The city of Barcelona lasts for many days due to its great artistic, cultural and monumental wealth, but there are also many places around which you can go on an excursion.
Within the province of Barcelona there are very interesting and nearby places to make a little getaway during your visit to the city, but we also have other very interesting places in the neighboring provinces.
Here we make a summary of the best excursions to do from Barcelona, excursions that you can do with your car or thanks to a car rental company in Barcelona Sants.
The best excursions from Barcelona. Within the province
Without a doubt, Montserrat is the star excursion that you can do from Barcelona. Visiting the mountain of Montserrar is the visit most made by tourists and that we must recommend.
Montserrat is one of the symbols of Catalonia, it is located about 60 km from Barcelona and in it we can visit the Abbey and its museums. There is the Virgin of Montserrat, patron saint of Catalonia, and its surroundings are of great natural wealth.
In addition, you can get there in your own car, by commuter train after going up the rack railway, or by making an excursion to Montserrat by renting a car at the Barcelona Sants Train Station.
Santa Coloma de Cervelló and Colonia Güell
In the city of Barcelona you have numerous modernist buildings and monuments with which you will get an idea of the beauty of this art and the importance of Gaudí in the history of the city.
But in Santa Coloma de Cervelló, about 20 km from Barcelona, is the Colonia Güel l, one of Gaudí’s great masterpieces.
It is a church commissioned by the businessman Eusebi Güell giving Gaudí total freedom and which served as a test bed for the Sagrada Familia.
The result is spectacular and today it is one of the main attractions around Barcelona.
Sitges and the beaches of Barcelona
In the city of Barcelona itself you have very nice beaches where you can relax, but they are not the only ones and we recommend you visit the nearby cities with their wonderful beaches.
But among them we must also highlight Sitges, which not only has splendid beaches but we can also admire interesting buildings, palaces, monuments and museums.
Strolling through the old fishermen’s quarter of Sitges is a very interesting option as well as admiring the Church of San Bartolomeu, symbol of Sitges.
Calella or Casteldefells are other very pretty towns with beaches that are worth a visit.
The best thing to visit from Barcelona. other provinces
The city of Girona
The charm of the city of Girona is undeniable. Strolling through its streets, its Jewish quarter, visiting its famous Cathedral or admiring the houses that overlook the Onyar River, a great symbol of the city, is a unique experience.
Girona is very well connected with Barcelona, about 100km away, and it is a very interesting visit to do in a single day.
Although we recommend spending several days to get to know the province more in depth, with such interesting places as Besalú and the La Garrotxa region, the Camprodón Valley, the medieval towns of Bajo Ampurdán, Figueres, or Cap de Creus, with the beauty of Cadaques.
The city of Lleida
Lleida is a little further away, about 170km, so going and returning in a single day is less recommended.
But walking around Lleida is also a very pleasant experience thanks to its beautiful old town and the churches that are found in it.
We recommend spending more days in this city and from there making excursions to the Pyrenees and other towns in the province enjoying the famous Romanesque churches of Catalonia.
In any case, you can make an excursion to Lleida and get to know it.
Tarragona and Port Aventura
This is one of the most requested excursions from Barcelona, especially due to the possibility of visiting Port Aventura and the recently opened Ferrari Land.
Port Aventura is located near the tourist town of Salou, in an area with interesting beaches.
But we also recommend visiting Tarragona and discovering its Roman past and the monuments that we can find, such as the Cathedral.
If you want, you can take an excursion to Port Aventura and enjoy a great day.
Other places to visit near Barcelona
The offer of excursions that you can do from Barcelona is infinite since in a short distance you have an infinite number of places. You can go inland and enjoy its wonders or travel along the coast enjoying great towns and beaches.
Within the province of Barcelona we recommend going to Vilafranca del Penedés and visiting one of the wineries located there, the cradle of great wines and cavas.
There are also several very interesting monasteries such as the Monastery of San Cugat del Vallés or the Monastery of Sant Benet, both truly spectacular.
Other very interesting places are Terrassa and its modernist buildings or Vilanova i la Gertrú, with a great history among its streets.