Catalonia is one of Spain’s richest and most highly industrialized regions. Many people are familiar with Barcelona, but did you know that there are three provinces in addition to Barcelona? The other provinces of Catalonia are Girona, Tarragona, and Lleida, which have also a lot of to offer. Let’s explore a bit outside of Barcelona!
Cadaqués – The Beautiful Fishing Village
Often named “The Pearl of Costa Brava”, Cadaqués is one of the most beautiful places in Costa Brava. It is located only 2 hours from Barcelona and it is easy to reach by bus. It has been a favorite of Catalan’s for many years. There are many museums, historic sites, and local festivals. We are sure that its white buildings, small streets and stunning sea views won’t let you down. In addition, people know Cadaqués because it is the home of the famous artist Salvador Dali. Don’t miss Casa Salvador Dalí Museum, which is a 20-minute walk from the center of Cadaqués. If you are eager to know more about Dalí and Cadaqués, choose Spanish Trails’ Surreal Cadaqués & All Things Dalí Day Trip.
Peratallada – The Town of Carved of Stone
Peratallada is known for its old stone buildings, little old-fashioned squares, and nice restaurants. It is a very small town with less than 500 inhabitants. Peratallada is on the Costa Brava as well, about 136 km from Barcelona. You can go there by train or car. The main attractions are the ancient Plaça de les Voltes, the 13th-century Romanesque church, the town walls, and the lovely buildings and towers that once made up the castle of Peratallada.
Tossa De Mar – The Blue Paradise
Tossa De Mar, also on the Costa Brava, is halfway from the center of Barcelona and the French border. This pretty town is an ancient fishermen’s village, which attracts a lot of tourists nowadays. Tossa de Mar has three main beaches, where the water is crystal clear and the sand is white. On the Platja Gran Beach, you can see the ancient castle Vila Vella, which is the only remaining fortified medieval town on the Catalan coast and has some very interesting history. Today there are many restaurants, cafes, shops, and museums. So please, spend at least little time in Vila Vella with the awesome panoramic views!
Besalú – The Wonderful Medieval Town
Situated in the east of La Garrotxa, Girona, Besalú is best known for its impressive fortified Romanesque bridge and cobbled streets. This small lovely town has a lot of culture, history, and architecture to see and explore. You will fall in love with the beautiful plazas, sweet outdoor cafes and old churches. Don’t forget to visit the Museum of Miniatures and Microminiatures.
Rupit – The Town with Postcard Perfect Views
Rupit is situated 98km from Barcelona. All the streets and houses in Rupit are made from stone, so you can feel the rustic atmosphere! Rupit is called “a fairy tale village”, because of its romantic air, old Romanesque houses, and cobblestone streets of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It is definitely one of the prettiest villages of Catalonia. Take some time to explore the beautiful waterfalls, rivers, and flowers. In addition, you don’t want to miss churches in the area or the impressive remains of Rupic Castle. With our Medieval Mountain Village & Panoramic Trails, you will experience Pyrenees villages, panoramic trails, waterfalls and country cuisine!
These 5 villages are really worth visiting, especially when you feel like taking a little break from busy Barcelona and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. You can do some day trips on your own or with Spanish Trails or you can book an accommodation and stay a bit longer. Enjoy your stay in Catalonia!