It is a sleepy village that has slowly recovered over the past decades, but it is by no means a tourist destination.

There is a restaurant in the village, several others along the road to the village if you want to have lunch.

In the village of Cornudella de Montsant there are several wineries to visit (some need a 4×4 car), which can make a fantastic day trip in combination with a visit to Siourana.

Distance from Barcelona: 92 miles

Travel time: 2 hours

34. Els Hostalets d’en Bas

A sleepy village like the Hostalets d'en Bas

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Els Hostalets d’en Bas is a small, discreet town built at the beginning of the 18th century. It was founded in the 19th century as a stopover on the road from Vic to Olot.

Today it is a quiet mountain town with an architecture unique to the region, with its straight and wide streets and the layout of its houses reminiscent of some American cities. Construction is still undeniably European, the theme of stone buildings and wooden balconies.

Els Hostalets has been declared a National Art Monument, so if you are driving nearby, you should definitely consider a visit.

We wouldn’t spend the whole day here because there isn’t much to do or see, so combine it with a visit to Vic or Santa Pau to do it all day.

Distance from Barcelona: 66 miles

Driving time: 1 hour 30 minutes

35. Castelfallit de la Roca

Castelfallit de la Roca is situated on a cliff in Catalonia, Spain.

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Castelfallit de la Roca, located on the French border on the road between Ripoll and Figueres, is one of the most impressive villages in Spain, thanks to its medieval architecture and its location on a steep cliff.

Like Rhonda in Andalusia, Castellfallit is full of history and charm. You can visit the old town and the church of San Salvador. The church was built in the 11th century. It was built in the 19th century, but is currently not in use.

Several local restaurants offer local dishes, including delicious mushrooms and locally produced beer (Poch’s).

As Castelfallit de la Roca is located in the middle of the Garrotcha mountain, it is good to take the time to explore the area and find a good place to hike if you are coming from Barcelona for a day.

Distance from Barcelona: 74 miles

Driving time: 1 hour 40 minutes

36. La Seu d’Urgel

This small but historically important town lies south of the border with Andorra and lies in the plain overlooking the Pyrenees.

The medieval city is a good stopover on the way to Andorra or on your own. It has developed and flourished as a city on the main trade routes in Europe and has many historic buildings.

The main attraction of the city is the Santa Maria Cathedral. It is an impressive Romanesque cathedral from the 12th century. It was built in the 19th century and has many features that have been renovated or replaced over the centuries.

The diocesan museum is located on the edge of the cathedral. Don’t forget to visit many amazing works of art, a Gothic altar and a collection of Romanesque paintings by the Virgin Mary.

If you want to take a longer walk, there is Valira Park by the river, which can be a nice walk before returning to town.

Distance from Barcelona: 112 miles

Travel time: 2 hours 30 minutes

37. Ebro Delta

Flamingo in the Natural Park of the Ebro Delta, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain.

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In a two-hour drive along the coast of Barcelona you will pass Tarragona to reach the Ebro Delta (or Ebra – Spanish and Catalan name).

It is the second largest swamp area in Europe and a Spanish natural park.

The Ebro Delta has more than 300 bird species that love its marshes, streams and dry lakes. Even if you don’t like bird watching very much, we are talking about a unique opportunity to see many flamingos, birds of prey, herons and ospreys, but also migratory birds from all over the world.

The local farmers have huge rice fields and in L’Ampolla, the town you pass through when you enter the delta, there is a wide choice of restaurants.

Distance from Barcelona: 110 miles

Travel time: 2 hours

38. Zaragoza

The Basilica of Our Lady of the Columns in Zaragoza, Spain

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To make the most of a day’s travel between Barcelona and Zaragoza, you have to get up very early to handle the traffic. Go ahead and try to get brunch in Zaragoza.

Zaragoza is the capital of the Aragon region, which borders Catalonia. It’s a big city and there are many ways to spend the day.

If you like history and culture, there is much to see in Zaragoza. You can visit the Alhaferia Palace, which is one of the best Moorish architectures in Spain, or the Goya Museum, which houses a collection of 250 works by Goya, a notoriously romantic Spanish artist.

As in most Spanish cities, it is best to walk through the streets and enjoy a place where you can watch from a café. Buy a churros (especially good here) and in the afternoon visit the Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Pilar, a fantastic cathedral famous for the story of the Virgin Mary, which was built in the year 40 n. Christ appears before the Apostle James.

Distance from Barcelona: 194 miles

Travel time: 3 hours

39. Campdevanol Waterfalls

The Campdevanol waterfalls are a magical day trip from Barcelona.

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For lovers of adventure, Campdevanol Falls is a unique complex of 7 waterfalls and adjoining swimming pools.

You can drive and park at the waterfall, but don’t forget that you have to pay 10 euros for the car.

On this road there are many steep rocks, sharp rocks, slippery surfaces and other dangers. I urge you not to bring children or infants.

The water from these waterfalls flows into mountain springs and streams, making the basins cold. Think very cold. They’re a little colder.

Despite the long journey, the need to walk and the cold water, these waterfalls can be very crowded. So if you want to avoid mixing with dozens of other people in each pool, try leaving Barcelona early in the morning to get there. Avoid the weekend, because that’s when people from neighboring towns come.

You can swim in all the pools and enjoy this place before everyone arrives!

Distance from Barcelona: 70 miles

Travel time: 2 hours

40. Schematic of Escalades

The Monastery of the Cartusiana in Escaladei is an ideal place for a day trip from Barcelona.

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The Charterhouse of Santa Maria de Escalade is the ruins of one of the most important medieval monasteries in Spain.

She was born on the 12th floor. It was founded in the sixteenth century by order of King Alfonso I in an attempt to introduce Christianity to the Muslim community of Catalonia.

Most of the monastery consists of old ruins, but recently one of the monasteries has been restored. You can also visit the church and the refectory.

If you go as far as the monastery of L’Escalade, it is a good idea to combine this visit with one of the impressive neighbouring villages such as Siourana. It will also give you the perfect excuse to drive along the picturesque mountain roads in one of the most beautiful regions of Catalonia.

Distance from Barcelona: 91 miles

Travel time: 2 hours

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