Barcelona Road Trip
A. MontserratNot only is this Benedictine abbey considered to be Catalonia’s most important religious retreat, but on a clear day, a view of all of Mallorca is visible from the mountaintop.
Try to get there in time to hear the boys choir that sings at 1 p.m. every day. Unique rock formations make this destination special and offers climbing enthusiasts the opportunity to hike up the mountain. If hiking isn’t your thing, then you can drive right up the mountain, where there is free parking at the top. If the weather is nice, bring a picnic and eat at the top of the mountain and take in the surrounding scenery.
B. AndorraIf you fancy hitting the slopes for a day or two and are looking for a change of scenery, why not hop in the car and embark on a beautiful three-hour drive to Andorra.
Sandwiched between France and Spain, and arguably one of the world’s most renowned skiing and hiking destinations, it is an ideal alternative to more populated slopes elsewhere in the region. The capital, Andorra la Vella, offers great duty-free shopping, which is a great value.
C. FigueresMake sure to check out the Dali Theatre-Museum, one of the most popular and visited Spanish museums dedicated to Salvador Dali, arguably the most famous surrealist artist of the 20th century.
It’s like nothing you will have ever seen before.
Cadaques, known as the "Pearl of Costa Brava," was a favourite destination for Picasso.
This crystal-clear, well-preserved bay is a tranquil location for relaxing, romantic or family-orientated visits and is relatively protected from mass tourism.
In Port Lligat, you will find the family home of artist Salvador Dali, which is open to the public. In fact, several of his paintings featured areas around Port Lligat.
E. GironaGirona is a historic city saturated with stunning medieval buildings. Unlike other parts of Spain, the city isn’t heavily dependent on tourism and has a consistently relaxed aura year round.
Girona's narrow, cobbled streets give it a romantic feel, making it ideal for a stroll. Go for a walk around the beautiful Jewish Quarter, which not only has great food but also is ideal for antique shopping. We also recommend a visit to the cathedral, which has the widest Gothic nave in Europe and the beautiful Passeig Archeologic gardens behind it.