33 EPIC Day Trips from Barcelona (by car, bike and public transport)

33 EPIC Day Trips from Barcelona – including Cliff Jumping, Waterfalls and beaches

Day Trips from BarcelonaBarcelona as a city has everything to offer. It’s no surprise that there are as well numerous options for day trips from Barcelona.

From great food, ground breaking architecture to snowboarding in winter and beach volleyball in summer.

I was born in Barcelona and I know this Mediterranean pearl like no other city.

Me and my friends love to jump in the car to spend a weekend out of the city.

Need to rent a car? Compare car rentals with Discover Car Hire.

Don’t wanna go by car? I also cover many day trips by train and bike.

I have spent summers and winters snowboarding in the Pyrenees, jumping from cliffs into the sea, lakes and rivers, and much more.

One Week In Barcelona is the perfect amount of time to get to know the city AND surroundings.

You will find many articles such as:

With the Costa Brava in the North and cool things to do in the south, there are so many opportunities for day excursions.

Also, here is a big list of 18 luxury things to do in Barcelona and the one and only Lonely Planet Barcelona – up to date!

Therefore, I dedicated this full article only to cool day trips you can take from Barcelona.

And if you wanna have a blast in Barcelona, here is a full list of fun things to do in Barcelona.

33 great day trips from Barcelona

So, let us have a close look on these tours to enjoy a weekend or a few days away for the hustle and bustle.

All our suggestion can be reached by car or public transport. You can find all public transport with Omio.com. Again, for renting a car compare rates with discover car hire.

Pack your beach towel, put on your best travel shoes and hit the road.

Wanna enjoy these day trips a bit longer? You can stay in an Airbnb and extend your stay in the area. There are always plenty of things to do.

Turn on the music (check out our travel songs compilation), and…

Enjoy your trip!

1. Montserrat Mountain and Monastery

The Montserrat Mountain is a multi-peaked mountain, only a 1-hour train ride away.

This is a perfect activity for a day outside the city for every hiker and nature lover. The monastery at Montserrat Mountain is also worth it to visit.

There is a black Madonna you can visit – impressive stuff.

You can either take the cable car for going up the mountain or hike up.

There are day trips leaving from Barcelona to Montserrat – we recommend booking with BCN Travel, our trusted tour agency we always chose in Barcelona.

How to get here?

Easiest is a day tour! Check out the our full article on how to get to the Montserrat Monastery here.

The train leaves from Plaza Espanya, and your final train stop is Manresa.

Book Montserrat Tour here

Montserrat a sanctuary nearby Barcelona

2. Sitges (Beach and Restaurants)

Another great day trip is going to Sitges. The village is a popular, small beach destination in the south. Sitges is especially known for its carnival and is popular in the LGTB community.

There is a few nude beaches. In general, Sitges is great for beaches and nightlife.

You can come here by train.

There are different events happening in Sitges such as the Sitges Film Festival in October and the Sitges Carnival in February.

Check out the schedule for the Train to Sitges.

You can also come here by car and scooter/ motorbike.

My favorite: We recommend renting a Red Vespa. The road along the coast is beautiful, absolutely memorable. Experience in driving is recommended, though.

Here’s my guide on how to hire a scooter rental in Barcelona.

red Vespa along the coast

3. Tarragona (Colosseum and Old Town)

Even more south, you find Tarragona.

Back in the days of the Roman empire, Tarragona was more important than Barna. Today, you can visit a well-preserved Colosseum, a lovely, smallish town with own beaches.

Those beaches are also worth it to pay a visit.

Even better if you plan your visit in Tarragona during the Tarraco Viva festival.

Then you will experience yourself how the Roman life was.

Reaching Tarragona is very simple, you just need to take a train from Estacio de Sants.

Check out how to get around Barcelona, arrive at the train station, and enjoy the ride!

Cathedral and Cloister of Tarragona Devils Bridge in Tarragona; the Aquaduct near Tarragona The Amphitheatre in Tarragona; just a weekend trip away from Barcelona

4. Waikiki Beach next to Tarragona (Cala Fonda)

Talking about beaches next to Tarragona, there is the magical Waikiki Beach. For me, this is the most beautiful beach in the area of Barcelona.

The official name of Waikiki Beach is Cala Fonda.

However, the locals call it Waikiki Beach.

It requires some hiking to get here. There are no shops or beach bars nearby. And since it is a bit of a hassle to get here, you won’t find a super crowded beach.

Make sure you bring enough water and an umbrella.

How to get to Waikiki Beach in Tarragona?

We wrote an article about how to get to Waikiki Beach Tarragona from Barcelona.

Another advantage here: The sea is very shallow here. It is great for playing with a water ball and to swim with kids.

Waikiki Beach Tarragona - How to get here and to enjoy!

5. Day Trip to Dalí Museum, Girona and Besalu (Tour)

In our big guide to spend 7 days in Barcelona, we cover a full itinerary. We recommend to get out of town and explore Catalonia; so worth it!

Our favorite tour is the trip to the iconic Dali Musem in Figueres and to the two medieval towns of Girona and Besalu. I actually call the tour “Catalonia Tour“.

Dali Museum: One of the most unique museums I have visited in my life! Salvador Dalí Theatre and Museum in all is weird, quirky and a wonderful glory! Dali itself built it actually.

Girona: My 2nd favorite city in Catalonia is Girona. People from all over Catalonia love to come here for a weekend to eat and wander the streets.

Game of Thrones was filmed in Girona as well. Now, that is really a stamp of approval!

Besalu: First time I have seen Besalu I was amazed! The iconic bridge is the highlight of the city and the best place to take a photo. Nevertheless, the tour takes you inside this little city.

The tour also includes and all-inclusive lunch at a sweet local restaurant in Besalu with a complimentary glass of wine.

The tour takes the full day, and there is a max of 15 people in the group. A private, air-conditioned minibus with your guide will pick you up.

Also worth to mention: From Barcelona to Figueres it takes only 40 minutes. This is not a day tour to spend the whole day inside the car!

Simply put, this luxury day trip really covers the Catalonia experience in a nutshell.

Book Catalonia Day Trip here

6. Horta de Sant Joan

Have you ever heard of Canyoning?

In Horta de Sant Joan you can do just that.

And kayaking, riding a bike…

Horta de Sant Joan is a tiny village at the edge of Catalonia. It takes you 2-3 hours by car to get here, and you can slide down a river canyon.

When it comes to activities around Catalonia, of course, there are as well lots of cool sports activities to join, no surprise, right?!

Update: We received the question on where you can find a company to book the Canyoning in Horta de Sant Joan. You can directly contact https://www.montsport.es/barranquismo. Send them an email or call them. Our guide spoke English although our tour was in Spanish. But make sure you get an English-Speaking guide if needed.

That is important for the safety instructions.

Here is our video from the canyoning experience in Horta de Sant Joan:

7. Girona (“you know nothing, John Snow”)

Game of Thrones anyone?

Anyway, Gerona is the small hidden pearl up in the north of Barcelona.

It is a medieval town to visit, and absolutely worth it. You can get lost in the old town, visit chic cafés, and eat very, very well!

You can either book a day trip to Gerona or take the direct train to Gerona.

Here you can find more tours to Girona and Figueres. Starting from $90.

There is also an Airport Girona, which connects you directly with Costa Brava. You can find cheap flights there usually with Ryanair.

Book your Day Trip to Gerona here

Girona - Day Trip from Barcelona

8. Costa Brava in General

Whilst we are exploring the coast for excursions from Barcelona, we should say something general here.

Costa Brava is an incredibly beautiful coast line in the North of Catalonia.

The best part: Only a few parts are loaded with tourists, and that only in July and August.

The very firsts town of the magical Costa Brava is only a 1-hour ride from Barcelona. It is the city of Blanes. The Costa Brava has everything from touristic hot-spots, adventurous activities, diving, skydiving, kayaking, cliff jumping…or simply getting a nice color at the beach!

You can find day trips to the Costa Brava here. Starting from $100 (95€).

This day trip to Costa Brava  is different from the Catalonia Tour we mentioned before.

The Costa Brava tour includes:

  • Exploring the beautiful cliffs and coves of the Costa Brava
  • Walking around charming fishing villages
  • Hiking along the Camino de Ronda
  • Boat trip to the Medes Islands’ archipelago

The transport is also with a comfortable bus with free WiFi, yet it does not include lunch. You can usually eat lunch for around 12€-20€ in any restaurant at the coast.

How to get to Costa Brava with Public Transport? The train only takes you to Blanes. For other cities like Tossa de Mar and such, you need to get a bus. Here is the prices and schedules.

Book Costa Brava Day Trip here

Day Trip to Costa Brava is always a good idea; better even a weekend

9. Sant Feliu de Giuxols

A small village with a wide beach, harbor and history. Sant Feliu de Guixols is a great choice! Especially in summer time there are plenty of events going on.

Here you can find more things to do in Sant Feliu de Guixols.

Hidden beach in Costa Brava

10. Blanes (by train)

The easiest way to get to Costa Brava without a car is Blanes. It is the very first village at the Costa Brava.

There is a direct train leaving from Barcelona to Blanes.

When you arrive with the train in Blanes, you will need to take a bus or taxi to the village itself. You can also walk, which takes around 20 minutes.

It has a beautiful old town and a wonderful beach to hang out. The coastline itself is unique as they have a small peninsula.

For a view all over the town, you can go up all the way to the old castle. It’s quite a way to get up here, but certainly worth it.

11. Lloret de Mar (for Nightlife)

Feel like partying?

Lloret de Mar is famous for being a party town on a budget.

Many schools organize their very last students trip to Lloret de Mar. So if you are looking for organizing a hen party, stag party or simple want to party, go to Lorret de Mar!

But don’t be fooled, there is more than its nightlife.

Although it can get really busy here and quite crazy, the beaches around the city are gorgeous. Just keep walking either south or north – it will be worth it.

Truth the told: Lloret de Mar itself is not really as beautiful as Tossa de Mar or other spots. Seriously, it is not.

If you prefer a scenic, beautiful village on the coast, hop over to Pals or Tossa de Mar.

12. Aquatic Park in Lloret de Mar

The old fisher town of Lloret de Mar also has its own water park.

SUPER FUN!

I went here the first time when I was 12, I had a blast. It is a great day trip fro families, and friends alike.

For a booking, we recommend checking out their website at Water World. There they offer many different types of promotions.

13. Tossa de Mar

A beauty, I already mentioned it.

And many people refer it as the most beautiful town at the Costa Brava. The beach is quite small. So keep walking and climb up the steep way to the tower. There are many small(er) beaches around Tossa de Mar.

People say Tossa de Mar is a very romantic city. I agree here.

Take into account that Tossa de Mar is a small village. In August and high season it feels really packed.

For more romantic ideas to surprise your partner, you can check out our romantic things to do in Barcelona.

Tossa de Mar, one of the most beautiful villages at Costa Brava

14. Calella de Mar

A bouncing castle in the ocean?

OH yes, in Calella you can do just that…and hang out at the looming beach.

Unfortunately we have no photo because we were having fun all day long and forgot the camera.

Our advice: don’t forget your camera!

Many areas along the coast