Barcelona, the city of modernist wonders, is full of corners that fall in love with all who visit it. Stroll through its most charming and old neighborhoods such as El Born, the Gothic Quarter and Gracia, climb the mountains that surround it to enjoy a magical sunset, travel emblematic streets such as Las Ramblas or Paseo de Gracia, gaping at the constructions of Gaudí and Domènech i Montaner, bathing on the beaches of La Barceloneta or Poblenou or enjoying tapas and traditional Catalan food, are just some of the best things to do in Barcelona, which we are sure, will make you fall in love with the city.
In addition to visiting the city, if you have some extra days, it is very interesting to consider a getaway near Barcelona where you have other wonders such as Montserrat, the Costa Brava, Girona, Sitges or Cardona, which you can visit in a day by train, car or Bus from Barcelona.
And since we have to admit that we love Barcelona, a city that we have visited many times, based on our experience, we have made a list of what we think, are the 5 best tours and excursions in Barcelona.
1. Excursion to Montserrat
Montserrat, located about 30 kilometers from the city, is one of the best excursions in Barcelona what can you do. This massif that stands out for its large rocks with surprising shapes, product of erosion and for the Benedictine monastery located in the upper part, is one of the places we are sure, will surprise you.
In the beautiful monastery is the Basilica of Montserrat, where you can listen to sing during the mass, every day at 1 noon, except Saturday, and on Sundays at 12, the children of the choir, which is all an experience. Also inside the monastery you can see La Moreneta, the image of the Virgin of Montserrat, one of the emblems of Catalonia.
Another of the essential visits in Montserrat is the Santa Cova, a small chapel in which it was found La Moreneta, located half an hour walk from the monastery. Another 20-minute walk will take you to the Cross of San Miquel, a place with good views of the monastery between the mountains of Montserrat.
In addition, keep in mind that the Montserrat mountain is also a paradise for climbers and hiking enthusiasts, in which one of the most common routes is the one that goes up to the top of Sant Jeroni located 1236 meters high and that It is another activity that you can not miss if you like contact with nature.
If you do not have a car there are several alternatives to visit Montserrat by public transport from Barcelona. The most common is to use the R5 train line of the FGC (Railways of the Generalitat of Catalonia), which leave every hour, starting at 8:30 a.m., from Plaza España. This line connects with the cable car, Montserrat Aeri station, and the rack railway, Monistrol de Montserrat station, which will take you to the monastery. Another good option is to book a bus tour, with which you can enjoy Montserrat in the most comfortable way.
2. Guided tours of Barcelona
To really know Barcelona, one of the most visited cities in the world, you need several days of walking routes through its most emblematic neighborhoods. We always recommend starting the day very early if you want to visit some of its most famous places such as La Sagrada Familía, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera or Park Güell, all the work of the famous architect Antoni Gaudí and in which long lines are formed, some even with a limited daily entry quota. On these routes you can not forget the incredible modernist buildings such as the Palau de la Música Catalana and the Hospital de Sant Pau, another architecture genius, Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
The route through Barcelona can continue through the streets of some of the most emblematic neighborhoods of Barcelona, such as La Barceloneta, Gracia, El Born, Poblenou or the beautiful Gothic Quarter, perfect neighborhoods for shopping or trying the city's delicious cuisine with tapas and traditional Catalan cuisine.
After eating and to do the digestion, nothing better than the walks during the afternoon on the famous Ramblas and Paseo de Gracia, two of the best free things in Barcelona, which we are sure, will be unforgettable.
To end the day you can opt for a great sunset approaching one of the best viewpoints of Barcelona, located in the Montjuic Mountain or in the Turó de la Rovira.
One of the best tips for traveling to Barcelona and knowing the history of the city is to book some of these visits with a guide in Spanish:
Map of excursions from Barcelona
* More tours and excursions in Barcelona here
If you feel like helping us complete the list of 5 best tours and excursions in Barcelona in Spanish, add yours in the comments.