The Best Day Trips From Barcelona

The Best Day Trips From Barcelona


Barcelona is known for its vivacious art and cultural scene but if you want a break from this bustling city, why not catch a train to a nearby town for a day-long jaunt?

Here are five places to visit should you decide to take a break from the metropolis:


1. Montserrat

Spend a day away from the metropolitan city to explore the beauty of this iconic Catalonian beauty. The base of the mountain houses a Benedictine monastery that is known for its       legendary Black Madonna statue. To uncover on the legend behind the Black Madonna, ride the funiculars up the mountain to Santa Cova, the cave where she was first discovered in 880AD. If you’re feeling adventurous, trek up the Sant Jeroni peak and be awed by the breathtaking view of the valley below. Before you leave, be sure to catch a performance by the world-famous L’Escolania Choir boys at the Basilica– they only perform at 1300 and 1845 daily!

Getting There:

An hour’s journey by train from Barcelona’s Placa d’Espanya station. Choose to travel up the mountain either by cable car or a rack railway ride.



2. Sitges

Hailed as the St. Tropez of Spain, Sitges is famed for its rambunctious nightlife and rollicking annual Mardi gras celebrations. If the raucous nightlife is not your cup of tea, this quintessential seaside town is also home to multiple museums dedicated to the works of Catalan artists- check out the Museo Romantic if you have an appreciation for dolls. Be it the vibrant nightlife or artsy culture, you are sure to find something quirky to do in Sitges (other than topless sunbathing, of course).

Getting there:

Take less than an hour to reach Sitges by train from Barcelona’s city centre, Passeig de Gracia.

3. Colònia Güell

Discover one of Gaudi’s last big projects when you stop by Santa Coloma de Cervelló, a once prosperous suburb. Although only the crypt was completed, the church structure remains striking articulate with its twisted columns. The crypt has a rustic and abstract interior, with colourful stained glass windows in the shape of flower petals. This design is said to have inspired his magnum opus, the Sagrada Família. In addition to Gaudi’s masterpiece, you can explore the rows of old houses in this former textile village to understand how life was like back then.

Getting there:

A short 20-minute journey by train from Barcelona’s Placa d’Espanya station.


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Boasting a rich cultural history, Girona was once home to the ancient Romans, Moors and Jews. For a slice of history, visit the Força Vella, Banys Àrabs and the well-preserved Jewish quarters. Don’t miss out on the picturesque Monestir de Sant Pere de Galligants that has delicate cloisters carved with designs of otherworldly creatures and mythical figures. If this is not for you, take a stroll along the River Onya to admire the brightly-coloured houses before settling down at one of the world's best restaurants, El Celler De Can Roca.

Getting there:

An hour's journey by train from Barcelona’s Sants station.

5. Figueres

The birthplace of Salvador Dali, Figueres is famed for its Dalí Theatre-Museum. Step into the world of Dalí and find yourself surrounded by his artistic brilliance through his greatest works ranging from the whimsical to the deeply religious. Apart from this prominent attraction, there are some other remarkable museums as well -the Toy Museum of Catalonia, Emporda Region Museum and the Technical Museum. Make a pit stop to Castell de Sant Ferran and for just €3, embark on a guided tour around the sprawling 18th century fortress. Before leaving, do stop by local establishments to get your fair share of Dalì memorabilia.

Getting there:

With the new high-speed AVE train, the journey from Barcelona’s Sants station to Figueres only takes 53 minutes. Alternatively, catch this passing train at Passeig de Gracia.


Recommended reading: A Guide to Off the Beaten Path Experiences in Barcelona

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Top Five Must-Eats in Barcelona

Top Five Must-Eats in Barcelona

A culinary hub like Barcelona is truly any foodie’s paradise. With such a rich culture embedded into the city and each corner you pass promising a gastronomic experience like no other, the options of food to choose from is truly endless! Not all of us are lucky enough to live in Barcelona, so here are the top five must eat dishes that you must try during your holiday in this beautiful city.  


1. Tapas

Definitely not one to be missed, Tapas sits on the top of our list as what any traveler must try during their stay in Barcelona. Traditionally served as a snack along with drinks, these small savory dishes can include things like chopitos (fried baby squid) and patatas bravas (diced and fried white potatoes served with a spicy tomato sauce and/or allioli). There is strong "Tapas culture" in Barcelona, where friends chat while eating Tapas and having a drink or two. It is also a way that people make friends, through sharing Tapas at bars and restaurants. Want to make your trip even more exciting? Join our BonAppetour Host, Nani, and learn how to make your very own Tapas!


2. Paella

The quintessential Spanish dish as some would call it. The paella is a Spanish rice dish that is made with a mixture of different herbs, vegetables, and meats like chicken, seafood and even rabbit. Even though the paella did not originate from this city, there is still no excuse for you not to try the Spanish staple while you are in Barcelona. Better yet, why not try making your own with our BonAppetour host, David? Learn how to make this humble dish yourself from a local, and get true insights into the city through this unique Paella making workshop in the heart of Barcelona! 



3. Cava

The Spanish version of sparkling wine, that is made by the same method as champagne, Cava is a drink that is a must try in Barcelona. Made with grapes grown in the Catalonia region, this drink is just as delicious as champagne, but without the exorbitant price tag. Cava can be enjoyed on any occasion, from an after work drink to birthday celebrations and even weddings!


4. Canelons

Canelons are certainly a dish that is not to be missed while you are in Barcelona either. It is made by rolling up minced meat in rectangular pasta sheets, covered in a white roux (bechamel) sauce and cheese. This is savory dish is a classic in Catalan cuisine that can be easily found in restaurants throughout Barcelona. Simple, yet absolutely delicious, Catalan canelons are certainly not to be missed in Barcelona.


5. Crema Catalana

A very traditional dessert to the region, the Crema Catalana is very similar to the Creme Brulee. With an added citrus zest and cinnamon in its custard (which unlike the Creme Brulee, is predominantly vanilla in flavor), comes together to produce a tangy yet sweet treat. This is a dessert that definitely cannot be missed for all the sweet tooths out there who will surely enjoy this creamy and rich treat.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of what you should try during your stay in Barcelona. With a reputation as one of Europe’s biggest gourmet food hubs, the options of what to eat here are truly endless. Did we miss out on any dish on this list? Do let us know what are some dishes that you think are must eats in Barcelona in the comments below!

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BonAppetour Launch in Barcelona

BonAppetour Launch in Barcelona

BonAppetour, es una plataforma global que permite a los viajeros disfrutar de una experiencia gastronómica exclusiva y en privado en hogares de personas residentes en las ciudades que visitan.

Ya se trate de una cena con amigos en una acogedora terraza en Roma, o una cena en casa de uno de los concursantes de Top Chef Concursante en París, o bien una fiesta tradicional con una familia residente en Singapur, cualquiera de estas opciones se puede convertir en inolvidable experiencia gastronómica. ¡BonAppetour está a punto de ponerse en marcha en Barcelona!

 ¿Quieres ser uno de nuestros anfitriones de BonAppetour en Barcelona?

BonAppetour está buscando anfitriones en Barcelona, que pueden mostrar los turistas, lo que la ciudad tiene que ofrecer de su increíble cultura y gastronomía. Muéstranos tu creatividad y haznos saber qué experiencia gastronómica te gustaría compartir con personas de todo el mundo.

Be a BonAppetour Host in Barcelona

Los Co-Fundadores de BonAppetour estarán en Barcelona del 8 al 14 de octubre y estarán encantados de conocerte en persona durante los días 8, 9, 10, 11 y 12 de octubre, para compartir contigo nuestro proyecto y darte la bienvenida a la comunidad. Además podrás disfrutar de servicios exclusivos si eres uno de nuestros primeros anfitriones en Barcelona:

  • con el pack de bienvenida BonAppetour,
  • como una sesión fotográfica gratuita y
  • asistencia personalizada para mejorar tu perfil. 

¡Reserva aquí una fecha para que podamos visitarte! 

Además, te invitamos a participar en nuestra fiesta de presentación el próximo 13 de octubre en Ma Que Bontà. En el evento podrás conocer a otros miembros de la comunidad y pasar una noche donde podrás conocer nuevos amigos, disfrutar de la buena comida y divertirte!
¡Inscríbete ahora, quedan pocas plazas!

BonAppetour is a global platform that lets travelers have the chance to taste authentic local cuisines, and feel the local culture and hospitality, by dining at homes of locals, whenever they travel. Be it a dinner with new friends on a terrace in Rome, or dining at the home of a Top Chef Contestant in Paris, or a traditional banana leaf feast with a local family in Singapore, a memorable dining experience is in store. Now, BonAppetour is launching in Barcelona!

 Want to be one of our hosts at BonAppetour Barcelona?

BonAppetour is looking for hosts in Barcelona, that can show tourists, what the city has to offer- both culinary, and culture. Show us your creativity and let us know what dining experience that you would love to share with people from all over the world.

Be a BonAppetour Host in Barcelona

The BonAppetour co-founders will be in Barcelona from October 8th-14th, and would love to meet you in person to share more about the project, and welcome you into the community. Also, get exclusive services as our first hosts in Barcelona with:

  • a complementary BonAppetour Welcome Pack,
  • free photography services,
  • and special marketing assistance.


Also, you are invited to join our launch party on October 13 in Ma Que Bontà. Meet fellow members of the community and have a great evening filled with new friends, great food, and fun!Sign up now, as there are only few places are left!


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Vegetarian Dining in Barcelona

Vegetarian Dining in Barcelona

Seafood and meat are staples in Catalan cuisine. Given Barcelona's proximity to the sea, it is no surprise that the Catalan capital is a seafood haven. However, this does not mean non-meat eaters are faced with limited dining options in Barcelona. With a growing number of vegetarians and vegans in the city, there is a rise in the number of eateries that can accommodate meat-free diets – just perfect for veggie-loving travellers:

1. Juicy Jones

This hip vegan eatery is popular among the locals for its fresh juices and affordable brunch options. The colourful interiors of Juicy Jones is reflective of the food and beverages that it offers, and contributes to the eatery's funky yet relaxed atmosphere. Who says a plant-based diet is dull? Certainly not at this eatery. 



2. My Pillow Cafe 

Fast food can be vegetarian and healthy, as long as fresh, quality ingredients are used its preparation. My Pillow Cafe does just that, offering diners with a variety of vegetarian fare in a fast food setting. You will find a wide selection of dishes such as tapas, burgers, dumplings, wraps, noodles, soup and fries at affordable prices. Vegan and gluten-free items are also available here. 

3. Santoni Cafeteria

Santoni Cafeteria may not have an entirely vegetarian or vegan menu, but it can certainly accommodate non-meat eaters. This family-run eatery offers a separate vegan menu, and is well loved for its homemade sandwiches, pizzas, salads and pastries. Meat options are also served, making this a convenient dining spot for vegetarians with meat-loving travel companions. Whatever your dietary preferences are, the highly popular chocolate croissant is one treat you cannot miss. 

4. Cafe Camelia

This casual vegetarian cafe sits close to Park Guell, one of Gaudi's most notable works in Barcelona. Cafe Camelia draws a crowd of locals who frequent the cafe for brunch or an afternoon coffee break, and features a menu with vegan and vegetarian options. A good selection of desserts makes this an ideal place for vacation makers in the vicinity looking for a spot to indulge in sweet treats. 

5. Gaudi Bakery

You will find an array of vegan and gluten-free items on the vegetarian-friendly menu at Gaudi BakeryDespite the eatery's proximity to La Sagrada Familia, one of Barcelona's major tourist attractions, the dishes here are reasonably priced. Fond favourites among patrons include the desserts, sandwiches, salads and savoury pancakes. 

6. Home-dining Experience

Fancy a feast of paella? Or, perhaps a spread of scrumptious tapas dishes? Dine with Yves, and he will whip up a storm of Spanish culinary delights that will whet your appetite. Cooking lessons are included in the dining experience, which means that you will get to enjoy an authentic taste of Spain long after your travels. 

The menu can be customised to suit different dietary preferences. Please state any dietary restrictions during your booking process.


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