Places to visit near Barcelona

  • Maresme

    Bounded by the sea, Montnegre Park, and the Litoral and Corredor mountain ranges, the county of Maresme offers tourists beautiful beaches and a surprisingly hilly landscape. A summer destination for Barcelona's bourgeoisie in the 19th and 20th centuries, it conserves an impressive Modernista heritage and retains a thriving cultural identity, with museums, cultural festivals, music festivals and crafts fairs for you to enjoy. There are dozens of towns and villages to see and a visit is highly recommended.

  • Baix Llobregat

    In spite of industrialisation, the Baix Llobregat has conserved some fascinating virgin natural areas, such as the Montserrat Natural Park, a unique massif and a Mecca for the most intrepid climbers. You can watch migratory birds and enjoy long beaches of fine sand in the Llobregat delta, while in Gavà there is one of the largest and best-preserved Neolithic sights in Europe. It is also possible to visit the impressive Salnitre cave in Collbató.

  • Garraf

    Garraf is a paradise: 25 kilometres of coastline, the Garraf, Olèrdola and Foix natural parks and a wonderful climate that makes it possible to enjoy them all year round. There are towns which are authentic treasures, such as Sitges, the spiritual capital of Catalan Modernisme, which has an intense artistic and cultural life. At Vilanova i la Geltrú, one of Catalonia's most important ports, the fish market is a must for all visitors. You can get around the countryside on foot, but also on horseback and by bicycle: various companies offer guided tours.

  • Alt Penedès

    This region is synonymous with wine tourism and vineyards. Its wines and cavas are internationally recognised. Vilafranca's Vinseum, the Catalan Wine Culture Museum, helps you to discover all its secrets. However, there are other places of interest that are unconnected to wine: Gelida Castle, the monuments of Olèrdola, originally an Iberian town, and the emblematic sites used by the Republican airforce during the Civil War, at Santa Margarida and Els Monjos, are also top tourist attractions.

  • Vallès Occidental

    The medieval monastery in Sant Cugat del Vallès is the jewel in the crown of this county, which developed in the shadow of Collserola Park. Sabadell and Terrassa, the two joint capitals, have a major industrial heritage, with factories and steam mills converted into modern public buildings that are open to the public. The Vallès Occidental is also a cultural region: it is home to the Terrassa Jazz Festival, the Cerdanyola Blues Festival, and Sabadell has an annual opera season.

  • Vallès Oriental

    Montseny Natural Park is one of the marvels of the Vallès Oriental: leafy woodland, vast meadows and mountain scenery such as the Turó de l’Home and Les Agudes, Matagalls and Pla de la Calma. On the Raspall Route, you can discover Modernista urban planning and architecture in towns such as La Garriga, El Figaró and Cardedeu. There are still medicinal spas In Caldes de Montbui, something the town has been famous for since Roman times.

  • Pirineos de Barcelona

    The Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park is also known as the Barcelona Pyrenees. It is a spectacular natural setting where visitors can go climbing, mountaineering, and in winter, skiing. Its Romanesque past is still evident in its churches and shrines, and it still retains the mining route, a reminder of the importance of coal in this county's social economy. There are some almost magical places, like the site of 3,000 dinosaur footprints near Fumanya: a window to 65 million years ago.

  • Maresme
  • Baix Llobregat
  • Garraf
  • Vallès Occidental
  • Vallès Oriental
  • Pirineos de Barcelona
  • For example, those of Sitges, Garraf and Vilanova i la Geltrú to the south, and all those in the Maresme to the north. There are long, sandy beaches, small, hidden coves and places where naturism is permitted.

  • There are twelve protected natural parks near Barcelona, offering the chance to enjoy nature and do all kinds of outdoor activities throughout the year.

  • The Penedès region, which has been associated with wine for centuries, offers you the chance to discover the country's wine-growing economy, which has also expanded in other areas in recent years, such as Alella and Pla de Bages.

  • The Llobregat delta offers beaches, pine woods, marshland and a river, where you can walk and watch birds. The Besòs Fluvial Park is a magnificent place for enjoying nature and leisure.

  • There are nine Modernista routes available near Barcelona: they include wonderful Gaudí buildings, summer residencies, palaces, mansions, factories, wine cellars and romantic gardens.

  • Hidden shrines and hermitages, monasteries, medieval cities, paintings and more besides. Catalonia's medieval past is well-preserved in the towns around Barcelona.

  • Montserrat Monastery

    Montserrat Monastery

    Standing at a height of 725 metres, this is one of the most important shrines in Catalonia, home to La Moreneta, patron saint of Catalonia, a Romanesque wooden sculpture dating from the 12th century. The Escolania de Montserrat's children's choir performs in the basilica once a day. You can also visit the cave where tradition says the Virgin Mary once appeared. You get to the monastery on the Santa Cova funicular railway.

    Colònia Güell

    Colònia Güell

    This industrial village of Modernista origins is located in Santa Coloma de Cervelló, in the Baix Llobregat. It is a complex of singular buildings constructed in the 19th century which are maintained in all their glory. One of Gaudí's lesser-known buildings is a notable feature of the complex: the Colònia Güell church, also known as the Gaudí Crypt, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Cau Ferrat in Sitges

    Cau Ferrat in Sitges

    At the end of the 19th century, Santiago Rusiñol, the gifted Catalan artist and intellectual, bought two fisherman's houses in the town of Sitges and converted them into his house and studio. In 1933, this temple of art was opened as a museum. His valuable art collections are conserved there.

    Món Sant Benet

    Món Sant Benet

    This cultural heritage centre was founded in 2007 and it consists of different cultural, touristic, scientific and leisure areas and services. It is made up of the Sant Benet de Bages medieval monastery, which has a busy cultural diary, the Fundació Alícia, which carries out food research, and the Hotel Món, which is ideal for holidays.

    Cellers Güell

    Cellers Güell

    Located on the Barcelona - Valls road in Garraf, Cellers Güell is made up of two Antoni Gaudí buildings from 1900, originally designed as a wine cellar and a house. The cellar, built entirely in stone, is one of the architect's most fascinating constructions, with its impressive triangular profile.

    Industrial and Modernista Terrassa

    Industrial and Modernista Terrassa

    In the mid-19th century, Terrassa became one of Spain's leading industrial cities. The city's industrial bourgeoisie left behind an impressive legacy of country houses, steam mills, factories and other buildings that can still be visited today. Every year, Terrassa organises the Modernista Fair during the second weekend of May.

    La seu d’Olèrdola

    La seu d’Olèrdola

    Located between the Penedès plain and Garraf, the Olèrdola branch of the Archaeological Museum of Catalonia provides evidence of the rise and fall of civilisations in the area: there is an Iberian village, a Roman fortification and a medieval city with Pre-Romanesque and Romanesque churches. You can walk around the natural park and the monuments, and there are also guided and dramatized tours.

    Vinseum

    Vinseum. The Catalan Wine Culture Museum

    This museum is located in the centre of Vilafranca del Penedès. It is housed in a medieval palace that belonged to the Crown of Aragon and also contains the Sant Pelegrí Gothic chapel, which today holds temporary exhibitions. The Vinseum is the first wine museum in Spain and one of the first in Europe. It covers the history of Penedès winemaking from an anthropological perspective.