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5 Reasons to Visit Park Güell

5 Reasons to Visit Park Güell

Park Güell is, without a doubt, one of the key landmarks in Barcelona. A huge outdoor space full of modernist architectural elements, created by renowned architect Antoni Gaudí.

The park owes its name to Eusebi Güell, a rich businessman who was passionate about Gaudí's works and commissioned him to design the park.

Although the original idea was to construct a luxury residential complex, this was abandoned over the years, and a fairy-tale park was built in its place.

No visit to Barcelona is complete without a stroll through Park Güell, discovering all there is to see there.

Gaudí, Gaudí, and more Gaudí

Although the Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà, and Casa Batlló are regarded as his most eminent works, Park Güell is not far behind. Gaudí's modernist style is displayed in both the park's design and its sculptures, which are the main attraction for visitors to Park Güell.

Don't miss out on this special place; the way that nature and architecture coexist in perfect harmony will blow your mind!

We recommend seeing some of Gaudí's most famous works in the park, such as the pavilions, the stairway and the dragon, the Gaudí House Museum, the square with the serpentine bench, the Algarrobo Viaduct, and the Monumento al Calvario.

Pro tip: You need to spend at least a couple of hours in Park Güell to truly discover all of Gaudí’s architectural elements.

The View from Park Güell

Yes, it's true that Park Güell is a little outside the centre — and more touristy area — of Barcelona. However, that also gives it an important advantage: the view.

The park is situated in the neighbourhood of Carmel, where you can find incredible views of Barcelona's rooftops. A panoramic view, different to what you’ll find at any of the city's more typical viewpoints, which allows you to enjoy the Catalan capital from an aerial perspective.

The Music

Many musicians gather at Park Güell during the day, so you can find a different melody around each corner. Let yourself get swept along by the siren calls, taking you from place to place around the park. 

The Relative Tranquillity

Park Güell has a large influx of tourists, sure, but there's no need to get overwhelmed; most of them stay close to the entrance or hang around near the serpentine benches.

So, we encourage you to delve a little deeper into the park and find places where you can't hear a sound, where you can sit and enjoy some peace and quiet in an extraordinary setting.

World Heritage

Park Güell, one of Barcelona's main attractions, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984.

If the experts at the United Nations have classified the park as a site with great cultural relevance and exceptional character for the common heritage of humanity, how can you possibly resist spending a morning there discovering all its secrets and marvelling at its charm?

However, not everything can be seen at the park; Barcelona has many more unmissable tourist attractions, also created by the famous architect.

Make the most of your visit to the Catalan capital with accommodation at the Barcelona Pere Tarrés Youth Hostel, and don't hesitate to check out this prime example of Gaudí modernism.

Theatre Recommendations in Barcelona

Theatre Recommendations in Barcelona

Barcelona is undoubtedly a theatre city. You can find all kinds of theatrical activity here — ranging from musicals, to opera or comedy — all complete with top-level performances.  

There are many different types of play showing in Barcelona, which all capture the audience's attention with their own special charm.

Here you'll find some recommendations for current and upcoming shows in Barcelona. Don't miss out!

Musicals in Barcelona

One type of show that really triumphs on stage is, of course, the musical. 

The entertaining way in which songs and music are used to tell a story is always a surefire bet.

In 2020, Barcelona is putting on various musical productions, which have enjoyed great success throughout the years. Here are some of our favourites:

  • West Side Story. The Musical: This is one of the most significant and iconic musicals in universal theatre. The soundtrack features music by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It's recognised as one of the best soundtracks in the history of musicals. The play is based on the story of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, set in  New York City. There, two young lovers find themselves caught in a rivalry between two street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. Showing until 16 February at Teatre Tívoli.
  • El Médico. The Musical: After enjoying success and receiving great reviews on the Madrid circuit, El Médico arrives to Barcelona. This musical, based on Noah Gordan's worldwide bestseller, is created and produced entirely in Spain. It's an ambitious project which boasts 33 stage actors and 20 live musicians, resulting in the largest orchestra in Spanish musical theatre.

It depicts the adventures of Rob, a young orphan, who travels the world to discover the best, most alternative medicine on the planet. Until he falls in love for the first time. Not to be missed! Showing from 2 to 19 April at Teatre Tívoli.

How about some Comedy?

There's no two ways about it, comedy shows enjoy the most success and the best reviews on the Barcelona circuit. You're in luck! Barcelona has a wide variety of comedies on show, so there's something for everyone. Here’s a couple of our top recommendations:

  • Mucha Tontería: The new monologue from Berto Romero. Based on an accurate description of his real-life experience on stage over the last 20 years. The title itself (in English, A Lot of Nonsense) gives insight into what you can expect in this monologue, which has already won different awards, thanks to its new stories, new songs, and the occasional surprise.
  • David Guapo: #quenonosfrunjanlafiesta: A monologue starring one of the most successful comedians of the moment. David Guapo has quickly gone from being relatively unknown to a huge phenomenon, thanks to performances like this. This is not to be missed!

Other Types of Theatre in Barcelona

We also have to make special mention to magic.  During the last few months, Barcelona has been showing one of the most extraordinary magic shows ever to be seen. 

Nothing is Impossible from the Mago Pop (The Pop Magician), is a journey through the extraordinary, full of surprises, fun, sensitivity, rhythm, and emotion; an adventure full of illusion with a huge performance from the Mago Pop, who shows his audience every night that, Nothing is Impossible! Don't think twice! Grab your tickets now for this spectacular show at Teatre Victoria.

This is just a small starter on the huge menu of plays you can find in Barcelona. We encourage you to do some investigating for yourself, and always keep an eye out for the theatre offers in the city. We have no doubt that a regular trip to the theatre really improves your quality of life!

We'd recommend that you check out a few different pages when buying tickets for theatre shows, as occasionally you can find discounts and offers for theatre tickets at a very reduced price. Waste no more time! And, as they say in the theatre: Break a leg!

Make the most of your visit to the Catalan capital with accommodation at the Barcelona Pere Tarrés Youth Hostel, and don't miss out on the opportunity to enjoy some theatre while you're here!

5 New Year's Eve plans in Barcelona that you cannot miss

5 New Year's Eve plans in Barcelona that you cannot miss

Goodbye 2019, welcome 2020! Without a doubt, New Year's Eve is one of the most special, eagerly awaited moments of the year.

Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate the arrival of the new decade with your loved ones with one of these plans for New Year's Eve in Barcelona, and with which you will enjoy a night to remember.

Celebration in María Cristina

One of the best plans to celebrate the New Year in Barcelona is to go to the show that takes place in the area of Avenida María Cristina.

This is one of the most massive events in Barcelona, around 70,000 people get together each year to enjoy this New Year's Eve show.

But also, since 2014, the year is received in Barcelona with this show of music, colour and pyrotechnics in the magical fountain of Montjuïc. Don’t miss this macro plan for New Year!

Restaurants with a special charm 

On the other hand, if your idea is to enjoy this day next to your friends and acquaintances in a more intimate place, and without such an agglomeration of people, there is the option of dining in some restaurants that have a special charm so you can have a magical night in which to say goodbye to the year.

There are many types of restaurants and, depending on your tastes, you can find all kinds of menus, menus and gastronomic offers.

Enjoy the Barcelona night

After 12 grapes and toast, whether at home, in a restaurant or on Avenida María Cristina, it is time to get you groove on. Barcelona is full of bars and clubs to celebrate the entrance of the year in style depending on your musical tastes and your budget. Of course, it is very important that you book tickets in advance so as to avoid disappointment or having to pay up to double at the box office.

One of the great options to start the year in a big way is to dance at one of the city’s legendary nightclubs. Being the New Year's Eve you can enjoy several offers and promotions that will not be within your reach for the rest of the year. Take advantage of them!

 

The great party of Poble Espanyol

One of the most popular plans to enjoy the New Year is the big party organised at Poble Espanyol.

They have been celebrating this event for 30 years, which year after year is reaffirmed as one of the most emblematic New Year's Eve parties in Barcelona. You can live the special moment in a great atmosphere; there will be grapes, cotillion, glasses and good music until 6 in the morning.

At home and among family

Finally, we must not detract from the fact that we can celebrate the arrival of the new year at home and among family. Gathering friends, preparing a good dinner and sharing the special moments of the last 365 days is also a nice way to close 2019.

2020, and therefore a new decade, is here. And a great option to celebrate your arrival is to stay at the Barcelona hostel of Pere Tarrés, from where you can access very easily all the top spots  where the various activities are celebrated on New Year's Eve.

Reasons to visit Barcelona in winter: don't let the cold stop you!

Reasons to visit Barcelona in winter: don't let the cold stop you!

Although popularly known as a very Mediterranean city where the majority of the tourism influx arrives in summer, that shouldn’t mean you can’t visit one of the most tourist places in Spain, Barcelona is full of charm and magic also in winter.

In the coldest months of the year, you will have the opportunity to see one of the most beautiful aspects of the city and one which bring with it a lot of fun and different activities that you will not be able to access at other times of the year.

Let yourself be carried away by the Christmas spirit

During the Christmas months, colours, lights and festive atmosphere make Barcelona one of the most magical cities in the world. So, don’t miss the opportunity to stroll through the main streets of the city illuminated with colours and beautiful decorations; visit the Christmas markets or the huge mangers organised in different parts of the city or simply get drunk on the festive atmosphere in the metropolis.

Oh, don’t forget to try some typical products of these dates, such as nougat, traditional powdery sweets or churros with chocolate.

Enjoy ice skating

Other of the coolest activities and that you can only do in Barcelona in winter is to spend a few hours skating on ice, perhaps the best known are those of Skating or Palau Blaugrana, which are also open every day of the year.

However, if you prefer to look for a much more central place in the city, Barcelona has other perfectly valid options. In the same central part of the l'Illa Diagonal Shopping Centre, an ice rink is placed every winter that could teleport you to the Rockefeller Centre in New York. However, it is advisable to check their availability to ensure you enjoy the experience.

Visit the main tourist attractions without the crowds

As we have commented previously, winter is the time of the year where the city hosts a smaller influx of tourists. Thus, traveling to Barcelona during these days can allow you to delight in the main tourist attractions of the city, in a much quieter and calmer way.

La Sagrada Familia, the most important architectural temple in the city created by Antoni Gaudí; the Mercat de la Boquería or the combination of landscaped natural resources with modernist architecture offered by the Parc Güell, are some of the main options that can be visited without having to share the space with an exaggerated amount of visitors.

Winter all covered up

If you really don't like the cold at all, don't worry. Barcelona also has options so that those who suffer the cold the most can enjoy the city under cover and in warmer places.

Starting with museums: the Catalan city has a huge variety of museums of virtually any theme, to enjoy art and architecture from different eras. Among them, the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) stands out, located in Montjuïc, from where you can also see the show of the Font Màgica from its cafeteria.

On the other hand, Barcelona also has a huge number of theatres. Virtually every day there are scheduled performances in the more than 100 theatres that the city has. In addition, another great option, which will also allow you to anticipate the Christmas holidays, is to visit some of the shopping centres for shopping or looking for some gifts for those closest to you.

New Year's Eve and Carnival

Finally, visiting Barcelona in winter will give you the opportunity to celebrate some of the most special nights of the year, such as New Year's Eve. The official party is composed of a 45-minute music, water and pyrotechnics show at Montjuïc Fountain.

Subsequently, and after eating the twelve grapes, the city has many places to go out until dawn, to end the night (or start the day) eating some churros with chocolate.

In addition, at the end of February Carnival is celebrated. And although different events are organised in Barcelona, a few kilometres away you can enjoy the famous Sitges Carnival, where you can live one of the craziest nights of the year in an inclusive, respectful environment and, above all, with a lot of partying!

Therefore, don’t let the cold stop you and visit Barcelona in winter too. Staying at the Pere Tarrés hostel in Barcelona, you can reach the top spots very easily and we will answer all your questions in order to enjoy the best activities offered by the city in winter.

5 Christmas activities in Barcelona that you cannot miss

5 Christmas activities in Barcelona that you cannot miss

Lights and decorations on the streets; fairs and markets; the smell of traditional sweets and nougat, people everywhere, and many activities to be carried out in various parts of the city.

Yes, Christmas is here! A time of peace and solidarity seasoned with some holidays during which you cannot miss these 5 Christmas activities in Barcelona that are organised during these days.

Take a walk and enjoy the Christmas decorations

There is a common idea that Christmas is the time of the year where the most money is spent. However, there are many activities with which to enjoy the magic of these days without spending a dime. One of them is as simple as walking through the streets of Barcelona during these magical days.

Until 6 January, the main streets and façades of some buildings are illuminated with the aim of flooding the city with the Christmas spirit. And you cannot miss the opportunity to visit the Manger installed in Plaça Sant Jaume, in front of the City Hall, the best known square of the city: more on that later.

There are also several Christmas trees placed along the busiest shopping streets, and the ones in Portal del Àngel, the L’Illa or La Maquinista shopping centres are examples of this.

Therefore, we encourage you to get lost in the corners and streets that will be especially decorated, and thus enjoy the decoration, shop windows, lights and any other Christmas decoration.

Visit the Christmas markets

Barcelona becomes, on Christmas days, a true concentration of Christmas markets where you can find both handmade figures of Bethlehem (you can’t miss having a caganer at your Christmas), as all kinds of cuisine typical of these festive dates. Visiting them is one of the fundamental components to be able to know the culture of the territory during these times and soak up the magic of these special days.

The best known is the Fira de Santa Llúcia, one of the great emblems of the city, since it represents the Christmas spirit with its 232 years of history. You can find it in the Placita de la Seu, just in front of Barcelona Cathedral. However, it is not the only one. If you want to enjoy markets that keep their magic intact and without so many crowds, you also have the option of the Christmas Fair in Sagrada Familia, at the foot of the most emblematic building of Antoni Gaudí; or the Fira de Reis on Gran Via.

Let yourself be surprised by the mangers

One of the Christmas activities in Barcelona is to visit the mangers installed in different locations and in representative places of the city. The best known is the one located in Plaça Sant Jaume. This is perhaps the largest, with its quintessential Christmas representation.

On the other hand, if you fancy seeing more hand-crafted mangers, you can visit the annual manger themed tournament organised in the city, where mangers will be installed in places like the Parròquia de Ntra. Senyora de Betlem, the Museu Diocesà de Barcelona Pia Almoina or the Palau Mercader, among others.

Christmas at Poble Espanyol

During the month of December, Poble Espanyol becomes a purely Christmas scenario, where you can find a great Christmas market, both for decoration and traditional food-and-drink or crafts products; living cribs, and many children's activities; Santa's house, workshops, gymnastics, animation, performances, film screening and much more.

A good chocolate with churros

What would Christmas be without trying the typical delicacies of these celebrated dates? So, after a cold Christmas shopping afternoon, stop to replenish strength and calories with a good chocolate with churros in some of the great classics of Barcelona such as Viader, Dulcinea or Petritxol.

Don’t forget to visit them to enjoy the taste of their chocolate churros!

Don’t let the cold force you to stay at home and miss the opportunity to get drunk on the magical Christmas atmosphere of these days in Barcelona. And if what you have in mind is to visit the city, take the opportunity to stay at the Pere Tarrés hostel in Barcelona, and visit the main activities during these holidays.

Ski resorts near Barcelona

Ski resorts near Barcelona

The cold and the snow have arrived at the Catalan ski resorts: with our tips, you can be sure about spending a perfect day in the snow, several kilometres from the city of Barcelona.

So, in this new post we will show you the different options for you to enjoy a new ski season near Barcelona.

There are several options if you want to ski near Barcelona, both for spending the day or several days in the mountains far from the city. Here are some of the alternatives available to you.

Port del Comte resort

Located in the province of Lleida, specifically in the municipality of La Coma and La Pedra, this is one of the best options for ski lovers. It has 37 tracks and 16 lifts so you can have an intense day of snow and snowboarding.

The Port del Comte resort is ideal for families, couples or groups of friends, because it is the closest resort to Barcelona, only about two hours away by car (150 km).

You can also enjoy a getaway for a couple of days, as it has accommodation very close to the slopes. So... what are you waiting for to enjoy this great activity?

La Molina resort

This resort is located in the province of Girona and the journey there usually takes about two hours by car from Barcelona.

With 61 kilometres of ski slopes and 12 ski lifts, it is one of the most popular ski resorts in the Catalan territory.

Compared to Port del Comte resort, La Molina is much smaller and has more visitors during the peak season thanks to its wide range of ski and snowboard services.

It also has several circuits of sleds, ski rackets and snowmobiles that promise a snow getaway that’s 100% fun! In addition, the little ones can have fun in the kids' area, with ice rinks and a snow garden especially for them.

Baqueira Beret resort

This is another resort located in Lleida, in the Aran Valley, and it boasts 120 km of open and wide tracks with lots of snow due to its location in the Catalan Pyrenees. Here you can ski near Barcelona.

It offers a number of services, ski lifts and large slopes, which make it the second best ski slope in Spain (after the Sierra Nevada in Granada). Do you fancy having a good time in one of the descents on the slopes of Baqueira Beret?

Like other resorts, it offers other activities such as ski lessons, equipment rental, snow rackets, snowmobile routes and even visits to the caviar factory. With its privileged location, the amount of snow that falls annually is abundant, making it one of the busiest ski resorts in Spain.

Esquí Parc resort

Next to the natural park of Aigüestortes, in the town of Espot (Lleida), this ski resort is located near Barcelona.

It has slopes for skiers or more advanced snowboarders and is one of the perfect places to enjoy the snow and escape the hustle and bustle.

The landscape is really beautiful as it is located in lush black pine forests with unprecedented views. In addition, it is one of the best places to go as a family because it has activities such as snow christening, snow rackets and more.

Vall de Núria

Finally, this resort is located in the municipality of Queralbs (Girona), at an altitude of approximately 2,000 meters. These are more tracks for beginners and fans of skiing or snowboarding, or those at an intermediate level.

There are 7 km of snow track that offer a pleasant and familiar experience, where you can enjoy typical activities as well as others, such as a visit to the sanctuary where the Virgin of Núria and the Hermitage of San Gil are located.

So if you are spending a few days in the city and you wish to spend a day in the snow, here are some tips so you know where to go for some skiing... Don’t hesitate to take advantage of your visit to Barcelona to stay at the Pere Tarrés Barcelona Hostel and enjoy a snow break during the winter months!

The best Christmas markets in Barcelona

The best Christmas markets in Barcelona

Although we are still in November, the reality is that time passes too quickly, and Christmas is already just around the corner.

In a matter of days the streets of Barcelona will begin to fill up with the lights decorating the facades of the buildings, thoughts of how to decorate the Christmas tree and the manger this year, or simply how to enjoy the city of Barcelona at this special time of year.

And the reality is that, for these days to be as unique and peaceful as possible, one of the keys is to have everything thought in advance and not leave things to the last minute.

Therefore, the Christmas markets of Barcelona are essential to learn about the culture of the city during this time of year and get entranced by the magic they offer.

Most of these Christmas markets are concentrated during the month of December, where you can find handmade figures of Bethlehem (your Christmas is not complete without your caganer) and how can you resist singing “caga tió, hazelnuts and nougats”, while you hit the poor little trunk dressed as Santa Claus with wooden sticks.

Thus, taking advantage of your accommodation at the Pere Tarrés Barcelona hostel during festive dates, we have prepared a list of the best Christmas markets in Barcelona, so you don't miss a thing.

Santa Llúcia Fair

This is the quintessential Christmas market in Barcelona. It is a great emblem of the city, since it represents the Christmas spirit with its 232 years of history. You can find it in the Placita de la Seu, just in front of Barcelona Cathedral.

There you will discover the best Bethlehem figures, the best craftsmen dedicated to Christmas, Easter flowers, mistletoes, trees... everything that reminds you of the holidays and is beautiful is here. Without a doubt, a must-see in Christmas Barcelona.

Christmas Market in Sagrada Familia

At the foot of the most emblematic building of Antoni Gaudí, rests the little sister of the Fira de Santa Llúcia: the Christmas market of the Sagrada Familia. With more than sixty years of history, it has also become an unavoidable event for people visiting the city.

It is a fair where you can find typical Christmas decorations at an affordable price; but it is also very focused on the food products representative of this period, such as nougat and nuts, or for the sale of gifts, especially handicrafts, jewellery and clothing. It will be practically impossible for you to leave without trying a delicacy or buying a gift for your family back at home.

Happy Christmas Market

This Market, organised by Nau Bostik in the Sagrera neighbourhood, brings together over 40 designers and creatives from different disciplines.

Here you can find vintage pieces, urban art, live music and dance and food trucks.

In addition, an important detail for animal lovers: pets are also welcome. Perhaps it is the most alternative market version you can find in Barcelona for the Christmas dates.

Fira de Reis

Finally, the last market we recommend is located on Gran Via (between Comte d'Urgell and Calabria).

In these stalls you can find everything: from the typical figurines of the nativity scene to accessories, toys, baubles, chocolate, jewellery... But what makes it stand out above other fairs are the churrerías. So, if you are one of those who like to eat and get excited about the Christmas atmosphere, this is your place.

After reading this, the excitement of experiencing Christmas has suddenly awakened and the child inside you is ready to play. So, taking advantage of your visit to the city, stay at unique accommodation such as the Barcelona Pere Tarrés hostel and do not miss the opportunity to visit the best Christmas markets in Barcelona.

Discover the Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona

Discover the Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona

The Basílica of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona is architectural excellence, and with a great history, that does not have the same tourist thrust that other religious buildings of the Catalan capital, but it is of vital importance in the evolution of the territory.

Built between 1329 and 1383, this beautiful basilica is considered the best and most complete example of Catalan Gothic architecture, in addition to the great importance that was bestowed on it in its time, as this religious representation was built by parishioners, fishermen, workers (known as bastaixos) and the residents of La Ribera neighbourhood.

History marked by the attacks and their restoration

The authors of the project that gave life to the Basílica of Santa Maria del Mar were Berenguer de Montagut and Ramón Despuig. It is a church considered popular and of great importance to the people of the city, since it was financed by ship-owners and merchants, and a large part of the local population participated in its construction.

Even so, it should be noted that the image it presents today is the result of the restoration it has undergone in recent years, since different parts of the monument were destroyed because of the different wars that the city suffered. Specifically, one of its worst moments was the fire that anarchists and communists caused during the Civil War (1936), which destroyed the magnificent baroque altar and all the images and archives of the temple.

This fact is also the reason why the interior of the temple has a blackened aspect that only adds greater mystery and interest.

A jewel of Catalan Gothic

The Basílica of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona is considered the best and most complete example of Catalan Gothic architecture.

Outside you can see the peculiarities of this architectural style, such as straight lines and solid buttresses that give it a robust, compact appearance, very different from European Gothic cathedrals. The bell tower is octagonal and the doors are solid oak with iron decorations.

But, without a doubt, the main beauty of this temple is inside. The imposing structure has an interior with three naves, where the central one has great light capacity and its construction is based on the old ad quadraum technique. Composed of extensive bare and endless stone surfaces and slender palm-shaped columns harmoniously erect a connection between all its parts.

The combination of all these elements, the captivating magic of the basilica per se and its beautiful stories make it an example of the distinction in Europe in the Gothic era.

Different types of visits

The architectural monument is located in the Gothic quarter. Specifically, its address is Plaza de Santa María, 1; and you can easily reach it with Line 4 of the subway, getting off at the Jaume I stop.

The entrance to its interior is free, and it is open from Monday to Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sundays and holidays, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

In addition, it should be noted that, although the entrance to the interior is free, there are different options at reduced prices to learn more about its architecture with the help of a guide; and access to the towers and terraces does carry a supplementary charge.

On the other hand, during summer sunsets there is also the option of visiting in very small groups to practically walk alone through the interior of Santa María del Mar. This special visit ends on the terraces of the monument, where you can contemplate the narrow alleys of Born, the main buildings of Ciutat Vella and an impressive 360º panoramic view of Barcelona when it gets dark.

Interesting, right? Well, it doesn’t end here, after planning the route through the Born area and walking through the most Gothic areas of the city, it is time to rest and the Pere Tarrés Barcelona hostel is perfect to discover all the secrets of the Basílica of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona, the great jewel of Catalan Gothic.

5 villages close to Barcelona by train

5 villages close to Barcelona by train

Barcelona is a city that offers countless tourist alternatives and magical places that are worth getting to know. And we’re not just talking about sites in the city and its surroundings, but making the most of the great links with the whole territory thanks to trains and railroads allow you to discover corners away from the metropolis with a special charm.

Thus, taking advantage of the accommodation at the Pere Tarrés Barcelona hostel, in this new post we present five villages close to Barcelona by train that can be easily reached, and that should not be missed for anything in the world.

Girona

In a little over an hour by train (40 minutes by AVE) you will find the colourful and dazzling province and city of Girona.

It is one of the places where it’s a real pleasure to get lost, especially for its narrow streets in the historic centre. In addition, during the tour you will be amazed by its many Gothic buildings such as the impressive Cathedral and the old Jewish quarter, or Call.

Other places to visit in Girona are the bridges and the colourful hanging houses of the river d’Onyar, which separate the new part from the old one, the monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants, the Rambla de la Llibertat or the Parque de la Devesa, and you can end the day with a walk by the city wall.

In addition, if you are fans of the famous Game of Thrones series, you will be happy to know that key scenes were filmed in emblematic sites of the city.

The trip to Girona can also be combined with a small excursion to Figueres (the train is only 30 minutes more) where you will have the opportunity to visit the museum of the famous painter Salvador Dalí.

Sant Pol de Mar

If you are interested in coastal towns near Barcelona, there is no better option than Sant Pol de Mar.

Located in the Maresme region, land of fishermen and farmers, we find this typically Mediterranean town, with its white houses and narrow, stepped streets that rise forming beautiful corners where you can enjoy the views of the Mediterranean Sea. In addition, at a cultural level it should be noted that the town retains beautiful modernist houses and churches that you will instantly fall in love with.

This beautiful Mediterranean town can be reached very easily by train, with the R1 RENFE Rodalies service, in under 45 minutes.

Sitges

Let’s keep talking about the sea, but this time in terms of one of the most charming villages on the south coast of Barcelona: Sitges. A little over 30 minutes by train, there is a place that was a refuge for modernist artists and the residence of the Indian bourgeois, and that still retains the sailor character that it’s always had since its origins.

Do not miss the walk along the seafront, and make sure you make time to wander through its narrow streets until you find the Cau Ferrat, a museum that was the residence of the artist Santiago Rusiñol.

Penedés Vineyards

In a brief train journey from Barcelona you can reach Vilafranca del Penedés, capital of Alto Penedés.

A terrain dominated by landscapes of vineyards and wineries, its excellent wines and its unmistakable cavas are famous in the area, and in addition you will find some of the activities offered to enjoy wine tourism, such as wine tasting, sleeping in a winery or an extensive walk between vineyards.

The Torres wineries are the most famous in the area – you can visit them on your own, or there is the option to buy a ticket for the Train of the Vineyards, a very inexpensive promotion that includes the round trip from Barcelona to the famous wineries.

Claramunt Castle

As a last option (but not least) we recommend a train ride to Claramunt Castle, located in the Anoia region.

In this case, to get there you have to take a train from the Generalitat Railways that start from Plaza España to Claramunt Village. Once there, you have to walk about 45 minutes until you reach the top of the mountain, where the castle is located. But the walk is worth it. Once at the top, you can visit one of the best preserved fortresses in Catalonia, while enjoying beautiful panoramic views of the Anoia region.

Do not fall into the trap of believing that Catalonia is only Barcelona. At a very short distance from the big city you’ll find places that will teach you a little more about the history and culture of the territory. What are you waiting for?