Barcelona is fascinating city packed with interesting attractions and so much to see and do, but equally interesting are the nearby towns, mountain retreats and lovely beaches that Catalonia has to offer.
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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.
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South of 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.
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.
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Tarragona, the former capital of Hispania, was a prominent Roman settlement. Nowadays, the city is rich with Roman remains and monuments. Port Aventura, Spain’s most visited amusement park, is not far away.
West of Barcelona
West of Barcelona we find Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, an important cava production area, as well as Vilafranca del Penedès, where the Penedès wines are produced. A guided tour and tasting to the conveniently located Freixenet cava cellars is recommended to learn about the most famous wine from Catalonia.
Another must is Montserrat, a lovely monastery embedded in the most stunning and beautiful mountain range, home to the Virgin of Montserrat, Catalonia’s patron saint.
North of Barcelona
Heading north we find the remarkable landscape of the Costa Brava, one of the most special places of Catalonia. Among the beautiful beaches and coves (some of the best in Catalonia), there’s a large array of pintoresque coast towns like Palamós, Palafrugell or Cadaqués, where Salvador Dalí lived and worked for many years.
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His former residence has now been turned into a museum. The other part of the Dali Museums is in Figueres, his birthplace and home to the interesting Dali Theater Museum.
Not far away is Girona, 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.
Last but not least, 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.
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