Trips near Barcelona
Everything you need to know to plan getaways outside the city
- Escape to Alt Penedès
- (Re)discover Baix Llobregat
- Summertime in Garraf
- Vallès Oriental: get away from it all
- Osona under the sun
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With stunning scenery which includes fields, oak forests, windmills and vineyard huts, Alta Anoia is a little-known region that more visitors are discovering. Revelling in the big skies as well as the land, and travelling from the Middle Ages up to recent history are some of our suggestions for your 48 hours in the area. Are you ready?
Bages is a fairly extensive region, but this getaway will take you to a specific part of it - an irregular square between Cardona, Súria, Balsareny and Sallent - where you'll find plenty of attractions to fill up the weekend. Cardona and Súria are crossed by the River Cardener, and Balsereny and Sallent by the River Llobregat, and all of them are marked by their history as frontier lands dotted with forts and castles. In fact, you'll be visiting three castles, all very different, on your getaway.
The lands of Berguedà are perfect for active outings. Tou mines, do water sports, and go climbing and hiking in a unique setting. The silhouette of Pedraforca awaits you, as do the footstepes of giant creatures that were left some 65 million years ago.
We know that going to the Maresme in summer can be synonymous with spending hours at the beach. But if you're up for an alternative, we've got a trip planned for you, in case your visit coincides with less-than-perfect beach weather, or if you end up scorching your skin on the first day and just want a bit of shade. See the sea in the distance as you visit several towns that are just a few kilometers inland. Discover the Maresme that lies between forests and delves into national parks.
It's a densely populated region with cities and which covers a considerably large area but where you can also explore nature and relax. This outing will feature a bit of everything: you'll discover some corners of the Sant Llorenç del Munt i l'Obac Natural Park, do some walking and horse riding, and also get to know one of the region's big cities, Terrassa, where you'll discover one of Catalonia's architectural gems, the Seu d'Ègara church.
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Amazing cultural venues in the Barcelona region
Declared of national interest by the Generalitat Government the museum, especially for the magnificent collection of medieval art it contains, but also for the museum facilities themselves, located next to the Cathedral of Vic. Some 29,000 examples of Catalan Romanesque and Gothic painting and sculpture are on display, as well as pieces of industrial and decorative arts and an excellent collection of woven cloths and liturgical vestments. Among the masterpieces here are the Christ in Majesty from Santa Maria in Lluçà, the Baldachin from Ribes and the the Descent from the Cross from Erill la Vall, all from the twelfth century.
- Plaça del Bisbe Oliba, 3, 08500
The Catalan modernist-style Aymerich, Amat i Jover factory has been home to the Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia for the last two decades. It features around a dozen permanent and various temporary exhibits that reflect the scientific advances that have changed our lives and document Catalonia’s industrial heritage. The museum collection is also spread out in 25 territorial museums and the Generalitat government is planning to integrate all of them in the new National History Museum.
- Rambla d’Ègara, 270, 08221
The Scenic Arts Centre in Manresa has a busy schedule that includes performances in various genres, as well as education in the scenic arts and a bar-restaurant. It’s set in a noucentista-style building from the 1920s that was closed in 1980 and reopened in 2007 as a theatre and concert hall. The main hall has seating for 8,000 spectators, while the smaller one seats 200. It is managed by the Galliner association and attracts some 75,000 spectators every year.
- Passeig de Pere III, 35, 08242
Rather than amenities, castles are monuments, and this is one of 13 castles run by the History Museum of Catalonia. With more than 1,000 years of history, Claramunt Castle is one of the icons of the region, one of the most spectacular forts in the country and the main attraction of the region’s Border Castle Trail. Access is on foot, but the 25 minute walk to the top of the hill will be well rewarded. The trail also includes the castles of Òdena, Tossa, Miralles and Vilademàger.
- Camí del Castell, s/n, 08787
Founded in 1884 by politician and writer Victor Balaguer i Cirera, the original nucleus of the Balaguer Library-Museum consists of the books and artworks that he gathered throughout his life, alongside the many donations received from prominent personalities. The museums’ art collection consists of over eight thousand pieces. In the permanent collection special attention is paid to the examples of art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the quality of which led to the museum becoming a section of the National Museum of Art of Catalonia.
- Avinguda de Víctor Balaguer, s/n, 08800
On the ground floor here there is the tourism office of Caldes de Montbui, an obligatory stop-off to find out everything you need to visit the town. You can also take advantage of your visit to see everything that Thermalia has to offer, from the history of the town’s spas to an important selection of works by the sculptor Manolo Hugue, who lived in the village for many years, and a number of pieces by his friend Pablo Picasso. The temporary exhibition room also features interesting exhibits.
- Plaça de la Font del Lleó, 20, 08140