Anyone that reads my blog or knows me well, knows how much I love Barcelona. It would always be my first choice as a cruise departure port. It is somewhere I always try to spend a few days, rather than popping in and out on a cruise. But you know what? We have never ventured out of Barcelona.
I am not sure why? I think it is mainly because once I get there I get engulfed in cafe culture and people watching. It is one of my favourite cities ever and once I get there I don’t want to leave. Which is crazy we should be exploring what Barcelona has to offer, reaching a little farther than walking distance. Stepping away from Gaudi, but how can you? I could spend hours looking at one of his creations, seeing something new with every blink of an eye.
When the people from EasyTerra asked my if I thought hiring a car on a city break would be useful? I enlisted the help of a few friends for tips and advice on adventures to be had outside Barcelona and this might just motivate me to hire a car and explore outside of Barcelona.
Cathy From Mummy Travels recommended visiting Calella
Calella is a firm favourite holiday destination of the Spanish, which speaks volumes and offers so much to entertain the whole family. Montseny Natural Park promises pretty streets to wander, breathtaking views that would not look out-of-place in the Black Forrest and river walks. And it is worth going for the food alone.
Jenny from Monkey And Mouse suggested taking a 1.5 hour drive from Barcelona to Tarragona
Here you can visit the Roman Amphitheatre and walk in the steps of gladiators. Or wander the old town, which is perfect for people watching and spotting beautifully historic architecture.
If you are happy to venture a little further towards Salou? Portaventura World is the perfect place to get that adrenalin fix. We have never visited Portaventura World but after my trip to Europa Park in Germany last year I am quickly realising you do not have to fly 9 hours for quality theme parks. Europe has so much to offer families who don’t wish to fly long haul.
Over at Travel Loving Family, Lisa shared her trip to the vineyard at AltaAlella
It is a family run vineyard, which provides organic wine to some of the best restaurants in the world. Where you can sample wines and discover just how wonderful Spanish wine is.
There are also children workshops where you can make chocolate truffles stuffed with grapes. This is a wonderful addition making the trip so interactive for the whole family. Also if you book as a group the vineyard will arrange a bespoke English-speaking workshop.
Jen from Jenography suggested hitting the beach and trying out the water sports.
Malgrat de Mar is around 30 minutes out of Barcelona and offers beautiful beaches, and a collection of beach cafes. Jen highlighted the fact that the beaches here offer a calmer more chilled beach experience. Perfect for those of us who are not inspired by packed bustling beaches.
And if you fancy a little adventure Calella has a water sports centre where you can hop on a banana boat for quick thrills, or book a sailing lesson.
This actually makes Barcelona more of a holiday destination rather than a weekend break spot. Somewhere to book an apartment hire a care and get out and explore. Because as you can see there is so much more to the gorgeous, vibrant Barcelona that Gaudi and Camp Nou. Although they are a pretty great place to start.
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