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Barcelona: Catamaran Cruise with Live Jazz Music

1. 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.

From Barcelona: 6-Hour Costa Brava Kayak and Snorkel Tour

2. From Barcelona: 6-Hour Costa Brava Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Discover the Costa Brava on a day trip from Barcelona. Snorkel and Kayak in the Mediterranean while you explore caves and coves and learn about the colorful flora and fauna native to the area. 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.

Barcelona: Montserrat Tour, Monastery & Optional Wine/Lunch

3. 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: Montserrat Half Day Guided Tour

4. 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: Catamaran Trip Along Port Vell

5. Barcelona: Catamaran Trip Along Port Vell

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 panoramic view of Barcelona while feeling the sea breeze.  The vessel will sail to the open sea and you’ll be able to appreciate Barcelona’s skyline from the water and its marina opened in 1991. Do not forget your camera to take beautiful photos. Inside the boat has bar service where you can purchase drinks. After the boat has sailed along the coast, return to Port Vell.

Barcelona: 3 Countries in 1 Day Small-Group Tour

6. 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.

Barcelona: Two-Hour Midday or Sunset Sailing Cruise

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

Enjoy beautiful views of Barcelona from the sea as you cruise along the seafront in a luxury yacht. 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.

Montserrat: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Trip with Pickup

8. Montserrat: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Trip with Pickup

Take a halfday trip from Barcelona to Monserrat. See views from the mountain, visit a famous monastery, and take a walking tour. Be picked up from your Barcelona accommodations in the morning and enjoy the most exclusive views of this spectacular natural setting, the Holy Mountain. This rocky monument is known for the whimsical shapes of its peaks soaring through the sky, its valleys and caves, giving an appearance of mysterious beauty. The mountain, 2,380 feet above sea level and surrounded by magnificent scenery, is home to the Benedictine Monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat, which you will visit on this tour. This religious site includes the Basilica, where you’ll see the Virgin of Montserrat, known as the Black Madonna. This is a venerated 12th-century Romanesque carving characterized by its unique dark color, hence the nickname. After visiting the monastery, your guide will take you on a walking tour to take in the stunning views from the site that was declared a national park in 1987. Next, you’ll visit the Holy Cave, where legend has it the Virgin appeared. It is now a center of pilgrimage and prayer. To conclude the tour, you can enjoy listening to the angelic voices of La Escolania de Montserrat, one of the oldest children's choirs in Europe. You will return to Barcelona with the guide at around 2:30 PM if you take the morning tour, or at 8:30 PM if you take the afternoon tour.

Barcelona: Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Live Music

9. Barcelona: Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Live Music

Spend 1.5 hours sailing on a stunning 78-foot catamaran cruise along the Barcelona coast. Experience the best way to watch the sun set over Barcelona while relaxing and listening to the live jazz on board. Take in views of the city’s skyline and beaches and capture some spectacular images as the light changes at this time of day. Feel at one with nature and connect to the sea, and lie down just 1 meter (3.3 feet) above the water on the nets area. Sit back and relax with a cold drink in luxury and comfort available from the onboard bar. Once the crew has hoisted the sails, you’ll soon be sailing silently along the coast and enjoying the stunning views. This is a roundtrip tour with no stops along the way.

Barcelona Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight with Breakfast

10. Barcelona Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight with Breakfast

Float across the sky and enjoy incredible views of mountains, forests, streams and green hills and vast fields. On this 6-hour program you’ll drive a half hour from Barcelona to the Natural Park of Montseny, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. You’ll be picked up at your accommodation for the drive to the take-off area. The hot air balloon flight will last more than 1 hour. After landing, you'll be invited to enjoy a Catalan-style breakfast in a typical country house. Savor some of Catalan's most popular dishes. The will be a maximum of 8 passengers on the flight, plus the pilot. If you prefer, you can book a private flight. Whichever option you choose, it’s sure to be a memorable one!

Frequently asked questions about Barcelona Day Trips

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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

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This day out from Barcelona was phenomenal. I unfortuantely arrived late at the start but our guide, Tim, was very forgiving. (Don't be late though at this will eat into your time at this amazing venue!). The trip to and from the location was comfortable with AC, banging tunes and good banter. Tim gave a masterful but succinct demonstration on kayaking and snorkelling. The tour itself was incredible. It involved kayaking around breath taking scenery, swimming with the fish, history lessons that made us cultured and a fear conquering activity to overcome. Tim was entertaining, informative, down to earth and just an absolute legend! The tour was well paced, allowing time to relax and enjoy the beach. Overall, the whole trip was well planned, exciting and fun in the sun. A must do when visiting Barcelona or surrounding areas

This is an awesome half day trip!! Joan was awesome. So friendly, and accommodating, shared his knowledge with us and tailored the tour to our interests! And he was a great driver!

Fabulous tour, Jon our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Would thoroughly recommend to family, friends and anyone who fancies a bit of Catalan culture

Excellant tour, wonderful guides, Very professional and knowledgeable Highly recommend this tour

My friends and I thought Gaspar was one of the best guides we have ever had. Thank you!