Barcelona is not only an amazing city in which visitors can stay for many days, but it also has a beautiful surrounding full of charm where we can visit many places and prepare one-day trips so we don’t need to move away from the old town of Barcelona. Which are the best villages close to Barcelona to enjoy in one day?
Sitges: the best urban beach
Sitges, despite having been chosen the best urban beach in Europe, is not a destination for just sand and sea; we go to Sitges to enjoy the scenery of a village full of Mediterranean appearance where each corner hides something charming.
The charm that gives the perfectly bright whitewashed houses, an own style of the most famous cities of the Greek coast or the white beautiful villages of Andalusia, but also the personality to bring together in the same town tradition and modernity, being Sitges the cradle of freedom of expression.
Monistrol de Montserrat: history and nature
The cozy village of Monistrol, despite its beautiful mountain environment, is visited with a clear objective: walking in the magical mountains of Montserrat and visiting the famous monastery.
And this tour is one of the most to-do plans of the surroundings of Barcelona, with landscapes that seem taken from a book of legend, which include the rounded shapes of the mountains, and with a spectacular monastery across the top, part of the world history (home of the virgin of Montserrat, one of the few black virgins and whose church was targeted by the Nazis who, like a script of the Indiana Jones films, were seeking the holy grail within its walls).
Salou: leisure in big format
This village on the Costa Dorada is famous for hosting what is probably the best theme park in Europe (with permission of Eurodisney): Port Aventura. This theme park is constantly expanding with different entertainment complexes ranging from the proper Port Aventura to a water park and soon the European headquarters of the Ferrari resort.
This enormous leisure complex environment surrounding the Costa Dorada and the beautiful beaches a few kilometers from the also highly recommended city of Tarragona invite the visitor to take a train and travel from Barcelona to this area.
Gelida and Vilafranca: the wake of wine
Hidden behind the mountains of El Vallès and following the wine route that takes us to Villafranca, we can find the small but cozy and charming village of Gèlida, which highlights a castle that serves as a door to many hiking trails around the region of Penedès, a land of spectacular wines.
And indeed we find in the town of Villafranca del Penedès the end of this route where we can celebrate drinking its sparkling wines, visiting wineries and impressive vineyards as well as monuments such as the Basilica of Santa Maria de Vilafranca.
All these plans and more are available (from a walk along the Costa Brava to visit the Delta del Ebro) within reach within an hour and a half from our apartment in the Eixample, including organized trips as the routes offered by the “cremallera railway” to Montserrat or to the Vall de Nùria. This train can be taken in Plaza de España, in just five minutes from our apartment in the Miró Park.