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Barcelona is fascinating city packed with interesting attractions, but equally interesting are the nearby towns, mountain retreats and lovely beaches that Catalonia has to offer.
Feel encouraged to take some time on your trip to discover the best of Catalonia and nearby Barcelona, using the city as your base camp. These are some of the places you can discover within an hour away from Barcelona that should not go unnoticed.
Full Day tour: Torres Cellars, Montserrat & Sitges with Brunch
Barcelona nearby attractions
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Montserrat, a lovely monastery embedded in the most stunning and beautiful mountain range, is a must in nearby Barcelona. It’s home to the Virgin of Montserrat, Catalonia’s patron saint.
Montserrat guided tour from Barcelona
Just 40 kilometers (24 miles) south of Barcelona, is one of the most stunning and pintoresque coast towns of Catalonia: Sitges.
The former fishermen’s town has great beaches to offer, great Mediterranean cuisine and exclusive low rises right on the beachfront. It’s also the place to celebrate Carnival in Barcelona, as well as the Sitges International Film Festival.
Guided tour of Sitges Old Town
Girona is a gorgeous small city famous for being set and location for the hit TV show Game of Thrones. Just one hour and a half away from Barcelona, it features dreamy landscapes, historic medieval monuments and one of the best kept jewish neighborhoods in Europe.
Game of Thrones Girona guided tour
Penedès region. © joan_bautista/stock.adobe.com
West of Barcelona we find Vilafranca del Penedès, an important cava production area, where the Penedès wines are produced. A guided tour of the cellars and tasting is recommended to learn about the most famous wine from Catalonia.
Full Day tour: Torres Cellars in Penedès + Montserrat & Sitges with Brunch
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One of the most important day trips from Barcelona is the Dalí Theater Museum. The museum features the largest collection of Dalí paintings in one single location. It’s located in the city of Figueres, Salvador Dalí’s hometown.
Day Trip: Dalí Museum in Figueres + Girona
Cadaqués, Costa Brava. © davib/stock.adobe.com
Heading north we find the remarkable landscape of the Costa Brava, one of the most special places in Catalonia.
Among the beautiful beaches and coves (some of the best in Catalonia), there’s a large array of pintoresque coast towns like Palamós, Pals, Calella de Palafrugell or Cadaqués, where Salvador Dalí lived and worked for many years.
Costa Brava Full-Day Tour from Barcelona
Costa Daurada (Golden Coast)
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100 kilometers south of Barcelona, we enter in the territory of the Costa Daurada (Golden Coast). This area is one of the biggest touristic spots in Catalonia, with miles of golden beaches and summer resorts near Salou, La Pineda and Cambrils.
Tarragona, the former capital of Hispania, was a prominent Roman settlement. Nowadays, the city is rich with Roman remains and monuments.
See the best attractions in the Costa Daurada
Port Aventura & Ferrari Land
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Port Aventura, Spain’s most visited amusement park, and the brand new Ferrari Land, are among the top attractions if you visit Barcelona with kids.
PortAventura & Ferrari Land: Full-Day Trip from Barcelona
Last but not least, a tour to Nuria Valley is also one beautiful trip from Barcelona if you want to witness the beauty of the Pyrenees and hit the ski slopes during the winter season.
Nuria Valley: Full-Day Tour of the Pyrenees
The best tours in Barcelona
Park Güell Fast Track Entrance and Guided Tour
Visit one of Barcelona’s most amazing landmarks in this 1,5 hour guided tour of Park Güell. Learn all about this magnificent modernist work by Gaudi, one of the places that make Barcelona a unique city.
Montserrat morning tour from Barcelona
Immerse yourself in the magic of Montserrat, one of the most special locations near Barcelona. This morning guided tour invites you to explore this mountain retreat, as well as its monastery, funiculars and mountain paths leading to spectacular views.
Game of Thrones Girona guided tour
Experience the magic of the fabulous Girona’s historical center through the scenarios of Game of Thrones. Explore the medieval city, one of the settings of the famous hit TV show, in this 6 hour guided tour from Barcelona.
Day trip to Girona and Figueres with Dalí Museum
Enjoy Girona and Figueres, Salvador Dalí’s hometown in this guided full day tour. Walk through the picturesque streets of medieval Girona and visit the Dalí-Theater Museum in Figueres, the biggest collection of the surrealist artist.
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