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Those who are spending their vacation in beautiful Barcelona, Spain, will have much to choose from when it comes to exploration, entertainment, activities, events and attractions, but that doesn't mean you can't take a day to also enjoy some of the great offerings that are available just a short distance away from the city. These are just a few of the many day trips from Barcelona that you may want to consider during your stay. You may choose to strike out on your own, or you might like to enjoy a well-organized day trip through one of the area's dependable tour companies.

1. Three Countries in a Single Day

Town of Baga, Spain StreetThose who want to get the most out of their Barcelona vacation will adore this day trip that allows you to sample three countries in a single day. It's actually possible to start out in Spain and still visit France and Andorra in the same day. Andorra is a small country that is completely contained within the Pyrenees Mountains directly on the border between France and Spain. This day trip will allow you to enjoy experiences that include exploring the medieval streets of Ax Les Thermes, soaking in natural hot springs and discovering all of the wonderful treasures that can be found in the Spanish village of Baga.

2. Hiking in the Pyrenees Mountains

Hiking enthusiasts won't have to travel far from Barcelona to discover the incredible Pyrenees Mountains. Trails are abundant, and families traveling with children may choose a short and easy scenic trail. More experienced hikers will enjoy the nice selection of challenging trails. Your hike is likely to take you among some lovely hidden lakes, rare wild flowers in season and an abundance of wildlife that includes the Pyrenean chamois, marmots, the Pyrenean desman and brown bears. You should also not be surprised to find yourself sharing your trail with great herds of mountain sheep, and don't worry because they're accustomed to the presence of humans. Costa Brava Beached Boats

3. Costa Brava

This nearby region is just gorgeous, and it offers lovely villages, wonderful mountain scenery, rocky coves and some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. The villages of Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar provide two of the most popular stops, and you'll find friendly locals and much to explore. The medieval town of Girona is not to be missed, and Fans of the Game of Thrones television series will enjoy seeing the beautiful spots where the popular show was filmed in this beautiful town. You'll also want to check out the many beaches, and you'll have the opportunity to soak up the sun on the pristine beaches. You may also enjoy some scuba diving, kayaking or sailing on these incredible waters.

4. Tarragona

Gothic Tarragona StatuesIf ancient Roman history is as exciting to you as it is to many of Barcelona's visitors, then you'll definitely want to plan a day trip for Tarragona. The city began life as the Roman capital city of Spain, and visitors will discover many impressive ruins that were left behind by the Romans. These include the Roman aqueduct, the Roman circus, Roman tombs and the legendary Roman amphitheater. The city is also filled with wild nightlife options, fabulous food and fun and gorgeous beaches.

5. Port Aventura World

Port Aventura Roller CoasterThose traveling with children and teenagers will have a wonderful time at this nearby amusement and water park. Considered one of Europe's most iconic theme parks, it houses the largest roller coaster in all of Europe. Families will find over 40 fun rides and attractions for every age group, and it won't break the budget because all of the rides are free with gate admission. The water park offers several excellent slides, a tubing river, a private beach and an indoor area that is specifically designed for young children.

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Contact us here to make your reservations for one of our luxury villas, and you'll soon be ready to enjoy a wonderful vacation experience in charming Barcelona. Our friendly and professional staff members are also available to assist you in making arrangements for any of these day trips or any other adventures that you're interested in during your stay.