Best Barcelona Day Trips

As if Barcelona didn't have enough sights and attractions to keep you busy on your vist, there are also some fantastic day trips just outside the city which are well worth visiting if you have the luxury of a longer stay.

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1. Sitges is a small coastal town, located in a cove with an impeccable beach, and a great climate - it almost always seems hotter in Sitges than Barcelona! Februry sees the amazing Carnaval which is an all night party with parades and drag queens galore! The town also hosts an International film festival each November, and has some great bars and restairants. Take the train to sitges from Sants Estació in the direction of the Airport.

BCN Rentals Tip! Go up to the church and explore the surroundings, to see the cannons from the Spanish Armada and civil war.

2. Casteldefels is just a little further along from sitges, and has 2 great beaches - one just a short walk from the lazy town centre and the other on the train stop Platja (beach in Catalan). Both beaches are much less crowded than Barcelona's beaches and really relaxing with that out-of-town feel to them. Well reccomended.

BCN Rentals Tip! Don't forget to stock up on water and sun block when travelling to the beaches, especially with smaller children.

3. Montserrat means "the serrated mountain" and is a great day trip out from Barcelona, at around 45 minutes. On the top of the mountain is a monastery with a fantasic choir, various walkways to explore the hights and admire the views and the famous Black Madonna. The monks are very accomodating and part of the fun of visiting Montserrat is getting there. Take the train from Plaça Españya and then you can choose the cremellera or zip train (a train on cogs instead of rails) or the fantastic cable car ride to the top. Funicular trains can take you even further to the summit for some amazing views of Barcelona.

BCN rentals Tip! If you plan on staying for lunch, don't eat at the café next to the Monastery, but try a "Menu del Dia" in the town of Olesa de Montserrat, at the bottom - much better quality food at a fraction of the price!

4. Dali Museum. Salvador Dali is perhaps the joint most famous Spanish artist along with Pablo Picasso and his fantatic Museum is just a bus ride away in Figueras. The Museum which was Dali's house, has many of his most famous peices and gives an insight into the wacky Catalan artist's world and history. Well worth the visit. BCN Rentals Tip! Try and avoid weekends and school holidays which are particularly busy.

5. Cava Tours of the Penedes. The Penedes Region is just south of Barcelona, on the way to the Medieval city of Tarragona, but is also easily accesible by train. Take the train from Sants Estació to Sant Sadurni d'Anoia and you'll stop off directly in front of Freixenet, a beautiful historical Cava vineyard with antique car and ornate entrance. Cava tours are fantastic, and very thorough, and most of the vineyards have picnic facilities to make a real day of it.

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