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Our most recommended Barcelona Day Trips

  • Barcelona: Montserrat Tour w/ Optional Wine Tasting & Lunch

    1. Barcelona: Montserrat Tour w/ Optional Wine Tasting & Lunch

    Experience an unforgettable guided group tour to Montserrat, Catalonia's most famous mountain range. Take in the beauty of its natural rolling landscape and discover the history and traditions of its medieval monastery. After your bus journey from Barcelona, board the cogwheel train up to the monastery and admire the beautiful nature and iconic multi-peaked mountain range of Montserrat. Once at the monastery, your guide will take you on a walking tour of the historical center of the complex. Learn about the rich history of the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, an 11th-century monastery that still functions to this day, with over 70 monks. Use the allotted free time to wander freely and visit the famous Black Madonna and see paintings by Picasso, El Greco, and Dali at the Montserrat Museum. During your free time, you can also ride the funicular train up the side of the mountain to get ...

    The guide was great, my only critique is that we barely spent any time at montserrat and the overall tour was far more wine dominant than I'd anticipated. Should probably be renamed to "wine tour with expedited montserrat sampling" but aside from that it was great, I did enjoy both montserrat and the wine tour as well as the food and our guide was excellent.

  • Barcelona: Helicopter, Walking, and Sailing 360º City Tour

    2. Barcelona: Helicopter, Walking, and Sailing 360º City Tour

    Explore Barcelona from different perspectives on a half-day tour by land, sea, and air. Start with a walk through the Old Town. Meet your guide near Passeig de Gràcia, then continue walking, passing houses designed by Antoni Gaudí, before arriving at the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic). Continue to Plaça de Sant Jaume to see the imposing government buildings of the Town Hall and Palace of the Generalitat of Catalonia. Wander into the old Jewish Quarter, to see the picturesque church of Santa Maria del Pi. Take a promenade down the tree-lined Ramblas on the way to Port Vell. Here, board the boat and sail along the coast for panoramic views of the city’s skyline and the Mediterranean Sea. Marvel at the monument to Christopher Columbus pointing to the Americas as you transfer by van to the heliport. Glide up into the sky by helicopter, and enjoy indescribable views of Port Vell, Barcelonet...

    A great value for the cost! Of course a tour is only as good as it’s guide, an ours was excellent, and good company!

  • Barcelona: Catamaran Trip Along Port Vell

    3. Barcelona: Catamaran Trip Along Port Vell

    Navigate to Barcelona and feel the Mediterranean, respecting the environment aboard this ecological catamaran (no noise and no vibrations). The catamaran departs from Port Vell, the city’s waterfront harbor, which is next to the 60 meter-tall monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus, at the bottom of Las Ramblas. Visit the Port of Barcelona, and enjoy the panoramic view of Barcelona while feeling the sea breeze. During the journey, you will cruise along the city’s most ancient harbor. The vessel will sail to the open sea and you’ll be able to appreciate Barcelona’s skyline from the water and its marina opened in 1991. Do not forget your camera to take beautiful photos. Inside the boat has bar service and bathrooms

    At first we were wondering if we actually see anything else other than the port itself. But in the end we had a fun ride with some waves =D

  • Barcelona Main Sights 2.5-Hour Tour by E-Bike

    4. Barcelona Main Sights 2.5-Hour Tour by E-Bike

    Depart the Arc de Triomf and ride through the historic neighborhood of El Born. Stop at the maritime church of the Basilica of Santa María del Mar, and then continue to the lively district of El Raval. Journey through more than 2,000 years of history as you see monuments such as the cathedral and city hall on Plaça de Sant Jaume. Cycle to La Rambla del Raval to take a souvenir photo of the El Gat del Raval statue by Fernando Botero. Then, make your way towards the beach and Port Olympic. Pedal along the seafront promenade to Rambla del Poblenou, where attractions include the National Theater by Ricardo Bofill.

    Wonderful bike ride! Great way to see the city! The guide gave us great recommendations for where to explore! Would love to do it again!

  • Barcelona: Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Live Music

    5. Barcelona: Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Live Music

    Spend 1.5 hours sailing on a stunning 78-foot catamaran cruise along the Barcelona coast. Experience the best way to watch the sun set over Barcelona while relaxing and listening to the live jazz on board. Take in views of the city’s skyline and beaches and capture some spectacular images as the light changes at this time of day. Feel at one with nature and connect to the sea, and lie down just 1 meter (3.3 feet) above the water on the nets area. Sit back and relax with a cold drink in luxury and comfort available from the onboard bar. Once the crew has hoisted the sails, you’ll soon be sailing silently along the coast and enjoying the stunning views.

    The water was really choppy and I wish they had a server bringing drinks out and taking orders. I was too nervous to get up and get another drink once we were out on the water. Several people got soaking wet and I’m sure the wind made them cold. There were a group of ladies that took over the whole boat posing and doing cheesy photo ops. It was annoying but also entertaining to watch.

  • Barcelona: 1.5-Hour Jazz and Chill Out Catamaran Cruise

    6. Barcelona: 1.5-Hour Jazz and Chill Out Catamaran Cruise

    Climb aboard a catamaran and enjoy a cold drink while listening to the sounds of the sea on a relaxing cruise off the coast of Barcelona. Sit back in comfort and soak up the vibes as you escape the hustle and bustle of the city center and sail across the ocean waves. Cruise along the amazing coastline to see the splendid buildings and architecture from a different perspective. Make new friends as you soak up the sun and wind down after a busy day of seeing the sights. Chill out to the sound of the music and calming sea as you sip a nice cold drink and take in the views.

    Loved it! We got there early to ensure our place on the nettings & the view was just beautiful- drinks were reasonably priced, not absurd as some reviews made it seem. Only qualm would be the jazz music, the saxophone player only did 3 songs and they were quite short so just be aware of that, otherwise it was so romantic!

  • Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Visit & Lunch at a Farmhouse

    7. Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Visit & Lunch at a Farmhouse

    Your experience begins in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia, before journeying to experience the natural splendor of Montserrat, Catalonia’s most emblematic mountain which is topped by a Benedictine Monastery. Montserrat is an ideal trip to spend a fun day in nature, just a few kilometers away from Barcelona. On the way to the Monastery, admire the Massif of Montserrat, a spectacular multi-peaked rocky range packed with unique needle-shaped formations. Upon arrival, you can visit the Monastery, which was founded in the 10th century and still functions with 150 monks to this day. It is also well-known for hosting the figure of La Moreneta (the dark one), who is the patron saint of Catalonia — visit subject to current wait times. Your guide will bring history alive by explaining the history and ventures of this Monastery, which dates back nearly a thousand years. After the visit, you wi...

    What an amazing day we had today. Our guide Flavio took us to Montserrat and explained things so well. He had tickets prepared for those who wanted to see the Madonna and he also took a group on the hike to the cross. He told us about the museum and I’m so thankful. That museum was awesome with Dali, Picasso, Renoir and Monet. Such a find! Then we went down the cable car and then to an amazing lunch with many courses and variety. This is the way to see Monserrat. My mom came two years ago and didn’t get to see what we got to see today. If I could give 10 stars I would! Thank you so much for the awesome day!

  • Barcelona: Two-Hour Midday or Sunset Sailing Cruise

    8. Barcelona: Two-Hour Midday or Sunset Sailing Cruise

    Enjoy beautiful views of Barcelona from the sea as you cruise along the seafront in a luxury yacht. Your trip starts from the very heart of the city. Before setting sail from the spectacular marina, determine your itinerary as a crew. Then leave the land far behind and begin an exciting journey of discovery.  Cruise three or four miles offshore, and take your time to unwind. Feel free to get involved in the running of the yacht and even the planning and navigation. Admire Barcelona's beautiful skyline from open water; enjoy the views of the beach as you travel into stunning blue waters. Feel refreshed with light snacks, cool drinks and – weather permitting – a swim in the sea. The yacht is fully equipped and meets all standards of comfort and safety. Relax with friends and family, and create unforgettable memories together.

    One of the best experiences my friends and I could ask for! We were able to sail out to sea, swim in the Mediterranean and see amazing views of Barcelona. The skipper was very generous making the experience very memorable. 100% recommend!

  • From Barcelona: 6-Hour Costa Brava Kayak and Snorkel Tour

    9. From Barcelona: 6-Hour Costa Brava Kayak and Snorkel Tour

    Depart Barcelona at 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM or 4:00 PM, and journey along the Costa Brava for approximately 1 hour to reach the start point of your exciting kayak and snorkel adventure. Upon arrival at the beach, get outfitted with all the necessary equipment and listen to the instructions from your guide. Explore secluded beaches and rocky caves by kayak, and swim and snorkel among the native marine life. Encounter volcanic cliffs towering above the shimmering waters, brimming with fish, sea urchins, coral formations and more. Along the way, enjoy a picnic lunch and complimentary water, and get plenty of free time to chill out on a white sand beach. Head back into the heart of Barcelona at the end of your 6-hour adventure, and enjoy a round of beer or sangria at a bar on arrival.

    The trip was good and as planned. We asked for vegan food in advance (there was an option for dietary requirements when booking), but the guide has not been informed about this. Fortunately, he bought some food for us in a restaurant.

  • Barcelona: PADI Discover Scuba Diving

    10. Barcelona: PADI Discover Scuba Diving

    This "try dive" is an activity recommended for scuba beginners. This experience lasts three hours, the first 35 minutes of which will consist of a briefing on how the equipment works, how to communicate underwater using hand signals, and how the tour will go. Afterwards, get fitted in the provided wetsuit and boots in the changing room. When you get to the water, your guide will break up the activity step by step, and you'll have plenty of time to get used to each one at your own pace. Starting from the beach makes everything easier, especially for your ears as you'll have more time to get used to the pressure. In general, you can stay under the water for about an hour — this, of course, depends on you because the faster you breathe, the quicker you'll go through the air in your tank. During the dive, your guides will snap some photos and videos, so you will have a souvenir from the a...

    It was just amazing , the diving instructor was just so helpful, even though this was my first scuba diving experience they were so helpful. An easy must visit adventure recommendation.

5 best day trips from Barcelona

Day trip to Girona

1. Day trip to Girona

As one of the most historically significant cities in Catalonia, Girona is a popular choice among travelers for a day trip from Barcelona. Dating back to Roman times, every corner of the colorful city is full of history and amazing things to see. Fans of “Game of Thrones" may recognize the epic staircase of the stately Girona Cathedral. Some of the other most prominent points of interest in Girona are the labyrinthine Jewish Quarter, the Passeig de la Muralla, and the Rambla de la Libertad.

How far is Girona from Barcelona?

By road, the 103-kilometer (64 mile) trip to Girona usually takes around 75 to 90 minutes. High-speed trains, however, can get you there from Barcelona in just 40 minutes.

2. Day trip to Sitges

With 300 days of sun per year, the seaside city of Sitges is the ideal place for travelers from Barcelona to get out of the city and live the “good life." Best known for its Riviera lifestyle, people heading to the “St. Tropez of Spain" should reserve some time for lounging around the city’s 17 fantastic beaches, like Platja de l’Estanyol or Platja Sant Sebastiá. Those who want to venture beyond the shore can visit sites like the Cau Ferrat Museum, the Iglesia de Sant Bartomeu, and Casa Bacardí. And of course, don’t miss out on some of the freshest seafood Spain has to offer.

How far is Sitges from Barcelona?

Just 41 kilometers (25 miles) away, it’s quick and easy to get to Sitges from Barcelona. By train or by car, you can reach the beach in around 40 minutes.

Day trip to Tarragona

3. Day trip to Tarragona

An incredible combination of stunning vistas, historic sites, and pleasant beaches, a day in Tarragona makes for a truly special experience. Dating back to the 2nd-century B.C., the ancient port city has centuries of history and charm to offer travelers. A few of the must-see Roman sites include the Tarragona Amphitheater and the provincial Forum of Tarraco. Foodies can stop at the Plaça de la Font to enjoy dishes from the superb collection of eateries that line the square, while thrill seekers should make sure to head to Ferrari Land.

How far is Tarragona from Barcelona?

Head down the coast 100 kilometers (62 miles) to reach Tarragona. By car, the route usually takes one hour and 15 minutes (if you don’t stop to admire the view). On the train, you can get there in a little over an hour. The bus will take the longest, with travel times anywhere between one and a half to two hours.

Day trip to Montserrat

4. Day trip to Montserrat

For any traveler looking to venture beyond Barcelona, Montserrat is a visually striking and fascinating place to spend a day. The mountaintop destination is best known for its jagged peaks and the monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat, which houses the renowned Black Madonna statue. After a funicular ride up the mountain, visitors should take the time to check out the Museum of Montserrat and appreciate the awe-inspiring views. You can even hike up instead of taking the cable car if you’re feeling particularly active.

How far is Montserrat from Barcelona?

Montserrat is located 60 kilometers (37 miles) northwest of Barcelona. By car, the journey takes around one hour, while the train takes only 90 minutes. There is only one bus option to get to Montserrat. Departing from Sants Station in Barcelona, you will reach the mountain in about 90 minutes.

5. Day trip to Figueres

Visitors can expect a surreal day out and about in the Catalan town of Figueres. The birthplace of Salvador Dalí, Figueres is home to the artist’s self-designed museum — the second-most visited in Spain. Art buffs can view some of the Dalí’s most famous works at this strange and wonderful museum. Aside from surrealist art, Figueres has more to offer travelers, with attractions like Sant Ferran Castle, the Toy Museum of Catalonia, and Dalí’s old stomping grounds at the Duran Hotel and Restaurant.

How far is Figueres from Barcelona?

Figueres is located 140 kilometers (87 miles) north of Barcelona. On a high-speed train, you can be there in just an hour and 15 minutes, while regional trains take closer to two hours. By road, your travel time clocks in at around 90 minutes.

Barcelona day trip FAQ

What transportation option should I use on my day trip?

Deciding the best transportation option for your day trip from Barcelona can be difficult, but there are plenty of easy ways to travel around Spain to get you to your destination without a hitch.
  • • Barcelona day trips by train

    A comprehensive subway system within the city of Barcelona and great regional and high-speed rail make train travel a convenient and fast way to embark on a day trip. Some guided tours also include train transfer as part of the itinerary.

  • • Barcelona day trips by bus

    The bus is usually the most affordable transportation option, though it will often take the longest. However, traveling by bus gives you a truly local experience and plenty of time to soak up the scenery. Many guided tours include bus transportation, often with pickup directly from your hotel.

  • • Barcelona day trips by car

    Access to your own car is always a great way to travel around. A private vehicle allows you to venture off the beaten path and discover hidden gems along any route. Make a spontaneous stop to take in the view, or simply explore somewhere not served well by public transportation.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

A guided tour is one of the best ways to take a day trip from Barcelona. Many guided tours take care of transportation, navigation, tickets, and even let you skip long lines. Some tours also include meals, saving you the trouble of having to do virtually any planning so you can just sit back and relax. Guided tours are an especially good idea for day trips with multiple destinations or entry tickets.


What should I pack for my day trip?

Where you’re planning to go will be one of the biggest factors in what to pack for your trip. Some destinations from Barcelona have practically year-round temperate weather, while others may experience more extremes. The type of ticket or tour you book may also affect what to bring, since many tours may provide everything you need for the day.


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We took the 7 hours tour with Monserrat and wine tasting. We had a wonderful day and we would recommend it as a great tour combo. Toni was a very professional, friendly, funny guide with a lot of information.

It was just amazing , the diving instructor was just so helpful, even though this was my first scuba diving experience they were so helpful. An easy must visit adventure recommendation.

A great value for the cost! Of course a tour is only as good as it’s guide, an ours was excellent, and good company!

They came on time, good price, took exactly 50 mins, safe and not crowded

Everything was perfect and fun , they are the best