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Beyond Barcelona

Colonia Guëll crypt

Outside of Barcelona (and its ring of ghastly suburbs) there are endless tempting day trips, made easy by Catalunya's excellent train network.

We've included some of the most popular, from the buzzing beach resort of Sitges to the holy mountain of Montserrat, Dalí's whacky theatre museum in Figueras and Spain's biggest theme park, near the fascinating Roman town of Tarragona. Or visit atmospheric medieval Girona, or perhaps the sun drenched vineyards of Penedès, source of all that lovely cava. Or take in the less-visited city of Terrassa, with its unique ancient churches and Modernista buildings, or the remarkable church Gaudí began before the Sagrada Família.

Colonia Güell

Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece

Figueras: Teatro-Museo Dalí

Surreal fun


Capital of the Costa Brava


Catalonia's biggest antiques market


The Catalan Magic Mountain


Cava, plus a few Modernista Marvels


The Biggest Theme Park in the Med


Barcelona Beach Babylon

SkiBus to La Molina

A day trip to the slopes


The ‘Balcony of the Mediterranean’


Come to Smokestack City

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by Jaume Meneses