Day Trips around Barcelona

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Terassa festival ©Kevin Rodriguez Ortiz/Flickr

If you are lucky enough to be visiting Barcelona and spend there at least one week, then sooner or later you will start wondering what is there to find outside the city’s limits. Well, the truth is that the vicinities of Barcelona can be just as gorgeous as the city itself. Also, the transport network that connects the Catalan capital to the neighboring attractions makes it quite easy to plan some memorable day trips around Barcelona.

As for the possible destinations of these day trips, here are a few suggestions:


Not far from Barcelona you can find the small town of Terrassa. Although Terrassa is usually included in the tourist circuit, the town does not lack tourist attractions, nor does it lack tourist appeal. The Art Nouveau facades in the town’s center are certainly worth seeing, and so are the numerous Medieval constructions that have survived difficult times. If you are passionate about industry and technology, you can find several interesting museums in Terrassa. The easiest way to get to Terrassa is by taking on of the frequent commuter trains that connect the town to Barcelona.

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Terassa festival ©Kevin Rodriguez Ortiz/Flickr


A two hours drive from Barcelona, Girona is a charming Catalan city, whose history one can trace back to the times of the Roman Empire. Like in many Spanish cities, one can observe layer uopn layer of historical periods and architectural styles. Thus, you can start your tour chronologically, with a walk along Girona’s ancinet Roman walls, and end with the beautiful Casa Masao. The Archeological Museum, the Carolingian Wall and the old Cathedral should not be missed.

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Girona ©Motarile/Flickr


Although Tarragona is a bit far (about 100 km south of Barcelona), it makes a great day trip destination. Just like Girona, Tarragona has a visible Roman heritage, with several Roman-era constructions still standing – such as the Roman circus and the amphitheater. The city’s museums and cathedrals are also worth a tour. Tarragona is also famous for its traditional festivals and numerous cultural events, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself in the middle of the fiesta as soon as you arrive there.


Tarragona ©malouette/Flickr

Dali Tour

Salvador Dali was born and raised in Catalonia. The painter loved his natal region, and spent the last decades of his life living and working in Catalonia. His birthplace, Figueres, is now home to one of the best known Dali museums. Not far from Figueres, in the village of Pubol, you can visit the palace where the painter lived its last years. You can find a complete list of Dali-related attractions in our older post about the Dali heritage in Spain.

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