Take the train (RENFE, blue line) to Blanes, You may buy directly a combined ticket for Lloret.
After your arrival in Blanes, take a bus to Lloret departing from the train station (1,80 Euro a ride). After leaving Blanes, it will pass the access to Santa Cristina Beach. One stop further you have to leave the bus to go to Sa Boadella Beach. Behind the top of the hill you'll see this beauty where you can spend the rest of the evening. The return bus departs about xx.45 and xx.15 on the opposite side of the road, walking some meters upwards to the left.
Tossa de Mar, about 25 minutes drive from Barcelona, is a beautiful and quiet city (by contrast to its partying neghbour to the West, Lloret de Mar!) with a breathtaking Vila Vella (Old City), an incredible assortment of restaurants and a beautiful beach. Far less tourist-filled than Lloret and a wonderful place to spend a romantic evening with the one you love.
If you have some time to check out what is outside of Barcelona there are many places to choose from. I arrived and departed from Girona and decided that it should also go on my itinerary. I truly believe it is a MUST! The city itself is amazing and every where you turn is a piece of history just ready to be explored. It is easy to get to by either bus or train from Barcelona stations. It is about an hour to hour and a half from Barcelona to the north.
the only colour pic at my Barcelona page will take yu to the wonderfull Salou summer resort of catalunya, and to it's main atraction, wich is the tematic parc port aventura.
at my salou pg yu can see pics and tips.
If you want to see the beautiful Costa Brava, make a daytrip to Tossa de Mar.
This little village is sooo beautiful and has a nice beach to spent the rest of the day. The busses ( 8 € for one ride) start at Estacio del Nord at 8:30 (??) and 10:30 (!) and go back to Barcelona at for example 3:40,4:40 pm...
Moreover the bus-ride is great as well as you see the coastline all the way to Tossa.
If you only have a limited time, and can't decide between Vic and Girona, you can easily do them both in a day. Take the Renfe (Suburban) line to Vic, then a bus (about every two hours) to Girona, and return by Renfe (Intercity) to Barcelona. The trip by bus is through rugged mountans and traditional farms, and is a highlight of the day.
btw, both Vic and Girona are major towns (cities) so if you expect traditional towns (as I did), you'll be a bit disappointed. But having said that, the old towns have very interesting buildings and are worth visiting.
45-60 minutes by train north of Barcelona is the historical and lovely little town of Girona - surrounded by walls as old as the Roman times! With a jewish quarter, winding and cobbled streets and old churches and a cathedral - all with a canal with picturesque hanging houses on each side this is a day trip with enough to see to satisfy any history buff with a love for the medieval.
Also a good centre for other nearby destinations such as Besalu, Figures, Blanes - serviced by an airport for Ryanair and Easyjet.
After 3 days in the noisy Barcelona, we decided with 2 friends of mine to see something else and joined a Rabbies tour to Vic and the Pyrenees. This was a great idea, far away from the tourist traps and barcelona crowds we really enjoyed the little town of Vic (even the smell which is quite strong). A very big contrast! The pyrenees were just impressive. We walked down to the valley of Nuria (took us 2 hours) . A fantastic day outside the big city!!
Catalunya is home to a well-established sparkling wine industry. A 40 minute drive south of Barcelona will take you to the region's best vineyards, most of them being concentrated around Piedras and San Sadurni d'Anoia.
On one random day we chose the Codorniu cellars. Codorniu has been making sparkling wines since 1551 and is the world's largest producer of sparkling wines. When you arrive at this place, you'll see rows of grapevines surrounding the Codorniu estate. The estate itself is comprised of a few buildings, but the most interesting parts are underground, where the wines a stored away. This place has mile upon mile of subterranean wine cellars. It is so big, that they have a tram system to shuttle you around.
And yes, your tour will end with some wine tasting.
PS: Reservations can be made directly online at www.codorniu.com/bodega_visite.html
If you like trekking this is a good proposal at 1,30 hours from Barcelona. Sau was a quiet little village surrounded by a wonderful landscape . The catalan authorities decided to build a reservoir in that zone so the people who lived there had to leave. Nowadays when the water level is low (like the day we took the pics) you still can see the tower of the Sau's romanic church. You can go down (650m) from a delicious village called Tavertet (its visit is a must!). The views of the reservoir from Tavertet are just wonderful and if the day is clear you can see the mountains of Montseny and Pedraforca too.
Low difficulty; total time 3,5 hours walk
Lovely train ride north along the coast - 3/4 of the trip has sand and water views - takes about an hour from Barcelona to Blanes.
Lovely white beach at Blanes. Numerous eateries along the road that runs along the beach - fish restaurants, pizzerias etc. The highlight for me was the Botanic gardens up on the hill the far end of Blanes beach. Fairly frequent buses leave from Blanes train station which is a bit of a hike outside Blanes, then another bus from where it drops you off in the centre - you will see the beach and know that you are in the centre - a yellow open sided bus with Botanic garden markings all over it leave about half hourly - about 3 euro return - though the walk back down would be nice.
The city of Lleida is The capital of the lands called "Terra ferma". This is "Steady Land" in catalan. Or also "Terra de ponent", because is the part of Catalonia placed most in the east.
Usually was a peasant land, famous for its fruits. And still it is, but now, the town council have also taken care to old atractives, and have built news.
The city is two hours far from Barcelona, by highway or train, so you can do a day trip. Come to see see the catalonia that is not in the coast. Its history starts with the iberians and continue with romans, people from Cartago, arabian, juish, christians. Now live hier catalans, and a lot of people who came of Africa for economical reasons.
La ciutat de Lleida és la capital de l'anomenada terra ferma, o també de "les terres de ponent", ja que és la part més occidental de Catalunya.
Tradicionalment ha estat una terra de pagesos, gaudint de fama per la bona qualitat de la seva fruita. Avui, però, gràcies a la cura que s'ha tingut dels seus monuments més clàssics i a les noves reformes de la ciutat, ha esdevingut un lloc on poder gaudir d'una visita. Històricament hi han passat per aquí íbers, romans, cartaginesos, àrabs, jueus, cristians...ara hi viuen catalans i una bona colla d'africans que han vingut a guanyar-se les garrofes.