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Trips from Barcelona, Spain

Long time Rick Steve's fan but finally on this website and asking a question. I am planning to visit Barcelona for a week or so. I need help in planning my day trips. If I can only do one trip, which one would you recommend? 1. Travelling north of Barcelona to cover Tossa de Mar, Sa Tuna, Arenys de Mar, Premià de Mar Aiguablava, Tamariu in Costa Brava along with Girona or 2. Travelling South to
Castelldefels, Sitges, El Vendrell, Tarragona, Valenicia. Fuerthermore, can I do either trips without renting a car?
Thank you!
Dennis

Posted by
2280 posts

Hello, welcome to the RS forums!

Firstly when do you plan to make these trips? The time of year will help with makeing a choice.

Also, know that if you plan to visit all of the destinations listed, these trips will turn into 4-5 night excursions. do you have time for that commitment + 4 night minimum for Barcelona alone?

Posted by
3 posts

My bad, I should have included that. The Trip is in last week of August, 2021. I was hoping to keep the trip, either # 1 or #2 to max 2/3 days. Thanks for your response.

Posted by
2280 posts

Thanks! In that case my first choice would be neither of these, if had to do a 2-3 day trip our of Barcelona in late August I would head up to the Pyrenees mountains, as the weather in the summer is the perfect time to explore these majestic mountains, most local Catalans prefer this kinds of mountain escapades, rather than the beach vacations, which are mostly swamped by foreign tourists on summer holiday.

A rental car would be best for this trip:

Barcelona (1 week) - then rent car and drive north
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Girona (2 nights) - Day trip to medieval stone village of Rupit
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Besalú (half day stop)
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Ribes de Freser (1 night) - day trip to Vall de Nuria (Pyrenees)
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Drive back to Barcelona, return car

My second choice would be option 1, but you would probably need a car for that to get to those small costal villages. Last choice would be option 2 (still overall a good option) and you can do this with public transport.

Posted by
2575 posts

My two cents: Carlos +1

Also, keep in mind August is a very busy month, in most places, but especially in towns like Sitges and also most of Costa Brava. Crowds might water down your experience.

Posted by
383 posts

Yes, given your visit is in August I go along with Carles's suggestions—except, maybe, just maybe, instead of Ribes de Freser, strike out to Beget and return to Barcelona via Olot. Enjoy your visit.