Barcelona is one of Europe's most visited cities, attracting tourists from far and wide to experience cultural and historical sites such as Parc Guell and La Sagrada Familia, as well as to experience a taste of Catalonia living in this cosmopolitan city by the sea. A visit to Barcelona does not have to be confined to the city's main attractions as there are many varied and accessible days out to be had just a stone's throw from the city.
Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia, located on Spain's north east Mediterranean coast. Its location and good transport links means it is well placed to experience the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada to the south, or the mountainous scenery of the Pyrenees to the north. Many other villages, towns and cities are also well in reach.
For example, less than an hour's train journey or drive from Barcelona is the wonderful coastal town of Sitges. In addition to some first class beaches and stunning coastal scenery, the town of Sitges is renamed for its architectural and cultural heritage. The celebration of its historical significance can be experienced through numerous festivals held throughout the year. This is one of the reasons why Sitges is known as one of Spain's party capitals with no shortage of restaurants and bars serving fresh local cuisine.
Further down the coast is the stunning Costa Brava with numerous beaches to explore. One of its most famous and attractive beaches is that of Figueres which is the birthplace of Salvador Dali, one of Spain's greatest surrealist painters. Visitors to Figueres can visit the Dali designed museum which houses information and work of the great painter, as well as Figueres' wonderful beach.
For those who want to see a more mountainous side of Spain, day trips from Barcelona include Montserrat and the Pyrenees range. Montserrat is only an hour's train ride from the city and is popular with walkers and climbers, offering stunning views of Barcelona and the coast on clear days. Further afield, the Pyrenees, which border France and Spain, offer fantastic hill hiking and are a great area to visit for winter sports activities.
Indeed, to experience a city break with options to explore further afield, Barcelona can prove the ideal choice. Therefore, whether it's a day out at the beach or a visit to the mountains, once you arrive from your flights to Barcelona you can begin planning your visit to the many attractions it has on its doorstep when a break from the city is needed.