Easy Day Trips From Barcelona by Public Transport (and how to get there)

View of Girona from one of the bridges over the Onyar river, you can see the cathedral and the famous colorful houses

If you’re visiting Barcelona for longer than just a weekend, chances are you’ll want to go beyond the city limits and take a day trip. From blue flag beaches and medieval castles to extinct volcanoes and picturesque villages, there’s no shortage of awesome destinations for a quick road trip. If you don’t fancy hiring a …

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Barcelona’s Oldest Fountain: El Font de Santa Ana

Medieval fountain in Barcelona's gothic quarter - El font de Santa Ana

From the narrow streets and alleyways of the Gothic Quarter to the wide boulevards of l’Eixample district, wherever you go in Barcelona you’ll see fountains of all shapes and sizes. The earliest fountains were built during the middle ages to provide water for Barcelona’s inhabitants and livestock. Simple and functional, early fountains were sparsely decorated …

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The Remnants of Barcelona’s 18th Century Citadel

Photo of the Catalan Parliament building in Barcelona citadel park. Ther is a small pond in front of the building with a white marble statue of a crying girl.

Centrally located, at the north edge of the Gothic Quarter, the Parc de la Ciutadella is Barcelona’s best known and most popular park. The seventeen-hectare park is home to Barcelona Zoo, the Catalan Parliament Building, two museums, a large fountain, a bandstand, a boating lake and a diverse collection of sculptures and monuments. A green …

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Terrassa: What to See and Do

White arches of the Masia Freixa mansion in Terrassa Spain

Thirty kilometres inland from Barcelona, Terrassa’s attractive, pedestrianised city centre is an interesting and lesser-known day trip or weekend break. Sometimes referred to as the Catalan Manchester, Terrassa played a key role during the Industrial Revolution when it was an important city for textile manufacturing. In its heyday at the beginning of the twentieth century, …

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Estació de França Railway Station

Girl playing the guitar on the platform at Barcelona França train station

Barcelona França railway station (Catalan: Estaçió de França) was built in 1926 in preparation for the Barcelona International Exhibition which took place in 1929. The Noucentista style station was designed by Pedro Muguruza and Andreu Muntaner as the main terminus for trains arriving from France. Nowadays, the station has largely been superseded by Barcelona Sants …

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The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers in Barcelona

Freak Brother Freddy setting eyes on Gaudi's Casa Batlló in Barcelona

The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers is a cult comic strip which first appeared in underground magazines in the late 1960s. Created by Gilbert Shelton, the comics recount the misadventures of three hippies (and their cat) and have been translated into 14 languages. Barcelona is featured in The Idiots Abroad which was originally published in The …

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