Places to visit outside Barcelona

Outside Barcelona (1)

Palau Robert

Palau RobertThe Palau Robert (Passeig de Gràcia, 107) houses a centre for information for discovering the rest of Catalonia that includes a bookshop (largely guides) and an exhibition hall that is generally well worth popping into.

The website contains a lot of useful information if you want to explore Catalonia beyond Barcelona.

Romanesque architecture

San Clemente de Tahull Catalonia has some superb Romanesque architecture most notably among the churches to be found dotted about the hills and which date back to the late tenth, early eleventh century, and the origins of Catalonia as a nation in the days of the Reconquest.

The Arteguias site (homepage), accompanying print versions of a guidebook series, is a vast one, generally well-organised, lacking perhaps only maps for ease of location. It covers a lot more than the Romanesque and a lot more of Spain than just Catalonia, and the excellent images on the site will have you reaching for your Michelin map and hitting the open road…

Catalonia in Miniature

17 km outside Barcelona at Torrelles de Llobregat, Catalunya en Miniatura is a sizeable collection of 1/25 scale models of Catalonia’s most famous architecture, including all of Gaudí and the Nou Camp Barça stadium, but also some of its Romanesque churches, not to mention the odd biscuit factory or two.

Regrettably some of the models need some serious renovation work, but it makes for quite a fun day out with kids, especially if you've already "been there, done that". Be warned, you'll be disappointed if you've been to Legoland.

The site isn't up to much, but provides (importantly!) directions as to how to get there (car required).

Castles in Catalonia

Fascinated by castles? This is your site. It reckons that there are, or rather were, over 1,000 castles in Catalonia, ruins of around 600 of which can still be seen today. Many date back to the time of the Moors, Catalonia having marked the northernmost limit of their advance in eastern Spain.

Barcelona itself has the impressive fortress of Montjuich, overlooking the city. If you really are potty about castles, you may find this second castles site interesting (Catalan only).

 

See also

Day and weekend trips outside Barcelona

The Barcelona Tourist Board site has an excellent "near Barcelona" section, which will also be of interest.

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Palau Robert
Arteguias
Catalonia in Miniature
Castles in Catalonia

There are endless things to see and do in Barcelona but, particularly if you have you own transport (or hire a car), there is also a lot to see outside the city, with Catalonia being one of the loveliest parts of Spain, both inland as well as along its coast.

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Day and weekend trips outside Barcelona

Port Aventura

See also

The Diputació de Barcelona has a great site with suggestions of what to see outside Barcelona and discover that, outside the capital, Barcelona is much more...

Organised tours

Bus turistic

The Catalunya Bus Turístic, run by the Tourist Board, offers four routes taking you outside Barcelona.

Trips offered are to Gaudí's Colònia Güell and Montserrat; to Girona and the Dalí museum at Figueres; wine tasting in the Penedès, south-west of Barcelona; and "chic outlet shopping at La Roca Village.

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