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5 day trips with base in Barcelona

Perched between the ocean and the mountains, you can easily explore the best of both worlds. Barcelona is in the Catalunya province of Spain. Along Catalunya’s coastline you can find medieval towns, each more scenic than the last; up Catalunya’s green hills, you can not only find vineyards producing delicious wine nurtured in the Mediterranean climate, but also ancient monasteries. When you visit Barcelona, be sure to set aside a couple days to explore everything else Catalunya has to offer.

Montserrat

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Montserrat is a jagged mountain with a truly breathtaking landscape. To add to the mystical feeling of the setting, a monastery was built on top of the mountain. It’s an important stop for pilgrims all around the world. They come to the monastery to behold the black Madonna, which is also the official patron of Catalunya. Those that like hiking can also experience the trails of Montserrat, which range from a 2 hour climb to full-day trips. At the peak of Sant Jeroni, you can get an amazing 360 degree view of the snow-capped Pyrenees mountain to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the south.

Sitges

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Sitges is a lively beach town south of Barcelona. Not only is it famous for its bustling beaches and quaint architecture, it is also known as the gay capital of Europe! If you’re looking for a day off from Barcelona to visit the beaches, practice water sports, and enjoy some nightlife, Sitges is a great choice. Another good time to visit Sitges is during carnival around February, where residents put on elaborate carnival parades around the town.

Catalunya’s Vineyards

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Did you know that Catalunya is a prominent producer of wine as well? Besides reds and whites, Catalunya also produces Cava, which is a sparkling wine that rivals Champagne produced in France. Cava is smoother to drink and more economical, too. Some great wine countries to visit in Catalunya are Penedes, Priorat, and Alella. Definitely one of the best day trips from Barcelona if you’re looking to taste some wine!

Girona

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Many people think of Girona as the place that cheap Ryanair flights fly out from. But it’s so much more than that. Girona, like many other Catalan towns, is a medieval city. However, what sets it apart is that its city walls are all still intact, and you can actually walk all around the city on its medieval walls… Amazing! The view of the city from outside its moat is also picture-perfect. Besides the architecture, Girona is also one of the best gastronomic cities in the world. The Celler de Can Roca has been voted year after year as the world’s best restaurant. If you wish to go, you’d have to make reservations 11-months in advance, if you’re lucky. One of the best day trips from Barcelona in my opinion!

Cadaqués

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Cadaqués is slightly further away from Barcelona, all the way up Costa Brava and close to France. However, it’s well worth the day trip from Barcelona for art fanatics as well as anyone that wants to explore hidden side of Catalan’s coastline. Tucked away in a bay, Cadaqués is a sleepy fishing village with all-white architecture. It was once frequented by artists like Picasso and Miró who declared it the most beautiful village in the world. The world-renowned Spanish Surrealist artist Salvador Dali had a house and studio in Cadaqués, which is now a museum dedicated to him.


Where to Stay

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If you have decided to spend a luxury vacation in Barcelona, please get note this name: Gran Hotel La Florida. It is a wonderful luxury hotel that enjoys a privileged location on the Tibidabo offering  spectacular views of the city and the Barcelona’s gulf. This hotel is considered as one of the best urban luxury hotels in the city.
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The Gran Hotel La Florida provides 70 beautiful rooms in a lovely Art Nouveau design. They are rich in decors and embellished with the use of a light cream colors and refined oak wood floors. The best rooms are the Design Suites that in addition to have decorations by some of the most famous world designer like Rebecca Horn, Cristina Macaya and Dale Keller, offer the opportunity to have in room an lovely outdoor hot tub on the private terrace. All the bathrooms are in marble and provide separated shower and bathtub and in-floor heating.
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The hotel has a restaurant called Barcelonas, which will allow you to taste the high Catalan cuisine, as well as the delicious Spanish and Mediterranean gastronomy with the best view of Barcelona. The hotel has a wonderful SPA where it is possible to do treatments with natural products signed  L’Occitane. Every treatment you will receive comes from the resources of L’Occitane, a concentrate of hundreds of essential oils and natural ingredients. Thanks to its location, the Gran Hotel La Florida provides services that are impossible to find in the city centre like the most prestigious one is the 37-meter indoor and outdoor pool, all in steel, with a bar at the edges and a solarium on the terrace downstairs, which always overlooks Barcelona. The Gran Hotel La Florida offers guests the chance to experience a Mediterranean lifestyle, in which luxury, history, design and relaxation blend together seamlessly.

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