Trips near Barcelona
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- Winter getaway to Maresme
- Discover Vallès Oriental
- 48 houres in Berguedà
- Off to Anoia
- Family getaway to Bages
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Vallès Oriental is a county without the sea or large rivers, but the importance that water has played and plays in its character is beyond doubt. That is why, on this getaway, we want to invite you to visit two renowned spa towns: La Garriga and Caldes de Montbui. Water is also a major feature in the place where we will end our tour, Sant Miquel del Fai.
With its many natural spaces and unique archaeological remains, the Baix Llobregat is a region that offers many places to explore. We suggest that you spend your weekend going back to prehistoric times by visiting the Mines of Gavà, by losing yourself in the Llobregat delta and the caves of Montserrat, where you will have many opportunities to enjoy the scenery and disconnect from your everyday routines. And all of this at very short distance from the city of Barcelona.
Wine permeates every nook and cranny of the Alt Penedès: its landscapes, gastronomy and industry all revolve around it and it has become both a way of making a living and a way of life. Nature and wine-tasting are both present in our proposal for a weekend that we hope will help you to discover wineries and take the first steps to becoming a wine connoisseur, or at least being able to tell a good wine from a bad one.
We could spend a whole weekend just in the capital city of Vic and we will, in fact, spend quite a few hours there on this trip. However, we will also take advantage of our 48 hour stay in order to get to know the other villages on the plain, like Folgueroles and Sant Julia de Vilatorta and take to bikes or horses to get out and explore the region's natural environments.
Enjoy the sea, explore the legacy of Romanticism and taste a dish of xató, one of the stars dishes of the Penedes region. These are just three of the essential experiences that Garraf offers its visitors. The massif that gives its name to the county is part of a natural park that extends over 12,000 acres and that increases even more the number of activities you can take advantage of during an intense weekend.
Amazing cultural venues in the Barcelona region
Episcopal Museum of Vic
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
Kursaal – Espai d’arts escèniques Manresa
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
Castell de Claramunt
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
Biblioteca-Museu Víctor Balaguer
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
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