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Sally from San Francisco asked

Side trips out of town in Feb

Anyone have good ideas for a side day trip from Barcelona somewhere close by. 

Barcelona (Spain)

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answered first by
Crystal from Anchorage


Barcelona has a bunch of great day trips you can make from the city.

Girona is usually the first place recommend, and for good reason. It is a beautiful medieval city with colorful houses and cobble streets. It's a great place to walk, drink wine, and eat tapas.

Figueres is also a popular choice. It is just just Girona and is home to the Dalí Theatre-Museum, which is a place Salvador Dali himself owned during his life. He is apparently buried in a crypt under the stage. Be sure to check out the castle as well.

If beaches is what you are after, consider Sitges. It is close to the city and has a bunch of places to choose from. You would also be able to admire the architecture in town with many historic routes to follow.

Happy travels!

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There is a viator (I normally hate guided tours) that goes to the Dali Museum and onto Cadeques, a quaint little seaside town and to nearby Port Litges where Dali lived. It's a wonderful 10 hour day and you are dropped off and left alone to do the tour of the museum. You can choose to stay in Cadeques for a few hours or get dropped off about 10 minutes away at Dali's home. I have recommended this trip to several people and all of them have enjoyed it. If you don't have a rental car, this is a wonderful way to explore a couple of other areas near Barcelona. You could not see both locations by train in one day. Sitges is wonderful too.

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answered by
Norm from San Francisco, California

I lived there two years and miss it terribly. I envy you because Barcelona is an amazing city.

Leave the car in the garage. You can get to these places by train or bus

Girona (the annual flower festival is amazing)

Figueres (the Dali Museum)

Cadaques (Tour Dali's house and experience the amazing blue of the ocean.)

Wine tour to Penedès-Priorat

Sant Boi De Llobregat for the Artichoke Festival

Montserrat (the monastery is great but better to hike to the top of St. Jeroni for a spectacular view. Allow 4 hours for the hike).


Some lovely hikes in Serra de Collserola Natural Park which is the mountain/park to the North of the city.

I remember a place reachable by train called El Merendero in the town of Les Planes where you rent a concrete barbeque pit, with grill, and wood. (Most people living in Barcelona living in an apartment don't have a place to cook outdoors. Either know someone with a attico con terrazza or head to this park.)

There are like 100 of these concrete pits lined up side by side on both sides of this  "building". Bring some meat to cook. Rabbit is delicious if you've never tried it. There are tables where you can enjoy your food. Bring paper plates, utensils, napkins. You can buy beer, soda and water there.

There is a lovely village an hour by train from Barcelona called Figaró-Montmany. Population 1,200. There are some nice hikes that leave from this village. Trails in Spain are well marked, but get a good map and guidebook if you plan to go hiking without a guide.

Before you leave join for Barcelona for tons of events, hikes, dances, etc. where you will be with locals, not tourists.

The Barcelona Outdoors and Hiking Group on Meetup is very popular. They go to places by car and those with cars share expenses with the car-less.

But their events book quickly (especially the ski trips to Andorra, sometimes within hours of being posted. With the time difference, the best time to check is midnight to 3 am. (9 am to noon in BCN).

If you can't stay awake, check as soon as you awaken. Trips are posted many weeks in advance. Since you don't have a Spanish bank account to transfer money to the organizer, you'll need to use PayPal. Contact the organizer for how to prepay to hold your space.

For hikes, you'll need a backpack for water, as you might need both hands to scramble over rocks.

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  3. Cadaques (city)
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  6. Montserrat (attraction)
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answered by
Diego from Fortaleza, Brazil

Province of Girona is a little town close to Barcelona if you want to spend a day over there. 

If going this summer, Sitges is another beach around 1 hour (maybe 45 minutes) from Barcelona.

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answered by
Gery from Brussels

A few kilometers away from Barcelona is the quiet little village of Premià de Dalt, where you can enjoy the traditional life of rural Catalunya. If you are looking for accommodation, Can Casadellà is a very charming 19th-century mansion with typical guest rooms, surrounded by a nice historical garden.

The beautiful Parc de la Serralada Litoral nearby, on the Maresme coastline, lets you discover lovely rounded hills, enchanting old villages, medieval castles and very ancient human settlements (Neolithic period).

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answered by
Jahn from Barcelona

Hi Sally 


@Sitges, @Figueres and @ Girona are all worth a trip.  

Make sure to visit Sitges at the right time to eat at @elcablebar.  


You will find a free three day guide and maybe my book with a lot of ideas at 


Have fun and enjoy, Jahn

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