Embark on a Barcelona road trip and get ready to explore the vibrant regional capital and beyond. Attracting artists, architects, foodies, and filmmakers, Spain’s stunning Catalonia region is a feast for the senses.
Start in Barcelona, to see the eccentric creations of Antoni Gaudí, cheer on Barça FC, and dance into the early morning hours. The incredible Roman ruins of Tarragona beckon, along with the breathtaking mountain monastery at Montserrat.
Finally, the cinematic city of Girona is sure to impress with its medieval walls and ancient Roman baths.
The capital of Spain’s Catalonia region is a cosmopolitan city bursting at the seams with colourful art, quirky architecture, sunny beaches, and delicious food. Barcelona truly has a little bit of everything, making it a can’t-miss part on this Barcelona road trip.
Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí’s fantastical designs can be explored in a day, starting with La Sagrada Familia, his still-unfinished masterpiece basilica. Visit the unusual Casa Milà and Casa Batlló next, then head to Park Güell, a whimsical wonderland of colourful mosaic tiles with beautiful views of the city.
Football fans will enjoy a visit to Camp Nou, home of Barcelona FC, while the beautiful sands of Barceloneta Beach might also call your name. Visit the Gothic Quarter for bohemian cafés and plentiful tapas bars, but know that dinner rarely starts before 9:00 pm in Barcelona.
Later, head to the nightclubs of Eixample or El Born, where locals keep dancing well into the early morning.
from Barcelona pick-up center
La Sagrada Familia
Gaudi’s still-unfinished basilica masterpiece.
Impressive, mosaic-covered park overlooking city.
Home of Barcelona FC with stadium tours & museum.
Swim or sunbathe on a beautiful, sandy beach.
Bar El Tomas
Tapas bar with the best patatas bravas.
Cosy spot for traditional Catalan cuisine.
Arrive early or book a guided market tour.
Parking Freser Trinxant
(Overnight) motorhome parking garage close to center, space very limited.
Camping Estrella de Mar
Upscale campground 18 km (~11 miles) from city center.
Once a Roman colony, the pretty port city of Tarragona is just a short road trip from Barcelona. Explore well-preserved ancient ruins in and around the medieval centre, starting with the Tarragona Amphitheatre.
Built in the 2nd century, the Mediterranean Sea served as a bright blue backdrop for fierce gladiatorial battles. Are you not entertained?
On the outskirts of town, the Ferreres Aqueduct is well worth the short drive. Also known as Pont del Diable, this stunning marvel of ancient construction is a beautiful place for a picnic or scenic walk.
Back in town, peek into the Tarragona Cathedral to see stunning stained glass and take a leisurely stroll around the city’s oldest quarter, Part Alta, where a number of warm, cosy tapas bars and bistros beckon.
Amfiteatre de Tarragona
Seaside ruins of a Roman amphitheater.
Aqüeducte de les Ferreres
Ancient Roman aqueduct, aka Pont del Diable.
Cool and cosy Catalan restaurant.
Stylish Basque bistro with rustic vibe.
Pàrquing Pont del Diable de Tarragona
Rest stop near Pont del Diable.
Las Palmeras Camping
Beautiful beachfront spot 10 mins to town.
Montserrat is an easy day trip from Barcelona, but also an ideal place to stop overnight on a Barcelona road trip by campervan. We suggest arriving at the campground in the evening and rising early to enjoy a full day exploring the monastery and hiking trails.
Originally founded in the 11th century, Santa Maria de Montserrat remains one of the most important religious sites in Catalonia.
The abbey itself is free to visitors and accessed mainly via cable car, an incredibly scenic ride high up into the jagged Montserrat mountain range. Legend has it that this was once the home of the Holy Grail.
There are also numerous hiking trails to wander for truly epic panoramic views, including Sant Miquel’s Cross, Sant Jeroni, and the Stairway to Heaven.
Santa Maria de Montserrat
The main attraction, a Benedictine monastery.
Restaurante Abat Cisneros
Your best bet, though a bit pricey.
Aeri de Montserrat
Park at the station to ride cable car up.
Short drive to monastery from Manresa.
Girona’s star is on the rise, largely thanks to the production team for Game of Thrones. As you take a stroll through the old Jewish Quarter and past the Girona Cathedral, you’ll recognize scenes from the “free city” of Braavos as well as King’s Landing. (Hopefully, you’ll have more luck visiting the city than the show’s characters.)
The Passeig Arqueològic is a walkway leading past landscaped gardens and old watchtowers along medieval Girona’s ancient city walls.
Visit the Banys Àrabs, a 12th-century Roman-style bathhouse, then wander south along the River Onyar, where colourful houses line the riverfront on both sides.
In addition to its magnificent architecture and history, Girona is an ideal destination for foodies. Michelin-starred El Celler De Can Roca has been named one of the world’s best restaurants and is the perfect treat to wrap up an incredible weeklong Barcelona road trip. Adéu, Catalunya!
Historic district with fortress & secret archways.
Roman bathhouse from the 12th century.
Mediterranean fusion meets art gallery.
El Celler De Can Roca
Splurge at one of the world’s best.
Pàrking Vayreda la Devesa
Convenient to city center.
Camping Girona Can Toni Manescal
Just a 15-minute drive from town.