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Barcelona: Montserrat Tour, Monastery & Optional Wine/Lunch

1. Barcelona: Montserrat Tour, Monastery & Optional Wine/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. Entry to the monastery is included in the tour price. 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 even better viewpoints of the monastery.  Travelers who booked the half-day tour option will return to Barcelona after the visit to Montserrat. If you chose a full-day tour option, you'll continue toward a beautiful boutique winery. Arrive at the winery and, depending on the food option you booked, enjoy a light tapas or multi-course lunch. Admire amazing views of the winery and Montserrat mountains as you feast on traditional foods of the region. After your meal, wander around the vineyards, learn about the wine-making process, and enjoy a wine tasting session, before traveling back to Barcelona.

From Barcelona: Costa Brava Kayaking and Snorkeling Day Trip

2. From Barcelona: Costa Brava Kayaking and Snorkeling Day Trip

Discover the Costa Brava on a day trip from Barcelona. Snorkel and Kayak in the Mediterranean. Explore caves and coves and learn about local flora and fauna. Savor a picnic in a stunning natural setting and end your experience with a refreshing drink at a bar in central Barcelona. Depart Barcelona 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 adventure, and enjoy a round of beer or sangria at a bar on arrival.

From Barcelona: Montserrat Half Day Guided Tour

3. From Barcelona: Montserrat Half Day Guided Tour

Explore the mountain of Montserrat on this day trip from Barcelona. Travel by bus to the mountain and take the cogwheel train to a viewpoint on top of the mountain. Visit the Benedictine Abbey and see the famed Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary. Depart from a conveniently located meeting point in Barcelona and relax on the drive into the peaceful Catalonian countryside. On the drive, listen to your guide share stories and anecdotes about the fascinating history of Montserrat and the religious influences of the site. Admire the luscious rolling landscapes from the minibus, before arriving at the region’s most famous mountain range, Montserrat. See its unique jagged edges and imposing structure. Ride the rack railway to the top of Montserrat. Take in stunning views across the mountain range once you reach the top. From here, visit the Benedictine Abbey and the Santa Maria de Montserrat, which houses the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary. Learn about the rich history of these beautiful buildings cut into the rock. Visit the famous Montserrat Monastery, where the image of the Mare de Déu de Montserrat is venerated. Widely and affectionately known as La Moreneta, she has been the patron saint of Catalonia since 1881. Have the option to see the Montserrat’s boys choir, one of the oldest in Europe, depending on the date and time of the tour.

Barcelona: Illa Fantasia Water Park Skip-the-Line Day Ticket

4. Barcelona: Illa Fantasia Water Park Skip-the-Line Day Ticket

Enjoy a whole day of fun at the Illa Fantasia Water Park, just 20 minutes from Barcelona, by train, bus or car. Illa Fantasia offers all kinds of exciting attractions on a 75,000-square-meter site, including 22 water attractions, 3 giant swimming pools, a playground and recreational areas. One of the most popular attractions, the pirate ship, in turn offers fun entertainment out of the water. Attractions and fun for the whole family, water spaces and games for children, adrenaline slides for young people and quiet spaces for everyone. Facilities include free parking, and a large area for picnics and barbecues if you wish to bring your own food. If you’d rather buy food at the park, you’ll find a number of restaurants offering different menu choices.

Barcelona: Port of Barcelona Eco Catamaran Cruise

5. Barcelona: Port of Barcelona Eco Catamaran Cruise

Sail from Port Vell in Barcelona and discover the beauty of the Mediterranean on a catamaran cruise. Enjoy a relaxed journey on an ecological catamaran with no noise and no vibrations. The catamaran departs from Port Vell, the city’s waterfront harbor. Sail by the Port of Barcelona, and enjoy the views while feeling the sea breeze.  Take a break from the hustle of the city, navigating calmly the waterfront of the city and its marina that opened in 1991. The boat has a bar service where you can purchase drinks, such as wine, champagne, water, soft drinks, beers, and snacks. Wait for the best time of the day and select the sunset hours to admire the golden views over the city.

Barcelona: PADI Discover Scuba Diving

6. 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 activity.

Barcelona: Catamaran Cruise with Live Jazz Music

7. Barcelona: Catamaran Cruise with Live Jazz Music

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.

Barcelona: Two-Hour Midday or Sunset Sailing Cruise

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

Soak up the views of Barcelona from the sea on a cruise along the seafront. Board a luxury yacht and enjoy the ambiance on board with an open bar and music. 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.

Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Visit & Lunch at a Farmhouse

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

Take a day trip from Barcelona to visit Monserat. Take in the mountain views, visit the famous monastery, then head to a local farmhouse for a delicious dinner. Begin in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia. Then journey to the natural splendor of Montserrat, Catalonia’s most emblematic mountain topped by a Benedictine Monastery. Montserrat is an ideal trip to spend a day in nature, just a few kilometers away from Barcelona. En route to the Monastery, admire the Massif of Montserrat, a multi-peaked rocky range packed with needle-shaped formations. Upon arrival, visit the Monastery, which was founded in the 10th century and still functions with 150 monks to this day.  It famously hosts the dark figure of La Moreneta, who is the patron saint of Catalonia. Your guide will explain the Monastery's history, which dates back nearly a thousand years. After the visit, you will have free time to buy a souvenir and take pictures. Next, visit a farmhouse with stunning views. Enjoy a delicious 3-course menu; consisting of salad, barbecued food (with vegetarian and halal options), and dessert. Following this adventurous day, return to the center of Barcelona by private transport.

Barcelona: 3 Countries in 1 Day Small-Group Tour

10. Barcelona: 3 Countries in 1 Day Small-Group Tour

On this full-day excursion, you’ll make an early start from Barcelona and soon be in the medieval Catalan village of Baga, surrounded by the rocky peaks of Cadi-Moixero National Park. Explore Baga’s central square and medieval church before crossing the border into France, where you will stop in the charming and beautiful ancient spa town of Ax-Les-Thermes. Your guide will recommend some of the best natural fountains to visit, and those best suitable for soaking your feet in. You'll then have free time to enjoy the healing waters, browse the local artisan shops and look out for a souvenir to remember your visit. After an hour of wandering around this typical French village, its time to choose from one of the many local restaurants for a traditional French lunch.  After lunch, you’ll take the scenic route over the Pyrenees Alps into neighboring Andorra, to the capital Andorra la Vella. You will have a little bit of time to visit Andorra la Vella’s tax-free shops for bargain-priced wine and souvenirs On the return drive, admire the Romanesque church of St. Climent and the stunning valley views before continuing on your way back to Barcelona, arriving in time for pre-dinner drinks and tapas or whatever else your evening holds.

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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What people are saying about Barcelona

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 5,110 reviews

We really liked this trip - our guide, Roger, was excellent, very informative. We had a little over two hours at the monastery, which was enough for a guided tour, the cathedral and the art museum. We only saw the madonna from far away - didn't know you had to reserve tickets for that ahead of time and there was a long line. Took the cable car down to meet the bus and then went to lunch. The lunch was plentiful and tasty and we had a nice chat with our group over wine. The groups are small, we had maybe a dozen people. Would recommend this tour!

Absolutely amazing. Oscar was our guide, he was great. We kayaked through rocks , into a cave and out into the sea. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. We received lunch and a free beer to end the trip. The journey to get there was in a very comfy coach with good AC. Would definitely recommend. Great value for money. The cues were absolutely beautiful.

Jorge delivered as promised. The atmosphere was safe, the music was mellow and the sunset was spectacular. Jorge did not talk too much, but he answered questions, made the refreshments and piloted the boat very professionally.

This trip is well worth doing. It was very well organised and guided, our guide Judith was fantastic. Fantastic!!!

Our guide was fantastic, really great experience!!