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July 9, 2010

Outside Barcelona: Trips Out Of Town When Staying In Barcelona

Your odyssey of the captivating capital of Catalonia doesn’t end up just with exploring the art & architectural wealth within the city, rather it continues to the outskirts and fringes of the city. Barcelona certainly has a lot to offer you in its outlying areas. The city has numerous attractive sites and interesting places located in its outer areas.

Barcelona, you know, is the gem of Catalonia, located on the Mediterranean coast, between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs. The city is limited to the west by the Serra de Collserola ridge, but its attractions have no limits. There are a number of attractions located in the city fringes that you can’t ignore while staying in Barcelona. So, whenever you are in Barcelona, you must take a trip out of the city to explore the wonderful places in the outer areas of the city. Here are some of the sites that you must visit outside Barcelona.

Girona (Girona) – Located in the northeast of Catalonia, at the confluence of the rivers Ter and Onyar, Girona is the capital of Girona Province. It is the city that is more than two thousand years old. The city is known for its Cathedral and the narrow alleys of the Jewish Quarter. You can stroll around the medieval area in the city. You can see the Cathedral and the Museum of the Jewish History.

Figueres (Figueras) – The capital of the comarca (district) of Alt Empordà, in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Figueres is the birth place of artist Salvador Dalí. The place is home to the Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí, the museum that attracts many visitors. It is also the birth place of Narcís Monturiol i Estarriol, inventor of the first combustion powered submarine and anaerobic engine.

Gala Dalí Castle Home Museum – Located in Girona, in the Baix Empordà region of Catalonia, the museum is housed in the Castle of Púbol, which was once the home of the famous surrealist painter Salvador Dalí and his wife Gala. Open to the public since 1996, the Gala Dalí Castle Home Museum, in Púbol, features the paintings & drawings that Dalí gave as presents to Gala, Gala’s haute-couture dresses, furniture, and many other objects of decoration.

Salvador Dalí Home Museum – Located in Portlligat bay, the museum is housed in the Salvador Dalí’s home, which he kelp in Port Lligat, the place that he often visited in his childhood. Portlligat is a small bay to the north of Cadaqués town in the Alt Empordà Comarca, in Girona province, Catalonia. Opened to the public in 1997, the museum itself is considered as the largest surrealist work in the world. It features one of the best collections of Dalí’s works including the famous Basket of Bread, the Galarina, and the Rainy Cadillac. You can also see the painter’s workshop, library, bedrooms where he lived his private life, garden, and the swimming pool.

Catalunya en Miniatura – Located at Torrelles de Llobregat, some 17km/10.5mi south of Barcelona’s center, the Catalunya en Miniatura is a tourist & cultural centre that presents the miniatures of the most important architectural works of Barcelona, such as Park Güell, Sagrada Familia, Arc de Triomf, and Catalan villages, such as Ripoll, and Montserrat. It is one of the largest parks of the kind in the world and the unique in Spain.

Montserrat – Literally meaning “jagged mountain,” Montserrat is a mountain located some 50 kilometers away from Barcelona. The mountain is the site of a Benedictine abbey, Santa María de Montserrat that hosts the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary. It is a Natural, Spiritual, and Cultural centre of Catalonia. You can visit abbey, museum, enjoy mountain walks, and relish the beauty of countryside. You can also visit the vineyards at the winery in the region.

Railroad Museum – The museum is located in the historic steam locomotive depot in the capital of the Garraf comarca, Vilanova i la Geltrú. The museum exhibits in an innovative and active way the universe of trains and their extremely important role in the contemporary world.

PortAventura – Located at the holiday resort of Salou, at Tarragona, in Catalonia, PortAventura is a popular theme park. It is 1 hour run from Barcelona. It features a huge amusement park of Universal Studios, many activities, attractions and shows. It offers you a virtual tour around the five continents.

Costa Brava – Located in the comarques of Alt Empordà, Baix Empordà and La Selva, in the province of Girona, Costa Brava is coastal region of northeastern Catalonia. It stretches from Blanes, 60km northeast of Barcelona, to the French border. You can visit the tourist resort of Lloret and the medieval ruins of the charming Tossa. You can also enjoy a one-hour boat ride from Lloret to Tossa, and enjoy the Tossa beach.

Roses – Situated on the coast at the northern end of the Gulf of Roses, Roses is a municipality in the comarca of the Alt Empordà in Catalonia. It is an important fishing port and tourist centre. It is the place where you can find plenty of great fish restaurants. If you are culture lover, you shouldn’t miss its Ciutadella, with roman, Greek and medieval ruins. You can also enjoy its great sand beach, here.

Cadaqués – Located on a bay near the Cap de Creus peninsula, on the Costa Brava of the Mediterranean Sea, Cadaqués is a picturesque village in the Alt Empordà comarca, in Girona province. It is a 2 1/2 hour drive from Barcelona. It is a hot spot for weekender tourists. You can enjoy strolling up and down the romantic alleys of Cadaqués.

Tortosa – Located in the province of Tarragona, in the south of Catalonia, 12 metres above the sea, by the Ebre River, Tortosa is the capital of the comarca of Baix Ebre. The city was the border of the Christian Europe and the Muslim Spain during the medieval times. The city offers the monumental and historical heritage of three great cultures – Christian, Jewish and Muslim.

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