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Adventuring Outside Barcelona

We all know that Barcelona can match any city in the world, but what many people don’t know is that venturing just outside the city can often prove to be just as fun. Here are seven places that if you haven’t been to yet, you should start booking time off of work, because these attractions are must sees.

1. Montserrat – Mountain formation and monastery

DSC_0111Step back into history in Montserrat, just northwest of Barcelona. Here, you can look down on all of Spain from the peak of Sant Jeroni or take a religious pilgrimage to a thousand year old monastery… or do both – it’s up to you. When you’re there, remember that with every step you take, a millennium ago, a hermit was crossing the very same ground.

2. Garraf

Garraf is the beach that you go to if you want to get away from all of the commotion and have some quality time with the sand and the sun. This beach is much quieter than others near Barcelona, and is beautifully placed at the bottom of Garraf national park. Also, get a little bit of Gaudi in Garraf at Cellar Guell, a gorgeous Winery made by one of Spain’s national heroes.

3. Sant Sadurni d’Anoia

Buckle up because we are going to wine country. At least that’s what you’ll be saying if you decide to make the journey to Sant Sadurni d’Anoia, where some of Spain’s finest wines are produced. Bubbly for all in Freixenet, just a forty-five minute train from the city. Also, catch the train at Codorniu, to see the longest underground cellar in the world!

4. Calella

sitges-cobble-stone-streets-800pxHead to the northeast coast above Barcelona if you want a taste of paradise. There are few places on the Mediterranean that are better to soak up the sun, and at only half an hour away by car from Barcelona, these beaches are just waiting for you, calling your name, screaming, “Come enjoy my soft sand and warm water!”

5. Montseny

If you want to go to the highest peaks in the Catalan coastal range then Montseny is the place you’ve been dreaming about. Reaching an altitude of over 1,700 meters, you won’t be surprised that the air tastes much fresher at the top. But there are also large forests, streams and animals, so you can experience a little bit of everything.

6. Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo

If you’ve got a need for speed, we’ve got your fix. Hear to the Circuit in Montmelo and enjoy the smell of rubber on pavement and the excitement from watching some of the best drivers in the world. The best time to go is during Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix and the Catalan MotoGP Grand Prix.

7. Sitges

sitges-promenade-1-800pxThree hundred days of sun. Three hundred days of pristine beaches. Three hundred days of partying – the kind that would even make Dionysus blush. That’s only a small share of what Sitges has to offer. You name it, they got it. Castles. Check! Monasteries. Check! Thousand-year-old history. You guessed it. Check!