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Best Day Tours from Barcelona

Best Day Trips from Barcelona to attractions outside Barcelona. What to see outside Barcelona on half-day and day tours.

Here are our ten top ideas for the best things to see outside Barcelona and the top attractions near Barcelona. There are many things to see near Barcelona, so when you have seen all the top Barcelona city sights or if you just want a day outside the city to escape the noise and bustle of the city, then check out the many wonderful and interesting day tours from Barcelona to popular destinations near Barcelona.

Top destinations outside Barcelona include the fabulous Costa Brava coastline and beaches, the wine regions of the Penedes and Priorat, the UNESCO world heritage Montserrat mountain with the famous Virgin of Montserrat shrine, the charming coastal resort village of Sitges, the amazing scenary in the Pyrenees mountains of Andorra, the unique Tarragona Roman ruins or the charming medieval city of Girona with its ancient Jewish quarter where the TV series Game of Thrones was filmed in a recent series. 

All this and more can be seen on half-day or full day tours from Barcelona. Below you can find some ideas for popular day tours from Barcelona or half-day tours.  Some of them can be reached by the high-speed AVE train, by regular train, by regional bus - or if you want to avoide the hassle of planning and want to cut travel time, then book tours from Barcelona or small group day tours from Barcelona. Don't miss an opportunity to visit some of these lovely spots near Barcelona. 

1. Montserrat mountain & Virgin of Montserrat

Montserrat Mountains near Barcelona

Montserrat is a world class tourist attraction and an area of great natural beauty and spirituality very close to Barcelona. See the unique rock formations of Montserrat. Take mountain trains and enjoy beautiful views stretching to the Pyrenees mountains and the Mediterranean sea. Visit the Monserrat monastery and basilica which has a thousand years of history. Perfect for day tours and half-day tours.

Half-day small group tour to Montserrat from Barcelona
Montserrat and Torres Winery Day Tour 
About Montserrat mountain
Pictures Montserrat mountain
Go to Montserrat mountain yourself by train (combo tickets)

2. Costa Brava coast and beaches


Visit the beautiful villages and beaches of the famous Costa Brava coastline of Catalunya that starts just 1 hour north of Barcelona. In the winter you can enjoy the stunning scenery and in the summer you enjoy a swim in the crystal clear waters of the Costa Brava beaches and coves.

Photos Costa Brava beaches and coast
Book Small Group Day Tour to Costa Brava coast

3. Andorra, France & Pyrenees Mountains


Andorra and the Pyrenees mountains. You can take a bus yourself from Barcelona and visit Andorra. Or spend a day tour in three countries in one day. Start in Spain, then visit France and Andorra and the beautiful Pyrenees mountains on a day tour from Barcelona to Andorra. Andorra is a small country entirely situated in the Pyrenees on the border between France and Spain. On a day road trip from Barcelona you will spend a unique and wonderful day crossing three country borders and mountain passes in one day while enjoying fantastic views, mountain roads and romanesque churches.

Pictures Andorra and Pyrenees Mountains
Book Small Group Day Tour to Andorra, France and Pyrenees
Book Small Group Day Tour to Pyrenees mountains

4. Tarragona & Roman ruins of Tarraco


Tarragona is a beautiful coastal city just 1 hour south of Barcelona by car or train. It is the capital of the Spanish province of the same name and the capital of the Catalan comarca Tarragonès. Tarragona was the most important Roman city and the Roman capital city of Spain.  The Roman imperial city was called Tarraco (full name Colonia Iulia Urbs Triumphalis Tarraco and there are many impressive roman ruins in Tarragona, including the Amphitheatre of Tarragona (pictured above), the Roman circus and the Roman aqueduct. The Roman ruins of Tarraco have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

About Tarragona, Spain
Book small group Day Tour to Tarragona

5. Girona - City of Sieges

Visit Girona

Girona is a historic jewel just over an hour north of Barcelona full of legend and beautry. No wonder they chose it to film popular TV show Games of Thrones in 2015. Girona is famous for its colourful hanging houses over the River Onyar, for the well preserved Medieval Jewish quarter and the walled Old Quarter (Barri Vell) with history dating back to Roman times..

About Girona
Photo gallery Girona, Spain
Book small group Girona Half-day Tour  from Barcelona
Book Day tour Girona, Figueres, Dali Museum
Go to Girona yourself by train

6. Sitges - the St Tropez of Spain


Sitges is a charming sea-side resort known as the St Tropez of Spain. Sitges is just south of Barcelona and can be visited by train or on a small group tour usually in connection with a visit to the wine areas of Catalunya or Montserrat mountains.

About Sitges

Pictures of Sitges
Book half-day tours to Sitges
Go to Sitges yourself by train

7. Dali museums in Figueres, Portlligat & Pubol

Dali museum Figueres

Dali Triangle near Barcelona. Step into the world of Dali in Spain. In the birth city of of Figueres you can visit the world famous Salvador Dalí Museum. Then to complete the Dali Triangle visit his house-museum in Port Lligat and the Gala Dali house-museum in Pubol, both in the Costa Brava area.

About Figueres
About Salvador Dali
Bus tour Girona, Figueres & Dali museum
Half-day tour High speed train + Dali Museum (April to Nov)

Go to Figueres yourself by train

8. Port Aventura theme park


Port Aventura is a big amusement theme park and water park 1 hour south of Barcelona near Tarragona and Reus. It has Europe's biggest rollercoaster and in 2016 Ferrari will open new hotels and ride at Port Aventure.  To get there take train or bus. When you have paid the entrance fee then all rides are free. You need a full day to enjoy Port Aventura.

About Port Aventura
TICKETS bus day trip to Port Aventura
TICKETS PortAventura theme park
Train information Port Aventura

To get to these destinations and many more day trips from Barcelona visit  our Barcelona tour page and we also invite you to visit one of our partners, the small group tour specialist

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