Historic town of Sitges outside Barcelona

Historic town of Sitges outside Barcelona

guest post by Thomas Lukjaniec

Countless numbers of tourists flock to Barcelona each year to catch a glimpse of world famous sights and landmarks such as the Sagrada Familia, Las Ramblas and the Camp Nou. This often leads to swarms of tourists clogging up the city centre (especially during the summer months) and ignoring the many wonderful things there are to see and do that are just a stone’s throw away from the Catalan capital. So, if you’re planning a trip to Barcelona, or if you’re already there, then here are five worthwhile ways to escape the crowds.


Royal Basilica in Montserrat Barcelona

Royal Basilica in Montserrat

This breathtaking mountain is situated just an hour so away from Barcelona and is a must see for all those travelling to the city. It proudly boasts UNESCO World Heritage Site status and rises majestically to 1235m above sea level boasting panoramic views of the surrounding terrain. However, the main attraction is the mysterious formation of rocks found here and the beautiful Royal Basilica. Tours to the mountain are available all year round.


Sitges (top photo) is where locals go to unwind on their days off – a strong recommendation indeed. It is the perfect place to escape the tourist infested beaches of Barcelona. This charming little town is situated just 40km outside of the city and is easily accessible by train. It’s well known as an historic centre with beautiful beaches, a peaceful ambiance and a thriving gay community. It is a true jewel of the coast and is ideal for families and friends to spend a fun and relaxing afternoon.

Isla Fantasia

Isla Fantasia water ride

Isla Fantasia water ride

This water park is located just a 45min drive from Barcelona city centre and makes for a great way to cool down from the sweltering heat during the warmer months of the year. With lots of wet and windy slides, picnic areas and eateries, a trip here is ideal for families, couples and groups of friends looking for a fun day out. Julia Travel will get you entrance, as well as travel to and from the park, at a very reasonable price!


Hot Air Balloon

Hot air balloons over Barcelona

Hot air balloons over Barcelona

Tear yourself away from the sights of Barcelona for one day and treat yourself to something unusual by taking a ride in a hot air balloon. Take in unrivalled views of the city from above and enjoy an experience that is truly unforgettable.

Barcelona Cruises

Taking a cruise from Barcelona is the ultimate way to see the city before setting sail on to other stunning Mediterranean destinations. Another excellent option is catching a ferry to one of the nearby Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza), which offer one of either the perfect party or peaceful getaway from the city.

So there you have it – five fantastic ideas to escape the tourist crowds in Barcelona! All that’s left is organising accommodation for your stay in the city. It’s a good idea to base yourself centrally, where the fantastic transport system will allow you to reach all of these destinations with ease. Oh-Barcelona rent apartments in Barcelona that are often a popular choice amongst visitors and will allow you to live close to these transport links, thus leaving you free to explore all of these wonderful places at your convenience.

Photo Credits: sitges, basilica, water park, balloon



2 Responses to Escape the Crowds in Barcelona (Spain)

  • Barcelona Apartments says:

    I see that you have found some good places to visit and scape from the city near Barcelona.

    If you permit me, I would include some more
    - Visit a courtyard in Penedes (wine region near Barcelona)
    - Visit Tosa de Mar and/or calella de palafrugell (costa Brava near Girona)
    - Go to Ibiza (just 20 minutes by plane)…..

    and instead Isla Fantasia, I would recommend PortAventura in Salou


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