Side trip from Barcelona
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Mar 10, 2013 9:12 PM Last Post By: TracyWhitmey
Mar 2, 2013 9:44 PM
Side trip from BarcelonaHi
We will be in Barcelona in October for about a week.
Any suggestions for a side trip of 2-3 days out of the city, either:
1) in the Pyrenees
2) at the coast?
Ideally we would like a small town or village to stay, then we can potter around the area and maybe do a bit of hiking. Good food would be a welcome bonus. Don't need nightclubs or shopping! We will probably have a hire car.
Mar 3, 2013 7:24 AM
1In the Pyrenees you could go to a village close to Aigüestortes i Estany Sant Maurici National Park (e.g.: a village in Boí Valley). If you are looking for a bigger place, you could go, for example, to Olot and visit Garrotxa's Volcanic Area Natural Park.
In the coast, Cadaqués could be a good option.
Mar 3, 2013 7:26 AM
2I really enjoyed Tarragona. We only went for a day trip, but planning to stay overnight next time.
Mar 3, 2013 10:06 AM
3Montseny for mountains and small villages could be an option. I liked that area quite much. Olot and surrounding small villages is also a picturesque choice, as anillos says.
For the coast, a nice little hike could be Tamariu–Llafranc. There's plenty of villages/towns around Costa Brava where you could stay, and then easily get out and about with your car. And I agree with 0live as well, Tarragona is a cool miniature Rome in Catalonia indeed.
Mar 3, 2013 10:08 AM
4And in case you'd rather not take the car, staying a night in Montserrat and hiking around that area is also highly recommended. Get up in the mountains before the day-trippers arrive, and you'll have them almost by yourself (and the deer).
Mar 4, 2013 3:16 PM
5From my experience of weekend trips from Barcelona, I can recommend Ribes de Freser in the mountains and Llanca on the coast. There is a lot of various hiking options near Ribes de Freser, including mountains of ca. 2000 meters directly above the town or up to 2900 reached by a rack railway to Vall de Nuria. Some nice villages with Romanesque churches are also in the surroundings. Get a good topograhic map!
We picked Llanca mainly because of the ease to reach it by train. There was a nice hike to do from there to the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, down to the coast and back along the coast. If you have a car, maybe indeed Cadaques would be better.
Mar 5, 2013 1:15 AM
6If you have more like 2 days than 3, I too would recommend Montserrat.
Mar 10, 2013 9:12 PM
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