With a coastline running along the Mediterranean, bustling nightlife and melting tapas at the tip of the tongue, Barcelona possesses all the advantages of a long-standing culture. The city dubbed the capital of Catalonia is the birthplace of many great names such as Antoni Gaudí or Pablo Picasso; That is also the reason why tourists will see their mark of creativity in every corner of the city. But leave this beautiful city, get in the car and head to the ancient hills and beautiful beaches that are only a day away from Barcelona.
Montserrat mountain monastery
The Montserrat mountains, monasteries and great mosques are among the biggest tourist attractions of Barcelona and Spain. You can see and touch the famous 12th century Black Virgin of Montserrat, enjoy breathtaking views of incredible cliffs and panoramic mountain views. And Montserrat Mountain is just an hour away from Barcelona and attracts 3 million tourists and pilgrims to visit each year, making it an attractive tourist attraction outside of Barcelona. Here, open year round and free to visit.
The ancient city of Girona
Girona is a historic “ gem ” more than an hour from the city of Barcelona by bus or train. It’s a city full of legend and beauty, and has also recently become a filming location for several episodes of the ‘Games of Thrones’ TV show. Girona is famous for its colorful decorated houses on the Onyar river, and is also famous for its well-preserved Jewish classic town and the old town surrounded by historic walls (Barri Vell ), which dates back to Roman times.
Costa Brava – the beautiful Mediterranean sea of Spain
Located in the northeast corner of Catalonia, about 150km from Barcelona, the Costa Brava stretches from the French border all the way to Blanes’ ‘Costa Brava gateway’. With a plethora of vibrant fishing villages and coastal towns, Costa Brava has a lot of fun waiting for you to explore.
From coves and rugged, steep cliffs, to marshes or coastal sand dunes – you’ll be amazed at all of its landscapes. Head inland and you will be treated to a visual feast of quaint white villages scattered in vibrant flower fields. And don’t forget the verdant foothills of the Pyrenees …
The picturesque medieval villages of Costa Brava
Why should you go to the Costa Brava? Because it is one of the most romantic, splendid and pristine beaches in Europe. Where else can you drive or walk along rugged pink rocks with a sparkling teal-colored Mediterranean below, surrounded by great arabesque pine trees?
The original medieval villages like Peratallada and Pals look like a breathtaking Hollywood scene, and the gently horseshoe-shaped bays of Llafranc and Calella de Palafrugell are two of the most beautiful in the world. At Calella de Palafrugell in the wildest corner of the Costa Brava, we’ll take some spare time to enjoy your special treat or any other meal you like and the option to swim on the bluest part of the sea Mediterranean!
The shallow, tranquil and ultra-clear waters together with the range of services one can find just a short distance from the beach, make it perfect for the whole family. This is farest Begur’s beach to the south and in the surrounding area there are a number of restaurants, shops and services. So close, you almost have to leave the sand to reach them. It has adaptive toilets and showers and also offers the ability to participate in water sports, such as the diving center. With fine sand, this beach is almost twice as long as its width (about 40 x 80 meters). To get there, just follow the many directions to Aiguablava Parador located at the top of the cliff next to the beach.
Meet Surya Sridhar, an avid traveler with her own channel called: “Triple P: People Places Palates” on YouTube. She recently went on a road trip from Barcelona and explored some of the places we mentioned above.
“In one of my latest videos, my friend Marianella and I, take you on a road-trip from Barcelona to 3 hidden gems in Catalunya: scenic lunch on the Costa Brava at the “Chiringuito la Pelosa”, visiting one of the most beautiful medieval villages called Peratallada and last but not least, enjoying the crystal clear turquoise waters of Aigua Blava. We even stumbled upon a beautiful sun-flower field!” – Surya Sridhar shared about her journey.
She also added: “My love for travel stems from my multicultural upbringing. I am Indian by ethnicity, German by nationality, grew up in Singapore, completed my Bachelors in the United States, volunteered in Indonesia, interned in the United Arab Emirates, travelled to numerous destinations, and am now living in one of my favourite countries in the world: Spain.”
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