Best Day Tours from Barcelona. Best tours outside Barcelona

Best Day Tours from Barcelona

Updated February 2019

Which are the best places to visit on day tours from Barcelona?

Here are some of the favourite destinations outside the Barcelona for first time visitors.

Barcelona has many wonderful sights and attractions outside Barcelona which can be quite easily be visited by public transport or on half-day or full day tours from Barcelona.

On this page we have listed some the most popular day trips outside Barcelona. 

The biggest attraction near Barcelona is the Montserrat mountain mountain which is home to the Montserrat Abbey and shrine of the Montserrat Black Virgin "La Morenta". Montserrat welcomes around 2 million visitors a year. 

Montserrat is about 1 hour by car or on a half-day tour bus from Barcelona - it takes a little longer by train - maybe 1.5 to 2 hours depending on where you start in Barcelona.

The city of Girona is popular for its medieval gothic center, Roman past, the medieval Jewish quarter and also some filming locations from hit TV show Game of Thrones series 6.

If you really love Roman history, then head to the Roman ruins of Tarraco, which is modern day city Tarragona - here you can see the remains of its Roman amphitheatre, chariot racing circus and walls 

Also popular is the Costa Brava coastline which starts 1 hour north of Barcelona and continues all the way to France. The Costa Brava is a little more difficult to reach by train and bus but it can be done. The main attraction of the Costa Brava are the villages, cliffs, beaches and coves along the coastline.

If you have never seen snow or high mountains, then book a day tour to the majestic Pyrenees mountains and the tiny micro-state of Andorra.

Scroll down the page to see our tips for best day tours from Barcelona:

Montserrat mountain and Benedictine abbey
Costa Brava coastline, villages and beaches
Dali museums near Barcelona
Penedes wine and cava region
Priorat wine region
Sitges charming seaside village
Andorra & Pyrenees mountains
Tarragona Roman ruins and medieval quarter 
Girona with ancient Jewish quarter & Game of Thrones locations

All this and more can be seen on half-day or full day tours from Barcelona.

Most attractions outside Barcelona can easily be reached by the high-speed AVE train, by regular train, by regional bus.
If you want to avoid the hassle of planning and want to cut down travel time, then many companies offers day tours from Barcelona and small group day tours from Barcelona

1. Montserrat mountain & Virgin of Montserrat

Montserrat Mountains near Barcelona

Montserrat mountain and Montserrat Abbey 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. Montserrat monastery is also a key location in the bestselling author Dan Brown's new book 'Origin' published in October 2017.

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

2. Girona - City of Sieges & Game of Thrones

Visit Girona

Girona - City of Sieges & Game of Thrones. Girona is a historic jewel just over an hour north of Barcelona full of legend and beautry. No wonder it was chosen as a location for popular TV show Games of Thrones series 6. Girona is famous for its colourful hanging houses over the River Onyar, for the well preserved medieval Jewish quarter and for the walled Old Quarter (Barri Vell) with its dramatic history dating back to Roman times.

About Girona
Photo gallery Girona, Spain
Small group tour Girona and Costa Brava from Barcelona
Small group Girona Half-day Tour  from Barcelona
Large group Day tour Girona, Figueres, Dali Museum
Go to Girona yourself by train

3. Costa Brava coast and beaches

Costa Brava day tours Barcelona

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.

Pictures Costa Brava coast
Small group Girona / Costa Brava tour
Small group Costa Brava day tour

4. Andorra, France & Pyrenees Mountains


Andorra and the Pyrenees mountains. There is no direct train or air link to Andorra which is a tiny country nestled in the Pyrenees mountains bordered by Spain and France. You can take a bus from Barcelona to visit Andorra but it's not really practical for a 1 day tour.

The best way to see Andorra in one day from Barcelona is to book a full day tour from Barcelona. There is an excellent tour called the Three countries tour.

It starts 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 & Pyrenees Mountains
Day Tour to Andorra from Barcelona

5. 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 is Colonia Iulia Urbs Triumphalis Tarraco) 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
Small Group Tour Roman ruins Tarragona

6. Sitges beach resort 


Sitges is a charming sea-side resort known as the St Tropez of Spain. Sitges is just south of Barcelona and can easily visited by train from Barcelona. Sitges is somewhere to enjoy for a few hours on the beach in the summer or just as a day out of Barcelona. It's most popular to visit in warmer months and bathing is comfortable from end May to end September

Sitges is a village so it has a tiny historic center with a couple of local museums, a nice church and a lovely promenade for walks. 

There are small group tours to Sitges but mostly as a stop on the way back from a visit to either the wine areas of Catalonia or Montserrat mountains. Generally tourists visit Sitges in the summer.

About Sitges
Pictures Sitges
Go to Sitges yourself by train

7. Dali museums near Barcelona

Dali museum Figueres

There are 3 Dalí musuems near Barcelona which is called the Dalí Triangle. All three Dalí musuems are in the Girona province of Catalonia, Spain. The most popular is the world famous Salvador Dalí Theatre-Museum which is also the biggest Dalí museum which is in his birth town of Figueres. Figueres is the capital of the county of Alt Empordà, in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain. This museum is best reached by train or by tour bus. It's very popular in the summer and they don't sell skip-the-line tickets, so the only way to skip lines is to book a tour in advance. The other smaller but equally fascinating Dalí musuems are the Dalí house-museum in Port Lligat, where Dalí and his wife Gala lived for most of their lives. Port Lligat or Portlligat is a coastal village in a small bay on Cap de Creus peninsula, on the Costa Brava of the Mediterranean Sea, in Cadaqués in the Alt Empordà country, in Girona province of Catalonia, Spain. The third and least known and least visited is the Gala Dalí house-museum in Pubol, where his wife, Gala Dalí resided alone for the last years of her life. Púbol is a village county of Baix Empordà, in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain. There are no Dalí museums in Barcelona.

About Figueres
About Salvador Dali
Full Day tour Girona, Figueres & Dali museum
Half-day Tour High speed train + Dali Museum (April to Nov)
List of tours to Dali museums from Barcelona
Go to Figueres yourself by train

8. Port Aventura theme park & Ferrari land


Port Aventura is a big amusement theme park which is 1 hour south of Barcelona near Tarragona and Reus. PortAventura has Europe's biggest rollercoaster until in April 2017 a new themepark by PortAventura called Ferrari land opens with what will be the tallest and fastest rollercoaster in Europe. PortAventura also has a waterpark called Caribe Aquatic Park. To get to PortAventura theme parks take train or bus from Barcelona. When you have paid the entrance fee at PortAventura then all rides are free. Caribe Aquatic Park and Ferrari Land are a separate theme parks. We recommend you use a full day to enjoy Port Aventura and 2 if you want to include Caribe Aquatic Park and Ferrari Land

About Port Aventura
Caribe Aquatic Park
TICKETS bus day trip to Port Aventura
TICKETS PortAventura theme park
Tickets Ferrari land PortAventura
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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Last Updated on Thursday, 14 February 2019 16:16