Montserrat Monastery
Montserrat Monastery

Barcelona, a city famous for its unique Gaudi architecture and delicious tapas, is a great base to explore the surrounding areas. While the city has plenty to offer, stepping outside its limits shows a whole new side of Catalonia. This guide takes you through the top-day trips from Barcelona, promising unique experiences.

Key Takeaways: Day Trips from Barcelona
Montserrat Monastery Spiritual site, breathtaking views, hiking opportunities
Sitges Beautiful beaches, historic sites, vibrant LGBT+ scene
Girona Medieval charm, ancient baths, Jewish Quarter
Tarragona Roman ruins, medieval old town, beach
Costa Brava Landscapes, fishing villages, clear waters

1. Montserrat Monastery

Nestled among the unique mountain peaks of Montserrat, the Montserrat Monastery is a place of spiritual solace. You can learn about its history, see the Black Madonna, and listen to the boys' choir sing. There are also great hiking trails around.

Montserrat Monastery

2. Sitges

A short train ride from Barcelona, Sitges is known for its lovely beaches, historic places, and vibrant scene. You can visit the Cau Ferrat Museum, walk around the pretty streets, or relax on its beaches.

Sitges beach

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3. Girona

Girona is a beautiful city with medieval charm. It has old baths, Gothic churches, and a well-preserved Jewish Quarter. Fans of Game of Thrones will recognize it as one of the filming locations.

  • Girona's Colorful Houses on the Onyar River
    Girona Onyar River Buildings
  • The imposing Girona Cathedral
    Girona Cathedral
  • Jewish Quarter’s Narrow Lanes
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4. Tarragona

In Tarragona, you can travel back to Roman times. There are ancient ruins like the Tarragona Amphitheatre, the Roman Circus, and the city walls. It also has an old medieval town and a beach.

  • Image: Tarragona Amphitheatre
    Tarragona Ampitheatre

  • Image: Tarragona Old Town
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5. Costa Brava

For breathtaking landscapes, fisher villages, and clear waters, Costa Brava is perfect. You can go to places like Cadaqués, loved by Salvador Dali, or the hidden coves near Begur and Palafrugell.

  • Image: Cadaqués Waterfront
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  • Image: Begur Beach
    Begur beach
  • Image: Palafrugell Beaches
    Costa Brava Swimming Spot


Barcelona's surroundings offer many different experiences, from Montserrat's quiet to Tarragona's Roman history and Costa Brava's beautiful beaches. Each place offers a journey into Catalonia's rich history and culture. Make sure to check our Barcelona transport guide for the best ways to get to these places.

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