Although Barcelona offers plenty to see and do, there’s much more to Catalonia than its impressive capital city. In just a short car, bus, or train ride from Barcelona, you can find a variety of options for the perfect weekend getaway. From medieval cities to pristine beaches and or picturesque countryside, Catalonia has it all. Here are three great ideas for a fantastic and relaxing getaway outside of Barcelona.
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Just forty minutes from Barcelona by high-speed train, Girona makes for a perfect weekend escape from the city. This charming town is one of the most fascinating in Catalonia and has earned fame in recent years as a filming location for Game of Thrones. The cobblestoned streets and medieval architecture will take visitors back in time and they walk the maze of beautiful, narrow lanes. Visit the incredible Cathedral of Girona and you will see the widest Gothic nave in the entire world.With plenty of options for things to see and do, you can go on a guided tour or just get lost on your own as you take in the beauty of this one-of-a-kind city.
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Glamping at Forest Days
If you’re looking for an excursion into nature, head to the beautiful province of Lleida. There’s no better way to escape the city than to enjoy the stunning landscapes of the Catalan Pyrenees. For an unforgettable experience, book a couple of nights at a Forest Days campsite. The upscale camping, or “glamping” sites are where luxury and nature meet, and you can enjoy all the comforts of home while, at the same time, feeling fully disconnected from everyday life and in tune with nature. In and around the Forest Days area, it’s possible to get your adventure fix through activities such as trekking, kayaking, swimming, biking, or even horseback riding. You can choose from a variety of experiences, excursions, and gorgeous settings for your weekend getaway in Lleida at Forest Days.
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Calella de Palafrugell
For beach lovers, there’s no better weekend getaway in Catalonia than Calella de Palafrugell. Located on the sparkling Mediterranean in the province of Girona, this ancient fishing village is one of the most beautiful spots on Catalonia’s Costa Brava. With much less tourism than other Costa Brava towns, Calella has preserved its small-town charm and quiet way of life. Its rocky coves and crystal clear waters are unmatched for swimming and the quaint village offers other options for travelers. The botanical garden of Cap Roig is the perfect place for a walk and there’s no shortage of local, family-run restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious seafood meal.
Whether you prefer cities, mountains, or beaches, Catalonia offers the perfect weekend getaway for any kind of traveler. Choose one of these three and you won’t be disappointed!
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