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Over Gaudi? Don’t fret. The following are five great places to visit with Barcelona car rental…
Montserrat mountain is famous for being one of Barcelona’s most tried and tested day trip destinations. It is one of the best places to experience Catalonia’s great landscapes first hand. Montserrat’s scenery is truly mesmerising. From pointy, zig-zag mountains to jagged rock pillars, there is hardly a piece of land that isn’t worth photographing in these parts. Montserrat is a favourite with hikers and climbers who delight in its challenging landscapes. There’s more to Montserrat than just rugged good looks however. The mountain is also home to the Santuari de La mar de Déu, the “Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montserrat”, whose history goes back over 1000 years.
If you have time to explore, you might also like to check out the Monestir de Montserrat, one of Spain’s most famous monasteries. Those who want to extend their trip will find a small camp site located nearby called Area Esportiva I D’Acampada.
Montserrat distance from Barcelona: 60km
Sitges is one of the prettiest resort on the Costa Dorada and is famous for its long white beaches where visitors enjoy leisurely strolls along the sea and admire the white-washed houses. Other highlights of Sitges include the museums of Cau Ferrat and Maricel, as well as the old quarter.
Sitges distance from Barcelona: 27km
Figueres is a quiet little town with a population of around thirty thousand people. Indeed it is sleepy enough to be overlooked in travel plans – if it wasn’t for the Museu Dali, Salvador Dali’s fantastically surreal, self-styled museum.
Thursday is a good day to visit the town if you plan on seeing more than the museum. Every Thursday there is a large open air market offering a selection of local products and an impressive assortment of crafts.
Meanwhile, a walking tour of the town will lead you to Magre street and Placa de la Llana which is situated in one of the oldest parts of the city and was once a Jewish quarter. The Jews are known to have arrived in Figueres in the late 13th century in answer to a re request by Crown Prince Peter.
Figueres distance from Barcelona: 140km
Tarragona has an enviable position to the south of Catalonia, on the Mediterranean Sea. It is regarded as the capital of the Spanish province of the same name.
Tarragon is home to one of the most famous ports in Spain as well as a host of universities including the Universitat Rovira i Virgili.
Tarragona offers plenty of options for day-trippers. Not only is it the home of the Tarraco archaeological site, it is also located close to the resort of Salou as well as the thrilling Universal Studios theme park called Port Aventura.
Tarragona distance from Barcelona: 95km
Many guidebooks refer to Girona as Barcelona’s calmer, quieter little sister and it’s easy to see why. There’s no denying that the cities have a lot in common – both are home to beautiful medieval old towns, leafy avenues with beautiful Modernista architecture, fantastic shopping and ambient bars and restaurants. Girona, however is much smaller and compact than its neighbour, making it the ideal destination for a daytrip.
Girona distance from Barcelona: 84km