Montserrat sunset, Spain. Image credit: Greg Gladman

Best places to visit near Barcelona: Perfect for day trippers

This article presents some of the best places to visit near Barcelona in Spain.

Montserrat Mountain in Spain is situated in the province of Catalonia 40 km northwest off Barcelona. Montserrat is one of the best places to visit near Barcelona.
Santa Maria de Montserrat (Abbey of Montserrat) is a Benedictine abbey located on the mountain of Montserrat. At 1,236 m (4,055 ft) above the valley floor, Montserrat is the highest point of the Catalan lowlands.
The serrated form of the mountains have clear similarities with the towers of the famous church, La Sagrada Familia. This region has played an important role as a source of inspiration for Antoni Gaudí, who has worked on the mountain at a young age.

Monastery of Montserrat

Today, Montserrat Mountain Complex is an important pilgrimage and tourist destination and for centuries the abbey has played a significant role in Catalonia’s religious and political life. The monastery is accessible by road, train or cable car. I can highly recommend the cable car, from where the view is absolutely amazing.

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Pictures of Montserrat

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Monastir Abadia de Montserrat West off Barcelona. Image credit: Bert Kaufmann
Montserrat cable car
Aeri de Montserrat cable car. This is the easiest way to access the monastery.
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Benedictine Abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat in Catalonia.

Montserrat Day Trip

Back in 2010 I was visiting the Montserrat Mountain Complex. I took the train from Barcelona directly to the train station of Monistrol de Montserrat, which was very straightforward. The Spanish rail system is very well-functioned. From the train station I took the cable car up to the monastery. I was hiking in the mountains for a couple of hours. I discovered the magnificent views and the stunning landscape. It is easy to imagine the monks who through centuries have wandered along these trails.

If you are visiting Barcelona I will definitely recommend a day trip to Montserrat Monastery. It is a true cultural and natural wonder close to the vibrant life of Barcelona.

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Montserrat Photos

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The summit of Montserrat mountains in Catalonia Spain.
Hiking Montserrat
There are some nice hiking trails in Montserrat Mountains offering magnificent views.
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Serrated formed mountain peaks in Montserrat.

Girona Day Trip

Another recommended day trip from Barcelona goes to the Catalan city of Girona located 100 km north off Barcelona. The train journey from Barcelona to Girona takes just a bit over one hour. Girona is known for the Old Town which is situated on the east bank of the river, with pedestrianized narrow streets surrounded by the old city walls. The modern part of the city is found on the west bank which is characterized by more shops and hotels, as well as slightly cheaper restaurants. Girona is simply the beautiful backyard of Barcelona.

Girona and Montserrat are both popular destinations for tourists and Barcelona day trippers. They are both examples of the best places to visit near Barcelona.

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Girona Pictures

Girona Cathedral Girona Cathedral is located in the old part of the city. [/caption]

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Colorful houses along the river in Girona.
Old town Girona
The old town of Girona, Catalonia.

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