Prettiest Towns in Catalonia

If you feel like you need a break from the city, in just an hour or two from Barcelona you can find yourself in a gorgeous natural setting, whether by the coast or inland.

Day Trips from Barcelona

Monserrat Montserrat is a multi-peaked mountain range about 50km north-west of Barcelona. It is most famous for the Benedictine abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat, which hosts the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary. It is also a popular destination for hiking and rock climbing. You can get to Monserrat by train by going to Plaça d’Espanya and … Read more

Hike from Cadaqués to Far de Calanans

The hike from Cadaqués to the nearest lighthouse, Far de Calanans takes you past several beaches and coves and in parts leads along a narrow cliff path, offering stunning views. The hike begins with walking past Plaja de Portdoguer, pictured above. Looking back at Cadaqués, in the foreground is Cala Sa Conca. The path as it crosses above Sa … Read more

Santa Pau

The medieval village of Santa Pau is situated beside the Baixa Garrotxa Volcanic Nature Reserve in the Girona region of Catalonia. It was the seat of the barony of Santa Pau and a striking 13th century castle marks the center of town. A 16th century Gothic church dedicated to Santa Maria also stands on the main square. Santa Pau … Read more

Temps de Flors

The Girona Temps de Flors festival is held yearly in the Barri Vell (old quarter) of the Catalan city. Buildings, courtyards and monuments are transformed into ornamental flower gardens during the week long springtime festival.

Cadaqués

Cadaqués is a former fishing village set on a bay in the middle of the Cap de Creus peninsula on Spain’s Costa Brava.