Looking to enjoy a little escape from the demands of daily life? There are endless possibilities for easy getaways in the Barcelona region. The three main tourist areas - Costa de Barcelona, Barcelona Landscapes and Pyrenees Barcelona - offer a huge variety of different landscapes and activities.
Lay your towel down on one of the beaches along the 100 kilometres of coastline. Or enjoy a wine tasting session in the vineyards and wineries in El Penedés, Alella and Pla de Bages. Explore the region's rich cultural patrimony and the architectural heritage of its industrial past, then tuck into some local gastronomy at a Michelin-starred restaurant, or stock up on some delicious traditional produce from the area. For a real escape from everything, don your hiking boots and head to one of the 16 parks and natural areas near Barcelona.
Too much to choose from? Why not mix and match to create your perfect weekend. To help you, here are 10 of our best recommendations from across the region.
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1Photo: National Park, Santa Fe del Montseny
Twelve natural parks and areas that account for almost a quarter of the province’s territory: nature, scenery, conservation and culture. One of these, just an hour from Barcelona, is the Montseny Natural Park, which is also a Unesco biosphere reserve. Also within easy reach of Barcelona is the Montserrat National Park, known for its spectacular serrated mountains and home to the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat.
2Photo: Monastery of San Benet, Sant Fruitós de Bages
Close to Manresa, a city rich in culture and heritage, lies a 1000-year-old monastery that is the centre of a unique project on art and nature.
3Photo: Pedraforca, Bagà
A tiny, perfectly-preserved 13th-century village, surrounded by a massif that is the symbol of the Pyrenees, in a natural setting that is ideal for mountain sports.
4Photo: Colonia Güell, Santa Coloma de Cervelló
An important centre during the Industrial Revolution, this area conserves a rich Art Nouveau architectural heritage, Romanesque churches and a variety of cultural activities. There are a number of routes that begin in the Gaudí Crypt in the Colonia Güell and that take in local towns including Terrassa, Mataró and Canet de Mar.
5Photo: Cingleres, Tavertet
Explore these beautiful medieval villages with cobbled streets and stone houses. From the plateau you can enjoy the spectacular views, lush forests and water aplenty, from waterfalls to reservoirs.
6Photo: Roca Grossa, Calella
Costa Barcelona gives you more than 100 kilometres of quality beaches in the Maresme, the Garraf and Baix Llobregat. They feature all the services you would expect and good road and rail links to the city.
7Photo: Bodega Torres, Vilafranca del Penedès
Five Denominations of Origin (DO) wine producing regions: Penedès, Alella, Pla de Bages, Catalunya and Cava, all offer unique wine tasting experiences.
8Photo: Market Square, Vic
One of Catalonia’s oldest cities, located between the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees, with a rich heritage and a market that started in the Middle Ages.
9Photo: Castle, Cardona
The town is overlooked by a Medieval castle and is home to a salt deposit that formed 40 million years ago and has been exploited since Roman times.
10Photo: Industrial Colony, Gironella
Factories, churches, workers’ cottages, manor houses, schools, theatres, streets and gardens all bear witness to our great industrial past along the Llobregat river.