Barcelona sidetrips

Day trips from Barcelona

Get out of the cosmopolitan Big City for a day to explore some of what the rest of Catalonia has to offer, from the slopes of the Pyrenees to the shores of the Mediterranean and from Roman ruins to cava cellars to mountainside monesteries.

Favorite Barcelona excursions

The monastery of MontserratMontserrat - One of Spain's holiest pilgrimage sites is this monastery home of La Moreneta, the "Black Virgin," nestled halfway up a 4,000-foot cliff at the base of the jagged, thin spine of rock called the "serrated mountain" (or "mont serrat")... » more


The Roman amphitheater at TarragonaTarragona - Though it boasts Spain's best Roman ruins, including a crumbling seaside amphitheater, Tarragona is an under-visited destination. This was the Roman Empire's base of operations during its conquest of the Iberian peninsula—Julius Caesar himself even stayed here for a while. ... » more


Tips & Links

Escorted daytrips

Leave the driving—and the guiding—to someone else with an escorted or guided daytrip. True, you're usually with a small group, but this is by far the best way to fit the most into a short amount of time.

  • Montserrat
  • Girona, Figueres, & Costa Brava
  • Pyrennes, Tarragona, & Catalan villages
  • Food & wine
  • Multi-day excursions


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Useful links & resources


Barcelona tourist info: (info office), (events mag); (regional info),

Sightseeing passes: Barcelona Card (20+ sights; transport; discounts), Museum Pass (6 sights)

Tours & activities:,,,,,


Hotels:,, Priceline.comPartner,


Apartments:,,,,, Homeaway.comhomeaway

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Trains: (throughout Europe), (within Spain), (throughout Europe),

Public transport: Barcelona Card (free transport; sightseeing); Search all public transit:; Metro/Bus:; Tram:; Light rail:; Taxi:

Car rentals:,,,,,,

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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in September 2013.
All information was accurate at the time.

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