09 Nov Casamona’s Fantastic Guide to a Weekend In and Around Barcelona
Last weekend the Casamona International marketing team was busy exploring Barcelona and Catalonia’s surrounding areas. Check out the article we have put together to show off some of our favorite destination guides to a weekend in and around Barcelona
From beach towns to hikes in the mountains to the hustle and bustle of the city, we hope that this can provide some inspiration for you all to discover new elements of this fantastic city.
Montserrat is a small mountain range that lies just over an hour by train from the heart of Barcelona. It is a perfect spot for those who enjoy hiking, nature, and fantastic views over the countryside. There are tens of kilometers of paths that weave their way through the hills for keen walkers. And for those who are not so inclined, a funicular runs to the top so the views won’t be missed! Furthermore, visitors will find Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey nestled amongst the peaks. The monastery, originally founded in the 11th century, is still functioning today and is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the area.
Sitges is an equally stunning destination, and perfect for those who prefer the seaside to the mountains. It is a great, relaxing environment to kick back on the weekend and enjoy some Spanish sun. Aside from the beach, there is an array of museums, churches, picturesque Spanish streets, and even a Bacardi Distillery for a special treat. Sitges is also one of Spain’s most thriving gay community and all travelers are openly welcomed.
Montjuic & Poble Sec
Just on the fringe of Barcelona, overlooking the heart of the city is Montjuic. On the lower slopes of the hill lie the famous Magic Fountains. Also, the Catalonia National Art Gallery which is a lovely place to spend a morning. Many paths lead to the Montjuic Castle which sits atop the hill. Walking to the top is a great way to take in a greener side to Barcelona while still being in the city. From the top, one is rewarded with stunning views in all directions and a tranquil spot for a walk or a picnic.
Just below Montjuic is the lovely Poble Sec district. It is full of character and a lovely place to explore. There is a wide range of bars and cafes in archetypal Spanish squares which are always full of life.
Of course, these are just a few great things to do. Barcelona and the surrounding areas are vibrant, and having a good time is far from hard! For more inspiration on what to do in the city, check out our other blog posts.