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Easy day trips from Barcelona!

Updated: Jul 18

Looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Barcelona? Or just want to maximize your vacation in Spain?

View from on top of Montserrat.

Day Trips from Barcelona

  • Lloret de Mar - 74.5km away. Beautiful Mediterranean beaches.

  • Cala Estreta - 122 km away. Secluded cove beach backed by pine trees & popular for snorkeling among fish.

  • Aigua-Xelida - 129km away. Cove is formed by several tiny beaches.

  • Girona - 101km away. Medieval architecture, walled Old Quarter (Barri Vell), and the Roman remains of the fortress.

  • Sitges - 39.2 km away. Mediterranean beaches and seafront promenades lined with grand mansions.

  • Tarragona - 97.6km away. Roman architecture is interwoven with beaches and a fascinating culinary scene.

  • Montserrat - 61.5km away. Sweeping views are the highlight of this mountain peak, which also features trails & a monastery.

  • Costa Brava - 146km away. Its Mediterranean climate makes it a favorite holiday spot year-round.

  • Figueres - 138km away. Birthplace of Salvador Dali and home to the Dali Museu.

  • Besalu - 131 km away. Known for its 12th-century Romanesque bridge over the Fluvià River.

  • Cadaques - 170km away. One of the most symbolic places on the Gironese Costa Brava. Its rocky coast is fringed by beautiful beaches and quiet coves.

  • Tossa de Mar - 102km away. Panoramic views across the Mediterranean Sea and is famous for its sandy beaches, lighthouse, and, of course, historic fortified medieval village.

Best time to visit:

April, May, September, and October are the best months to go sightseeing in Barcelona. Barcelona is least crowded during the shoulder seasons of March - April and September - October.

Most popular neighborhood to visit:

  1. Gràcia. Best neighborhood for trendsetters

  2. Barceloneta. Best neighborhood for beaches

  3. El Born. Best neighborhood for sights

  4. L'Eixample. Best neighborhood for Gaudí architecture

  5. El Raval. Best neighborhood for bars

  6. Barri Gòtic. Best neighborhood for history

Free things to do in Barcelona:

  • Get lost in the Barri Gòtic

  • Arc de Triomf

  • Visit a Museum on Sunday - Visit the free museums on Sundays from 3 pm to 8 pm.

  • See the Roman ruins at El Born Cultural Center

  • Stroll down La Rambla

I have a FULL list of freebies for Barcelona HERE!!

Looking for more Barcelona inspiration? Check out these other posts from our travels to Spain!

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