Barcelona is blessed with good weather all year round, so it's the perfect place to pack up a hamper and have a picnic outdoors. We show you five of our favourite spots around the city to enjoy a packed lunch with friends.
Just one hour on the train from Barcelona, Tarragona sits invitingly on the Costa Dorada, and makes for a convenient day trip from the Catalan capital. An ideal destination for history buffs and sunseekers alike, the city is worth taking the time to visit if you find you're at a loose end in Barcelona.
When visiting Catalonia, Sitges is well worth a visit. Steeped in history, this glamourous town has so much to offer, from beautiful beaches to zombie film festivals! Sitges is so easy to get to - just 40 minutes by train from Barcelona's city centre - and offers a good all-round option for a day trip from Barcelona.
Within easy reach of Barcelona, Montserrat, the mountain at the heart of Catalonia, offers an excellent day trip from the city. A visit to Montserrat monastery and a walk among its steep crags is an unforgettable experience.
Step back from the Costa Brava coastline to wander through Girona. Discover the mix of influences that has shaped this beautiful and historic city and explore the impressive attractions before relaxing by the river with drink or enjoying tapas in one of the squares.
Whether you are visiting Barcelona for 3 days or have been here 3 years, a helicopter tour will give you a whole other perspective of the Catalan capital. Its great skyline makes Barcelona the perfect city to experience from on high.
Summer's just round the corner and it's time to dust down that beach towel! If you fancy getting away for a day, Barcelona offers loads of options - from the Costa Brava in the north to the Costa Dorada in the south. Spoiled for choice? We talk you through some of our favourite beach spots, all within easy reach by train from Barcelona. Mediterranean sun here we come...