The Best Places to see around Barcelona
Barcelona has a lot to offer, but there is also a lot to see around Barcelona! Here is a list with the 16 most important things you should see if you are in Barcelona! We have links with some travel agencies who offer these trips for the lowest prices and furthermore you are always travelling with funny people in a great atmosphere!
1. Carnival in Sitges in February and March
Between February and March Sitges, a town 35 km from Barcelona, becomes the town for non-stop parties! It is time of the Carnival which is celebrated in Sitges for centuries!! Beginning on thursday, the Carnival offers fun and cultural events like folk dances or typical food! Just go and have fun!!
2. Las Fallas in Valencia in March
Valencia on its own is a fantastic city which has to offer a lot for visitors! But every year during March it becomes even more attractive! Because every year in March there is the famous local festival called „Las Fallas“!! So do not miss it and go to visit Valencia!!!
3. Ibiza in May
Great island known for its great summer parties and beaches! And it is only a step away from Barcelona! Just chill-out to great music, visiting the famous port and enjoy your life on this fantastic Spanish island!
4. Pamplona – Bull race in July
Do not miss the impressive event in July in Pamplona! The running of the bulls is for those who like it a little bit more exciting!! There you can also enjoy the famous San Fermín Festival!
5. La Tomatina in Valencia in August
The most famous war's vegetable. Where tomatoes becomes a weapon, for thousands of tourists from all over the world.
Buñol, a small town in Valencia, becomes a battle field where hundreds of tones of tomatoes that come from the excess of crops, transform the streets into a red rivers of parties and passion, etc.
6. Tarragona and wine tasting
Tarragona is very close to Barcelona and a beautiful city with a Gothic quarter and a pretty Cathedral! It was one of the most important cities during many decades! Close to Tarragona there are lots of small winerys where you can taste the best wines and enjoy lying at the fantastic beaches!
7. Port Aventura
Port Aventura you should definitely visit if you are into fun and excitement!! It is a theme park near Barcelona with many attractions and different themes like Mexiko, Far West, Mediterrània, China and Polynesia! It is the biggest resort in south Europe! With 30 rides in total, 6 rollercoasters and 3 water rides you will have a great day with so much fun!
8. Tossa de Mar
You want to enjoy sun, sea and sand? Then you should definitely visit Tossa de Mar! It is a small city with little streets and a medieval wall. If you want to an absolutely great view, you should go up to the little lighthouse and enjoy the view above the city and the sea! To complete this fantastic tour you should take one of the little ships, that lie at the beach and will take you to some close, more private beaches. They also show you some impressive caves and you can see the ground of the sea because they have crystal bottom, so should not miss it!
9. Zaragoza - Lleida – Fiestas de Pilar
The first trip will take you a little bit more far away from Barcelona and to another province! Right on the way to Zaragoza you should make a pause and visit Lleida, which is one of the oldest cities in Catalonia and has a fantastic baroque Cathedral also called „Seu Vella“. For the sporty people I can recommend to climb up the tower, because on the top you have an amazing view all over Lleida and Catalonia!
From Lleida you arrive very soon in Zaragoza, where you should not miss to see the Arabic Palace „Aljafería“. It is a fantastic combination of Arabic and Christian elements with a wonderful garden! After that just discover the pretty city center and visit the highlight of Zaragoza: The Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar! A huge and beautiful Cathedral with so many architectural impressive elements! Of course there are a lot of other sights, so take your time to discover this great city!
If you go in October you may have the chance to participate in the great event called „Las Fiestas de Pillar“ with concerts, dances and many other interesting things!
10. Cadaques, Sant Pere de Rodes, Port-Lligat
One of my favorite trips was the one to Cadaqués, a beautiful sleepy village with pretty white houses and a special mediterrean feeling! It was also an important place for art for example for Dalí and other famous painters and artists. You should visit the little village near Cadaqués, Port-Lligat where you can visit the house of Dali which is a museum now! Then should go and visit the Benedictine monastery Sant Pere de Rodes with medieval roman elements and a spectacular view over the Costa Brava!
11. Madrid – Toledo – Sigüenza
Of course you have to see the capital of Spain! Although it is longer trip you should definitely take three or two days and visit it! Madrid is the most touristic city of Spain, has a modern infrastructure but also offers a look and feeling of many of its historic neighborhoods and streets! And it is also famous for its museums, history and the lifestyle!
Only 70 km away from Madrid lies another interesting city: Toledo! Because of its extensive cultural and monumental heritage the UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage Site! It has a lot of things to offer!
Also close to Madrid is Sigüenza, where you should do a stop after leaving Madrid! Enjoy Gothic buildings like the Cathedral or the cloister!
12. Figueres, Girona and Púbol
All cities are situated in the north of Catalonia and important spots if you are interested in culture and art. Figueres for example, 40 kilometers from Girona, is the city where Salvador Dalí was born and houses the Teatre-Museo Gala Salvador Dalí, a large museum designed by Dali himself and which attracts many visitors!
Girona is a very romantic and antique city which has a beautiful ancient cathedral and narrow streets! And as it is only two hours away from Barcelona, definitely worth visiting it!
Also recommendable is Púbol, which is very close to Girona and where you should visit the Castle of Dalí with it's beautiful garden and the famous Cadillac!
13. The Mountain of Montserrat
It is a mountain chain very close to Barcelona and offers everything for lovers of natures, hiking and great views! You can take the bus until it leaves you in front of the impressive monastery, which houses the Holy Virgin. It is recommendable to take the funicular up nearly to the top of the moutains. From there on you have different hiking trails to the top or just through the impressive valley down to the monastery. If you want to enjoy an exceptional view and a great landscape, then visit Montserrat!!
14. Los Pireneos – Besalú and Castellfollit de la Roca
Besalú and Castellfollit de la Roca are two small towns close to France in the north of Catalonia. Besalú has a beautiful medieval city center and has a important jewish past with lots of great old building like the medieval bridge, which is the biggest and most beautiful one in Catalonia!
Castellfollit de la Roca is situated in the province of Girona very close to Besalú. It lies on an impressive high basalt cliff, which make this small village an interesting point to visit! There you can also visit for example a museum of „embutidos“, a Spanish specialty, and taste the Spanish „Chorizo“ or „butifarra“.
15. South of France
Barcelona is so close to France that you should take some days and visit the interesting south of France! The most interesting and known cities are Nimes, Carcassonne, Avignon, Orange, Arles, Montpellier, Colliure and Perpignan. Those cities are just offering a great combination of culture, history, adventures and fun!
In Orange for example you can see the best preserved roman theatre in Europe! Also the other cities have a lot of medieval buildings and interesting sights!
16. Skiing in Andorra
Now a trip for winter activity!!! For those who like to ski or snowboard, Andorra is the right place to be!! It offers a 60 km area with more than 42 tracks! 7 green, 15 blue, 16 red and 4 black! There is a track for every level!
" Erasmus Barcelona has organized one of the biggest trips to Valencia in 2010 and 2011 with more than 550 Erasmus Students and 10 full buses. Its the biggest trip to Valencia ever oganized by any student organization ! "
Las Fallas de Valencia
Carnaval at Sitges
Tomatina (The tomattoe fight) in Buñol near Valencia
San Fermin Festival -
The castle at Tossa del Mar
Mountains of Montserrat
Dragon Khan at Porta Ventura
Skiiing at Andorra