Anyone have good ideas for a side day trip from Barcelona somewhere close by.
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.
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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 www.meetup.com 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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A few kilometers away from Barcelona is the quiet little village of
@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 www.bcnbylocals.com
Have fun and enjoy, Jahn