Barcelona Sites to Visit

Some of the most interesting attractions in Barcelona are just outside of Barcelona! Pictured here is an entrance gate to Montserrat Monastery.
Some of the most interesting attractions in Barcelona are just outside of Barcelona! Pictured here is an entrance gate to Montserrat Monastery.


Barcelona is well known for its rich art heritage, but there are other things to do in Barcelona than tour the museums of Spain's famed city. Take a step outside the galleries and drink in the beauty of Barcelona sites outside the city. These accompanying pictures of Barcelona sites will help give you an idea of what to expect on your visit.

Camping With Style

One fun thing to do in Barcelona is to escape the city itself and head for the shore. Situated on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Camping Barcelona offers cozy wooden bungalow cabins and campsites for RVs and tents under shady trees. Campers may choose to simply sit back and enjoy the seaside view, but there are lots of attractions in Barcelona Camping for guests to take advantage of if they wish.

Camping Gear

Swiss Gear St. Alban Family Dome Tent (Sage/Light Grey/Orange)
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ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Series Self-Inflating Air Pad (Steel Blue, Regular)
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These Barcelona pictures spotlight Barcelona sites for camping, including tent sites, RV sites and cozy bungalows for a relaxing vacation stay.
These Barcelona pictures spotlight Barcelona sites for camping, including tent sites, RV sites and cozy bungalows for a relaxing vacation stay.

Splash around in the seaside swimming pool. The adjacent snack bar includes an internet café with computer terminals. You can also access the web via your mobile device using the snack area’s wifi service to check out local Barcelona sites or any website around the world.

Snag a snack or hop online at the outdoor internet caf. Computer terminals are available for vacationers without laptops or mobile devices.
Snag a snack or hop online at the outdoor internet caf. Computer terminals are available for vacationers without laptops or mobile devices.

Stay Connected While Traveling

Apple iPad 2 2nd generation Tablet, 1 GHz processor, 16GB, Wifi (White)
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Sun-Plugged Max Solar Backpack (Black/Olive)
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Join in a rousing game of beach volleyball, and later, relax in one of the beach bars. Rent bikes or golf carts to explore the grounds, or rent a kayak to paddle out past the Mediterranean waters lapping the beach. Divers can explore the underwater Alguer del Berruguell algae reserve with Camping Barcelona’s Diving Club. A variety of activities are geared for kids, including a playground and bouncy houses.

Share a tandem bike ride along the strand with a friend and enjoy the climate and weather of the Barcelona coast.
Share a tandem bike ride along the strand with a friend and enjoy the climate and weather of the Barcelona coast.
Wash all your cares away in the Paradise Spa.
Wash all your cares away in the Paradise Spa. | Source

Two heated pools with hydro massage seating, plus Jacuzzis, saunas, steam baths, therapeutic jets of varying pressure settings, bithermic showers and more are available at the Paradise Spa. Melt away with a soothing massage while your children are watched over by caring staff. The sports area offers yoga, tai-chi, aerobic and step fitness classes, and a large selection of exercise equipment is available, including 70 cycles with music and lights, housed in the tri-level spinning amphitheater. After your workout, drop by the salon for pampering and a fresh, new look.

Dine indoors, or go al fresco at the resort’s restaurant and enjoy the beautiful climate and weather outdoors. Or, drop a blanket and enjoy a casual picnic on the sands. Fresh produce and everything necessary for your camping needs can be found in the camp’s market. There’s even a laundry facility at this Camping Barcelona site.

Looking for clubs in Barcelona that are casual, romantic, exciting and located right on a sandy beach? The Beach Club La Raspa is open all day with seaside dining, serving tapas, sandwiches, salads and main dishes. Enjoy tall, cool drinks in relaxing beach cabanas, or move your body to the beat with the live musical entertainment at night.

Few clubs in Barcelona come with a sandy beach floor!  Beach Club La Raspa combines a romantic setting with the all the action typically found in clubs in Barcelona city.
Few clubs in Barcelona come with a sandy beach floor! Beach Club La Raspa combines a romantic setting with the all the action typically found in clubs in Barcelona city.

The Camping Barcelona site is about half an hour from town, via the Autopista del Maresme highway. You can begin your vacation right away by using the resort’s free shuttle service for guests (slight fee in July and August) that whisks you from the city to the campsite.

This map of Barcelona shows the relative position of Camping Barcelona to the city's thriving hub:

Maps of Barcelona: Camping Barcelona Site

A markerCosta de Barcelona, Maresme, Carretera Madrid-Francia, Mataró, Barcelona, ESPAÑA -
Carretera Madrid-Francia, 08301 Mataró, Spain
[get directions]

This Barcelona site for campers is located on the coast of the Balearic Sea, just off Route N-11 and immediately west of the Riera d'Argenton inlet.

Camping Barcelona photos courtesy of Camping Barcelona.

Soothe Your Spirit in Montserrat

Set aside a day to escape the bustle of the city. Step aboard a train headed northwest, and in about an hour, you'll be deposited in a land that seems to be from another time. And indeed, it is.

Majestic mountains uplift Montserrat Monastery, one of the Barcelona sites located just outside the city that's especially worth a visit.
Majestic mountains uplift Montserrat Monastery, one of the Barcelona sites located just outside the city that's especially worth a visit.

Tucked high up among craggy mountaintops, a peaceful monastery watches over all of Catalonia. This is Montserrat, a retreat of unique significance in a unique locale. Montserrat is no tourist trap that's been recently propped up; this spot has, after all, been a mecca for peace-seeking travelers since the 5th century. Founded as a monastery in 1025 by Benedictine monks, it is still in operation today. Fewer than one hundred monks call this their home, but legions of visitors travel from points all over the globe to experience the wonders of this holy place.

Books for Barcelona

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Barcelona & Catalonia
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Barcelona & Catalonia

Top-rated DK travel guide covers Montserrat and other Barcelona sites. A great reference to take along!

 
Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!)
Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!)

Informative and funny, this book gives tips on how to keep a travel journal so you can cherish your travel memories for a lifetime.

 
Tiny parking lot. Colossal view.
Tiny parking lot. Colossal view.

Serrated peaks of limestone form the fortress of this monastery. You could drive there, but monastery parking is at a premium. Instead, consider beginning your adventure with a breathtaking approach via a cable car ride up sheer cliffs, raising you heavenward to dazzling heights, as if the angels themselves were lifting you to another plane.

The view from here is so grand, you could potentially take in all of the Barcelona sites to see at a single glance!

The dramatic approach to Montserrat Monastery puts life into perspective!
The dramatic approach to Montserrat Monastery puts life into perspective!

Upon your arrival, listen for the monastery's bells to toll. Their deep tones reverberate across the mountaintops, as if the mountains themselves were singing to you.

The Path of Candles within Montserrat Monastery is itself a revered attraction in the retreat.
The Path of Candles within Montserrat Monastery is itself a revered attraction in the retreat.

Rivaling the clarity of the bells is the pure, clear sound of the famous Montserrat boys' choir, La Escolania de Montserrat. Daily, the Basilica is filled with their clear harmonies of religious choral music and Gregorian chants. Step into the ancient chamber and let the sound of their musical offerings wash over you, transporting you spiritually to a place of peace and wonder.

Their music reflects the very origins of this monastery, which began when shepherd children heard angels singing just as a bright light appeared in the skies above Montserrat. Filled with joy and wonder, the children ran and told their parents of the mystical event. The parents visited the mountain and experienced the very same phenomenon, as did a local vicar. An appearance of the Virgin Mary inside one of the mountain's caves sealed the deal and Montserrat became a noted holy place, revered by religious pilgrims. Today, a Holy Grotto stands at the site where these visions were first seen over 1200 years ago. And inside the monastery stands La Moreneta (the Black Virgin, Catalonia's patron saint), as depicted in a wooden statue of Mary with the baby Jesus, a work that dates back to the 12th Century.

La Moreneta (the Black Virgin), Catalonia's patron saint. Used under Creative Commons License by-sa/3.0/
La Moreneta (the Black Virgin), Catalonia's patron saint. Used under Creative Commons License by-sa/3.0/ | Source
The Grotto where, once upon a time, children witnessed a heavenly experience and heard the voices of angels.
The Grotto where, once upon a time, children witnessed a heavenly experience and heard the voices of angels.
Another section of the grotto where villagers hundreds of years ago heard and saw miracles. These events formed the basis of Montserrat's designation as a Holy Place.
Another section of the grotto where villagers hundreds of years ago heard and saw miracles. These events formed the basis of Montserrat's designation as a Holy Place.

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Find your own place of peace on these mountaintops by venturing along its many paths and trail ways. A hike along these trails rewards visitors with majestic, panoramic views of the lovely Liobregat Valley below.

Explore the winding and meandering paths along the Montserrat mountaintops.
Explore the winding and meandering paths along the Montserrat mountaintops.

At the close of the day, you can make the trip back down the mountain and return to civilization. But if the call of the mountains is too much to resist, then, instead of staying in a hotel in Barcelona city, secure a room at the Hotel Abat Cisneros, located right on the square of Montserrat, right next to the cathedral. Originally constructed in 1563 as an inn to provide weary pilgrims lodging for the night, Abat Cisneros was converted into a hostel in the late 1950s and has since been renovated into a modern hotel with the usual amenities and conveniences valued by today's travelers.

Hotel Abat Cisneros (at right, with red awning). As close as you can get to staying at the monastery without becoming a monk.
Hotel Abat Cisneros (at right, with red awning). As close as you can get to staying at the monastery without becoming a monk.

Due to its popularity, this holy Barcelona site is buzzing on weekends. A more peaceful experience can be gained by touring the monastery grounds mid-week.

This map of Barcelona indicates the location of Montserrat Monastery:

Maps of Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery

A markerMonestir de Pedralbes Calle Monestir, 9, 08034 Barcelona, Spain -
Monastery of Pedralbes, Calle Monestir, 9, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
[get directions]

Rising up from the landscape and reaching skyward, Montserrat Monastery awaits pilgrims who flock to this Barcelona site, as it has for centuries.

Montserrat photos courtesy of Rich under a Creative Commons License, unless otherwise noted.

Memorable Barcelona Sites Not to be Missed

Whether you want to visit museums in the day and immerse yourself in vibrant city life at night, or get away from the buzzing city crowd for a relaxing break to pause and reflect, the variety of Barcelona sites available offers visitors many different options to create memories that will last a lifetime.

© M.S. Ross


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Comments 39 comments

marellen 5 years ago

You did an excellent job on this hub. I'm bagging my bags now. How beautiful this is. I knew about the running with the bulls but that was all. Thank you for enlighting me on Barcelona.


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Miss Mellie 5 years ago Author

It's fun to discover new things about places that are already famous for other reasons. Aren't those mountains spectacular?!? Thanks for your kind comments and ratings!


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The Dirt Farmer 5 years ago from United States

The grotto, the bungalow at Camping Barcelona, the cable car, the mountains--enchanting. Great hub! (Vote up.)


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Maren Morgan M-T 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

Voted up and interesting. I felt soothed just looking at the photo of the spa. Thanks, Miss Mellie!


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Miss Mellie 5 years ago Author

Dirt Farmer: The boys' choir is what I would most like to experience in person. Think how beautifully their perfect, flutey voices would resound inside that ancient monastery!

Maren Morgan: You had me at "spa."

Thank you both for your comments.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

This is incredible. THIS IS INCREDIBLE! I'm so glad you wrote this Hub!

I had never much considered traveling to Spain, mostly because everyone just talks about cities and clubbing and eating, which I don't really enjoy all that much, but your talk of camping and monasteries and other beautiful sights has changed my perspective entirely. Now I really want to go!

Thanks for allowing me to see Barcelona in a new light!


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Miss Mellie 5 years ago Author

"Off the beaten path" is always my favorite destination when visiting any new place for the first time. "Local favorite" is my second fave! Thanks for stopping by, Simone; glad you found the piece enjoyable.


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szts77 5 years ago from Spain

That's brilliant! My friend went there last winter, and I remember things she said she's seen, and you've mentioned a few of them. Congrats and good luck!


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Andrew Gubb 5 years ago from Barcelona, Spain

Montserrat is such a beautiful place. I'll vouch for it!


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kikifish 5 years ago from Honolulu

wow, it's a fantastic hub and I want to go to these place too, thank you for sharing this with us. Amazing place!


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

Amazing! Voted Up! Thanks for sharing this and congratulation for the hub of the day.


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prasadjain 5 years ago from Tumkur

A useful hub with attractive photographs.But,except the monastery,i didn't find any other as most important.Perhaps,that may be due to difference in views


rainbow constr. 5 years ago

Thank you for your fantastic article Miss Melie, I felt like a really were there. I spent 16 years in the south of France, I love those peaceful southern places, like Montserrat. Great! I will have a look at your other hubs.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

So much beauty. I wish I could just learn the language and go, never returning.


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applecsmith 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Congratulations on being the hub of the day! This is a fabulous post, with beautiful pictures. It makes me want to visit soon. Thanks for sharing.


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Cynical Optimist 5 years ago from Lawrence, KS

Barcelona is not the capital of Spain, Madrid is.


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Susana S 5 years ago

Great hub - I love Spain!....but Barcelona is not Spain's capital. Madrid is.


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Congratulations on being selected for the Hub of the Day!

When I think of Barcelona, I don't think of camping! What an original and useful Hub! The pictures were great too! I enjoyed this very much and will vote accordingly and share! Great Job!

JSMatthew~


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ComfortB 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

Congrats Miss Millie on being selected the Hub of the Day! Great sites to see.


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

Congratulations on being selected hub of the day. I'd love to see Barcelona some day.


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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

What a great hub. Congratulations on being awarded the hub of the day. I really enjoyed this hub because Barcelona is on my list of travel destinations. What was even better for me is that I love to camp... you've made me think I might be able to combine both Barcelona and camping! well done.


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Miss Mellie 5 years ago Author

Oh my -- hub of the day? Who knew! Thanks for all the kind comments. I've cleverly peeled the egg off my face and removed the reference to Barcelona being Spain's capital. Glad you're all enjoying the article so much. Whattayasay we all plan a beach party together on those beautiful Barcelona sands?


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Simply a fabulous hub. Congrats on a well-deserved Hub of the Day!

Beautiful locations you highlight here. That ride out to Montserrat Monastery would be worth the whole trip, but that is not to negate these other opportunities. Maybe one day... :) When do you say that event on the beach will be?


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Alex Simring 5 years ago from Australia

A beach party in Barcelona - what a great idea!Count me in.


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sj_workman79 5 years ago from New Hampshire

Great hub. I've been to Barcelona and Madrid and want to go back some day. I would never thought of camping but it sounds like such a great and fun idea. Although, I hope not to see a huge and dead rat on the beach like I did when I was there.


writeronline 5 years ago

Hub of The Day! Good golly, Miss Mellie, how good is that!? I enjoyed reading about 'Barthelona' too, (close as I'll get to going there...)Cheers.


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Johnathan L Groom 5 years ago from Bristol, CT

I am sooo jealous!!! Beautiful pics and scenery...

-johnathan-


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Miss Mellie 5 years ago Author

sj: Boy, I'd hope not, too. Bet they'd charge extra for that...

RTalloni, Alex, writeronline and Johnathan: Pretty nifty, huh? I appreciate your thoughtful comments. Thanks!


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

The pictures are really Great..Thanks


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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan

Gorgeous! Would love to visit there someday! Thanks for sharing, this is the only way I get to enjoy the sites for now.


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg

I will definitely have to visit Barcelona one day. Thanks for the advise on camping and great pics. Absolutely beautiful country side.


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Jennie Demario 5 years ago from Floating in the clouds

Beautiful images. It looks like there is so much history and culture to experience in Barcelona. I am packing my bags as I type this comment lol. VIVA SPAIN!

P.S. Congrats on the hub of the day. Keep up the excellent writing.


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breathing 5 years ago from Bangladesh

I knew about the football team Barcelona but not much about the city. Now I am learned about that by your hub, thank you.


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N.Potter 5 years ago

Wonderful post! It takes me back to my trip to Barcelona. My friends and I also got to see the splendor of the Montserrat Monastery. One traveler tip I wanted to mention about going to the Monastery is the cable cars that take you up the mountains have a wacky schedule and it's important to check opening/closing times before heading up to the holy place!

Safe travels!


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almasi 5 years ago

A truly awesome hub. Love your pictures and explanations. Thanks.


jerry 5 years ago

hello, i am from china. it is wonderful place of barcelona.


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PADDYBOY60 5 years ago from Centreville Michigan

I was there years ago. It is a very beautiful city. Very nice hub.


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Kalmiya 4 years ago from North America

Thanks for your amazing hub! I loved Barcelona and it's nice to read your suggestions for other activities like camping. Montserrat is incredible and that cable car photo leaves me speechless.


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Baldwin Lupters 3 years ago from Amsterdam

The campsite is an economical option to the typical hotels in Barcelona, ​​and also hostels.

In Barcelona there are many hostels, and a few days ago I just found out that there are more legal illegal hostels. And this means that the Catalan authorities give us no security to travelers to visit barcelona.

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