Ready to explore the best day trips from Barcelona? From coastal escapes to lush wine regions, here’s where you should be heading. 

There’s no arguing that there’s a LOT to see in Barcelona. Between all the famous landmarks, top-notch attractions and buzzworthy activities, there’s so much more than you could ever hope to tackle on one trip (or, let’s face it, five).

But, when the hustle and bustle of the city gets a bit much, what do you do? 

You head for the hills, beaches, mountains or even vineyards (definitely the vineyards). With so many epic places to visit near Barcelona, all in easy day-trippable distance, only one question comes to mind…

Are you ready to go?

The Best Day Trips From Barcelona



Look, I’m not saying to choose your day trips from Barcelona based solely on convenience. But when it comes to the winning combination of convenience AND a cool LGBTQIA+ destination too, well Sitges is a winner. 

What do you do when you get there? Sitges and beaches go hand in hand. If you only want to flop, drop and float on the azure waters, there’s no shame in that. 

After something a little more active? First up is the Cau Ferrat Museum, home to a fantastic collection of modernist art from Santiago Rusinol. 

If you want a deep dive into the heritage of this stunning city, head over to the Museu Maricel and Palau Maricel. Or drink your way around the Bacardi Experience (the family originated from here don’t you know). Safe to say, you have options. 

Of course, as a coastal resort town outside of Barca, expect to find plenty of independent boutiques, numerous cafes, and restaurants. Oh, and did I mention the beachside wine bars? 

How to Get There: The R2 train from Barcelona gets you right into Sitges, Spain.
Average journey duration: 30 to 45 minutes
Hassle-free option: Book This Tarragona & Sitges Full-Day Tour



I only discovered Garraf on my most recent three-month stay in Barcelona and boy, I’m glad that I did. 

This trendy beach town  is only a short drive / train journey from Barcelona. While many come for the coastline, you can’t help but admire the vast sea of white and green beach houses that line its shores.

There are also plenty of must-try restaurants in town. First up is Chiringuito de Garraf, with its seafront tables and chilled-to-perfection selection of wines and fresh seafood dishes. 

Alternatively, grab a table at La Caseta, operated by the Soho House group but open to the public. Oh, and don’t miss the chance to visit the Guell Wine Cellars, one of Gaudi’s lesser-known works.

How to Get There: Use the Rodalies de Catalunya-operated train from Passeig De Gracia. 
Average journey duration: 38 minutes
Hassle-free option: Book This Private Tarragona and Sitges Tour



If you’re a fan of the incredibly successful Game of Thrones television show, you’ll instantly recognise the iconic city of Girona. Even if you’re not, this charmer’s beauty and historic significance is reason enough to add to your list of must-do day trips from Barcelona.

A standout highlight is its Roman walls surrounding the town’s medieval quarter. Besides admiring the walls, you can walk along the ramparts catching views of the Pyrenees Mountains.

Before finishing your trip here, check out Girona’s Jewish quarter, one of the best-preserved in Spain. And don’t skip some time at the Catedral de Santa Maria de Girona, which dates back to the 11th century.

How to Get There: Grab a seat on a Renfe high-speed train from Sants Station that heads directly for Girona.
Average journey duration: 40 to 50 minutes
Hassle-free option: Book This Girona Day Tour


Gratallops Priorat Spain

How could an indulgent excursion into the Priorat wine region of northern Catalonia not be one of the best day trips from Barcelona? 

While small and geographically inhospitable, these winelands produce various of the country’s most potent red blends.

Consisting of twelve tiny villages with numerous growing zones surrounding them. You won’t need to be a wine fanatic to appreciate some of the premier offerings from Priorat, including Grenache, Cardigan, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Macabeo.

Considering the boozy atmosphere, it’s an excellent choice to enlist a designated driver and venture forth. This way, you can wine through villages such as Morera de Montsant and Porrera without any potential legal hassles.

You’ll only have time to visit one area if you’re visiting Priorat on a day trip – I’d suggest Gratallops. It’s home to some of my favourite vineyards (Clos Figueres, Devinssi Wines and Clos de L’Obac), all of which are within easy walking distance of each other – not to mention the village is gorgeous too. Book ahead for tastings. 

If you can, do try and squeeze in a visit to the Carthusian monastery of Escaladei where the region’s winemaking heritage all started. It’s gradually being restored but is a beautiful place to find out a little more about the history of the region. 

How to Get There: Hop on the Renfe Viajeros high-speed train line from Barcelona Sants that takes you to Falset.
verage journey duration: 2 hours
Hassle-free option: Book This Priorat Wineries Tour


La Seu Cathedral, Manresa, Barcelona p

The idyllic town of Manresa is a fantastic countryside breakaway set in a rural landscape and a premier Barcelona day trip by train. Perched against the backdrop of the Montserrat Nature Reserve Mountains in the distance.

The Basilica Colegiata de Santa Maria de Manresa (La Seu) should be your focal visiting point here. It’s an eclectic mix of Gothic architecture that blends with Romanesque and Renaissance elements. The Ayuntamiento de Manresa, Pont Vell Bridge, and the Iglesia de San Ignacio de Loyola are more historical landmarks for your itinerary.

How to Get There: Hitch the Renfe train from Plaça De Catalunya to Manresa Station.
Average journey duration: 1 hour and 25 minutes
Hassle-free option: Book This Guided Tour


Calle Major and Cathedral Tarragona Spain

As far as Barcelona day tours go, an excursion to the medieval town of Tarragona is a showstopper. Sitting south of the city, Tarragona was the provincial capital of the Hispania region and one of the most crucial Roman cities.

Today, the UNESCO-listed town is a captivating showcase of Roman ruins, including a Colosseum, a Citadel, and the Palace of Augustus. If you want a more compact display of the town’s heritage, head to the Tarragona Archaeology Museum.

Modern-day Tarragona also holds plenty to see. Kick things off with coastal views off Balcó del Mediterrani, then venture to the Castellers statues. End your day roaming Rambla Nova, the main street.

How to Get There: Direct Renfe high-speed trains leave for Tarragona daily from Sants Station.
Average journey duration: 1 hour
Hassle-free option: Book This Private Half-Day Tour


Monistrol de Montserrat 

Considering its storied history and dramatic location, it’s no surprise that heading out to Montserrat Mountain is one of (if not the) ultimate Barcelona day trips. The mountain itself, with numerous serrated peaks and imagination-defying limestone rock formations, is pure eye candy.

If for nothing else, many come to see the incredible views of Catalonia from St. Jerome’s peak. Others come for more religious reasons. 

Specifically to visit the impressive Benedictine Abbey built into its side. If you’re planning a Montserrat day trip from Barcelona, the abbey has to be your first stop. Why? To see the small wooden statue, the Black Madonna, of course.

How to Get There: Catch a specially designated train that departs from the Plaça Espanya Train Station once every hour
Average journey duration: 1 hour
Hassle-free option: Book This Montserrat Half Day Guided Tour


Figueres Spain

Ready for a unique 1-day trip from Barcelona? Figueres is an ideal spot for those looking to escape the city’s vibrant streets or retreat from the beaches of Barcelona. It’s a town of museums, which alone makes it a standout.

The star attraction is the Dalí Theatre and Museum. It’s a whimsical and distinct space with works on display built and curated by Salvador Dali himself. His final resting place is even in the crypt below the museum (it’s a bit weird, but roll with it, it’s Dalí after all). I can’t tell you how much I loved this museum – it’s totally bonkers in the best possible way! 

Other noteworthy museums include the Museu del Joguet de Catalunya (famous toy museum). The Museu de la Tècnica de l’Empordà (dedicated to technology) and the Emporda Museum.

How to Get There: There’s a direct Renfe high-speed train from Barcelona Sants heading to Figueres daily. 
Average journey duration: 55 minutes
Hassle-free option: Book This Girona, Figueres, and Dali Museum Tour

Sant Cugat del Vallès

Situated in a verdant valley a quick trip away from Barcelona, the historic village of Sant Cugat del Vallès is your next dream escape locale. Occupied for millennia, you can immerse yourself in archaeological finds dating back over 2,000 years.

Stop by the Castrum Octavianum fortress, the remains of its Roman occupation, before heading for the Benedictine Monasterio de Sant Cugat del Vallès. Inside sits the best-preserved Romanesque cloisters in Europe.

How to Get There: Get on the S-1 line from Plaça De Catalunya.
Average journey duration: 30 minutes
Hassle-free option: Book This Sant Cugat Monastery Tour

El Vendrell

Located smack bang on the passage of the Roman Augustan Way, El Vendrell is a seaside town steeped in history that dates back to Roman times. So, add this for more coastal bliss after a quick Barcelona to Girona day trip.

What should you do? You must stop by the Archaeological Museum, which displays hundreds of Roman ruins in the surrounding region. Then indulge in sightseeing at the Baroque church, Parròquia de Sant Salvador. Or if modern architecture is your vibe, head for the town square, Plaza Nueva.

How to Get There: Catch the direct Renfe high-speed line from Plaça De Catalunya to El Vendrell Station.
Average journey duration: 50 minutes
Hassle-free option: Book This Girona and Costa Brava Tour

Costa Brava 

Costa Brava

Of the many stretches of coastal heaven that Spain so proudly boasts, you shouldn’t skip heading out on a Barcelona to Costa Brava day trip. This 1,240-mile paradise of cliff-packed beaches is one of Europe’s most-beloved seaside retreats, unsurprisingly so.

Beyond its obvious allure, the coast also offers numerous cultural attractions and some of the best things to do in Barcelona. Include a pitstop in the historic Santa Susanna, where you can marvel at watchtowers dating to the 15th and 18th centuries.

Susanna features three glorious beaches perfect for some beach bumming, namely Platja de Llevant, Platja de les Caletes, and Platja de les Dunes. Then strike out to the enticing old fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell. 

How to Get There: The ideal way to reach Costa Brava is by bus but it is more expensive. 
Average journey duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Hassle-free option: Book This Full Day Costa Brava & Girona Tour


Although it might not be the closest option for the best day trips near Barcelona, Cadaqués is a surefire winner. At its core, it’s an enchanting fishing village brandishing all white-tiled houses that sit pretty against scenic hills.

Salvador Dali took hold of the magical beauty and created some of his best work here, in fact, he eventually settled here. His house and studio at Port Lligat is now a museum dedicated to his life and art.

Along the shores, you can dive into its waters for some snorkelling. Strike out on a hike to nearby Cap de Creus Natural Park, and go sightseeing at the famous Church of Santa Maria de Cadaqués.

How to Get There: Get on the bus from Barcelona Nord Station to Cadaqués as there are no direct trains. 
Average journey duration: 2 to 3 hours
Hassle-free option: Book This Dali-themed Cadaqués & Costa Brava Tour


Eager for more medieval wonder? Great, because the Roman ruin-laden town of Vic is a knockout consideration for the best day trip from Barcelona. 

In the Middle Ages, Vic acted as a crucial administrative town, and much of the influence from back then is visible.

Especially in its main square, Placa Major. Delve deeper into Vic’s past with a visit to the 11th-century Sant Pere Cathedral and catch epic views of the city from its bell tower. Architecture lovers are in for a treat in Vic. 

The town displays a kaleidoscope of architectural influences ranging from Roman to Baroque and elements of Neoclassical dotted throughout. 

How to Get There: Snag a seat on a bus from Barcelona Nord Station.
Average journey duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Hassle-free option: Book This Pyrenees Mountains Tour


Penedès Spain

I think it’s high time for another Barcelona vineyard day trip, don’t you? If the idea of sipping on some Catalan wine isn’t enticing already, consider the fact that a journey to Penedès is also one of the best day trips from Barcelona by train.

The entire Vilafranca del Penedès region is a must, and not just for the Cava, which originates from here (by the way), but also for its natural beauty.

Be sure to check out Bodega Xarel-Lo, one of the most-praised organic vineyards in the region. Afterwards,  pop into La Cava D’en Sergi – Michelin Bib Gourmand, the best traditional Catalonian restaurant in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia.

How to Get There: Hop aboard the Renfe R4 line from Barcelona’s Plaça Catalunya Station.
Average journey duration: 1 to 2 hours
Hassle-free option: Book This Penedès E-Bike Tour

PortAventura World 

You can’t tell me that the idea of running around the largest amusement park in Spain doesn’t sound like the best day of your life? If you’re a child at heart, a must-do day trip from Barcelona is an escapade to PortAventura World in Salau.

PortAventura World comprises three individual theme parks. First up is PortAventura Park, where you’ll find more conventional rides. 

Next up is Caribe Aquatic Park, where there are many water-based attractions. Finally, Ferrari World Park includes rides based on the famous car manufacturer. Other areas follow more geographical themes, including China, American Far West, Polynesia, and Mayan Mexico.

How to Get There: You can jump on the direct train from Barcelona to PortAventura, namely the Renfe R-16 line. 
Average journey duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Hassle-free option: Book This PortAventura Theme Park Ticket and Transfer Tour


What was once among the most important towns in Catalonia during the 13th century is today a chic day excursion from Barcelona. Montblanc’s cobbled streets and laid-back charm emanate an enthralling appeal, while the fortified walls harken back to its military past. 

Other emblematic buildings you should visit include Casal dels Josa, the Palau Real, and the Church of Santa Maria la Mayor. Ascend the church’s bell tower for unparalleled views of the surrounding area. Before leaving, ask a local about the Legend of Saint George and the Dragon.

How to Get There: There are four daily trains to Montblanc, and you can catch one from either Sants Station, Passeig de Gràcia, or Estació de França.
Average journey duration: 2 hours
Hassle-free option: Book This Day Trip to Montblanc


If you’re eager to include a side trip from Barcelona in your Spain itinerary, the enchanting medieval town of Cardona is a prime candidate. It drops below most travellers’ radars thanks to its cosy nestling spot into a valley along the banks of Cardoner River.

Stop by the 11th-century Collegiate Church of San Vicente, a striking Romanesque cathedral. After exploring Calle Mayor, visit Castell de Cardona. This Middle Age castle features exquisite austere lines and imposing fortifications typical of Catalan Romanesque architecture. 

How to Get There: The most convenient way is to take the bus from Ronda Universitat through Manresa, heading for Cardona.
Average journey duration: 2 hours and 49 minutes
Hassle-free option: Book This Medieval Villages Day Tour


Blending history and culture in a way only Spain can, the captivating town of Besalú is hands down a worthy competitor for the best Barcelona day trip destination. Taking full advantage of its location on the edge of rugged cliffs overlooking the coast, it’s an absolute visual treat.

Strolling its uneven, narrow streets is a literal walk back in time, and there are many mediaeval buildings to admire while you do. The cobbled streets of its old quarter lead to an icon of the city, the 12th-century Romanesque bridge stretching across the Fluvià River.

Museum lovers don’t miss the opportunity to explore the Museum of Miniatures, showcasing the region’s past in minute detail. End your time in Besalú with a stop at Mikvah, an ancient Jewish bathhouse and a former synagogue.

How to Get There: Convenience wins by taking the direct bus from Barcelona Banyoles to Besalú.
Average journey duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Hassle-free option: Book This Besalú & Medieval Towns Tour

Arenys de Mar

Summertime in Spain, and especially around Barcelona, is near-perfect. Actually completely perfect. And if you want to venture out of the city to bask in all the coastal Costa Brava bliss, you can head for the authentic Catalan village of Arenys de Mar.

Back in the 16th century, Arenys de Mar was an affluent fishing port and defensive position. You can still see some of the military towers around the dock. Stop by the Iglesia de Santa Maria church to see its collection of reredos, and then head to the unique lacemaking museum, Museu Mares de la Punta.

How to Get There: Get on the direct train from the Arc de Triomf station heading for Arenys de Mar.
Average journey duration: 49 minutes
Hassle-free option: Book This Costa Brava Day Tour


A Barcelona to Andorra day trip is one you’ll never forget. Sitting high in the eastern Pyrenees Mountains, the tiny principality of Andorra is a lush and majestic escape.

If you want to indulge in some retail therapy (duty-free), head to the Centre Termolúdic Caldea. For more conventional wellness treatments, visit The Caldea Spa Complex, the biggest in southern Europe.

There’s plenty to see if you love ancient architecture, as Andorra features numerous Romanesque chapels. If you’re after a hiking day trip from Barcelona, don’t skip the UNESCO-listed Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley.

How to Get There: Get a bus ticket from Estació de Sants to Andorra la Vella Bus Station. 
Average journey duration: 3 hours
Hassle-free option: Book This 3 Countries in 1 Day Tour

Colonia Güell

Colonia Güell

A fascinating spot to explore, the purpose-built industrial village of Colonia Güell is a great option for a city to visit near Barcelona. You might recognise the name, as the town came into being thanks to the tycoon partially responsible for Park Güell, Eusebi Güell, in 1980.

Enlisting the help of Antoni Gaudi to design and oversee the construction of the colony’s church, unfortunately, it didn’t get that far. The entire territory is now a UNESCO-listed site where you can roam around and explore for hours as you make your way through abandoned factory workers’ houses and castle ruins.

How to Get There: Hop on the S-33, S-8, or S-4 train lines departing from Barcelona Sants Station.
Average journey duration: 30 minutes
Hassle-free option: Book This Private Full-Day Gaudi Tour

Lloret de Mar

Lloret de Mar 

Sure, the countryside around Barcelona is all showstopping day trip options. But where to head out of town if you’re after a vibrant party scene and nightlife? Well, the seaside resort town of Lloret de Mar along the Costa Brava is an easy answer.

A favoured spot for backpackers and intrepid travellers who want to party on a budget, the town features more than 100 bars and pubs. You can also explore some historical sites such as the Cathedral Iglesia de Sant Roma, or for something more unique, venture to the hill-top Renaissance Santa Clotilde Gardens.

How to Get There: Snatch a seat on a bus from Barcelona Nord to Lloret de Mar.
Average journey duration: 1 hour
Hassle-free option: Book This Lloret de Mar Catamaran Tour

Tossa de Mar

Sticking to Costa Brava, next up is the fairytale fishing village of Tossa de Mar, a local and international favourite, especially during the summer months. Here you’ll find the perfect combination of old and new in its historic quarter that meets modern beach town.

Kick off your trip with a stop in the town’s Gothic quarter, brimming with Roman archaeological sites, then over to its beach. Stroll until you reach the end of the coastline to find Castle Vila Vella perched on the hilltop. If you fancy a short hike from the castle, you get breathtaking views of the Mediterranean.

How to Get There: With no direct trains, grab a seat on the bus for Tossa de Mar departing from Barcelona Nord.
Average journey duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Hassle-free option: Book This Tossa de Mar Costa Brava Tour


A quintessential off-the-beaten-path town that offers something different, Begur is one of the best day trips from Barcelona. Boasting a distinct Cuban influence, courtesy of Begurencs build work, indulge in its relaxed atmosphere.

Stop by the crumbling Begur Castle, dating back to the 11th century, of which only the foundations remain today. Still, it’s an idyllic spot for a stroll and offers many great places for a few Instagram-worthy photos of the gorgeous surrounding region. Nearby you can also head to a beauty of a beach, Cala Fonda. 

How to Get There: Book a bus seat leaving Barcelona Nord directly for Begur.
Average journey duration: 3 hours
Hassle-free option: Book This Costa Brava Medieval Villages Tour

Vilanova i la Geltrú

Sitting close to Sitges, you’ll stumble upon the inviting seaside town of Vilanova i la Geltrú along the Costa del Garraf. Its main draw is its beaches; you’ll immediately understand why once you see them.

There are numerous boutique stores, one-of-a-kind restaurants, and a breathtaking yacht marina to explore. As for culture, you’ll find heaps of it in the Old Town area and during a visit to the Railway Museum. End off your day here at the Biblioteca-Museu Víctor Balaguer, a Catalonian fine arts museum.

How to Get There: Get on the train from Passeig De Gracia Station to Vilanova i la Geltrú. 
Average journey duration: 50 minutes
Hassle-free option: Book This Guided Sitges Vilanova Coast Tour 

Practical Tips for Easy Day Trips From Barcelona, Spain 

  • Keep in mind that you’re off on full-day trips. Pack accordingly, especially if you’re going to the beach. Lots of water and a sunhat please! 
  • Include some popular destinations and some lesser-known ones to make your trip unique.
  • Grab a Renfe Spain Pass to get discounts on your train trips around the country.

Map of Day Tours from Barcelona

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