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.
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.
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.
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.
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?