These five awesome day trips from Barcelona is really going to provide you with a feeling of the landscape and culture of this Catalunyan region. There’s so much history in this part of Spain, also then sun-drenched shores or possibly Roman ruins will, if thoughts of sipping cava do not tempt you to leave Barcelona to discover its environment. Monserrat is not to be missed!
This jagged and mysterious mountain range is totally matchless and has views from the surface, but getting there via the Funicular ride up will be half the pleasure. You will come to discover that Catalunya is different, nothing as with other areas in Spain. There are so many beautiful cities and cities near Barcelona but here are five of the top picks for best day trips.
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Tarragona is Situated Across the Costa Dorada, or Golden Coast, about 60 miles South of Barcelona.
This historic seaside town is home. The city holds the largest and earliest ruins from the Iberian Peninsula. To come across this town, follow the E-90 south until E-15, and from there you will exit into the center of Tarragona.
During the Roman Era, Tarraco’s town Has Been the capital of the region that minted coins for use.
The town was a tactical winter foundation for the Roman army and several battles were fought at the area of the town.
Tarragona is filled with places to go to on foot and each has a special story. The sturdy Aqüeducte p les Ferreres funneled water into the town in the Francolí River and can be found near the E-15. The amphitheater, which overlooks the ocean, is still intact and could be explored along its perimeter. Also worth visiting is the palace of the Roman Emperor, Augustus, the Tower of the Scipios, the citadel and the Arch of Sura.
Stroll up and down on the Road, Rambla Nova, to get a feel for the town.
Is Palau Del Baró, that features Mediterranean cuisine that is scrumptious at very reasonable rates. Order the Catalan specialization Fideua de Mariscos (think classic paella flavor but with thin noodles rather than rice). The address of the restaurant is Santa Anna, 3. Tarragona’s major attractions can be viewed in about a few hours. Be sure to wear shoes that are comfortable, since it is a town.
The town of Sitges is roughly twenty minutes south of Barcelona along the C-32 Highway, which runs parallel. It is referred to as the Monte Carlo of Spain because of its powerful casino and dance club circuits. This whitewashed beachside town is well known for hosting the Sitges Film Festival, which mostly displays horror and fantasy films and also for its 17 shores.
The town initially prospered because of its wine production but eventually turned into tourism to fuel its market. In the Middle Ages, the archbishop of Barcelona ordered the building. The Sitges family ruled the town until the early 14th century, as it was sold to Bernat p Fonollar. Sitges is also known for being the birthplace of all both Facundo Bacardi, founder of Bacardi.
Not-to-miss attractions Comprise the Palau Maricel, the Museu Romàntic along with Also the Church of Sant Bartolomeu I Santa Tecla.
The Museu Romàntic provides a special glimpse into one of the strongest period periods of history and replicates the life span of the Romantic Era. American author Charles Deering houses a selection of art that is medieval and launched the Palau Maricel.
A favorite regional dish is xato, that is composed of different fish broth, eggplants, olives along with a sauce made from chilies, garlic, vinegar and almonds. The dish can be served with omelets, blanc along with cake Penedès wine. A common regional drink is Malvasia, a wine which tastes best with desserts.
The little town of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia is home to a number of the greatest cava, Spanish sparkling wine (think Spanish version of champagne). The town is situated off exit 27 on Highway E-90 west of Barcelona. Cava houses, or bodegas, are just too prevalent as grocery shops, and each provides a new outlook on this omnipresent Spanish drink.
The distinction is obviously Although the word cava was officially coined in 1970 to differentiate the beverage from French champagne. It only takes one sip to understand that this can be something. It literally sparkles when light strikes the wine.
The title cava comes in the caves which were used during their fermentation process as cellars. Although the process has changed more than the end product’s standard has not. The wine is can either be white or rosé and dry or sweet. Visit Renfe to view train schedules in Barcelona’s Plaça p Catalunya channel.
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Montserrat’s stunning town is home to the Santa Maria de Montserrat Monastery, which houses the famous black Madonna icon. The city is just three and a half hours southwest of Barcelona and could be reached by going north to the A-2 and then taking the C-55. The most easy way to get the monastery would be to ride your Funicular de Sant Joan. The ride provides a panoramic view of the jagged mountains beneath.
After atop the mountain, guests will be able to explore the monastery and the home inside. The publishing house has printed books since the 15th century and is the oldest press in the entire world. Nevertheless, the main attraction here is that the Virgin of Montserrat, a 12th century black statue of the Virgin Mary clutching baby Jesus.
The Romanesque statue is located in the rear of this chapel on a altar. Legends claim that the Benedictine monks were forced to construct their monastery around the statue because not one of them may move it. In 1844, the Virgin of Montserrat has been recognized as the patroness of Catalonia by Pope Leo XIII. With this, Monserrat is just one of Catalunya’s most densely and culturally important areas.
Even the Basilica of Montserrat is residence to the gifted also a sopranos L’Escolania Choir and altos choir for boys. The Montserrat Chapel Choir, that include monks and elderly choir boys sometimes joins them. Even the L’Escolania Choir is one of the choir bands in Europe. They sing during the midday Salve. The views at Monserrat are incredible and the funicular ride to the top was one of my favorite adventures in Spain.
Another highly recommended day trip out of Barcelona is into Badalona’s town. In this event we visited the ruins of early Baetulo are housed over the Badalona Museum, situated in the middle of town at Plaça Assemblea de Catalunya, 1. The city dates back to the 1st century B.C., making it one of the earliest Roman settlements on the Iberian Peninsula!
Read more about our experience in Badalona here.
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