‘National Day Of Catalonia’ Day Off:
5 One-day Getaways Just Outside Barcelona.
On September 11th Catalans celebrate the National Day of Catalonia, also known as the Diada. This is a day for vindication and active resistance against oppression, as it commemorates the fall of Barcelona during the War of the Spanish Succession back in 1714. The defeat led to a period of oppression during which Catalan institutions and civil liberties were abolished. For this reason, the Diada is a symbol for the desire for freedom and for the unity of the Catalan people.
During this celebration, you can find the March of Torches in various cities but also Castells (human towers) and concerts playing Els Segadors (the Catalan national anthem).
If you want to enjoy a one-day escape instead, here you have a list of trips you can do close to Barcelona. Catalonia offers a wide range of different activities including beaches, mountains, medieval villages or amusement parks.
Delta de L’Ebre
Delta de L’Ebre is perfect to spend a day surrounded by nature. The national park features a huge variety of environments such as rivers, lagoons, rice fields, islands, wetlands and beaches. It is home to more than 300 different species of birds, including the famous pink flamingos. If you are willing to have a relaxing getaway while enjoying a breath-taking sunset in front of the beach, then this is the place for you. Being it flat, it is also suitable for those who want to cycle or practice horse riding.
If you are looking for some fun, either for kids and grown-ups, you should definitely stop by Port Aventura theme park. It is the largest theme park in Spain and it is divided into three different parks: –Port Aventura Park, full of adrenaline-inducing rides. –Caribe Aquatic Park, featuring swimming pools, slides and rafting. –Ferrari Land, dedicated to speed-lovers and featuring the highest and fastest rollercoasters in Europe.
Pals is a charming medieval village situated in the province of Girona, inland of the Costa Brava coast. If you want to take a break from the beach, this is the right place. You will find gorgeous Gothic architecture but also many art & craft shops, traditional restaurants, and local delicacies. Pals is located on top of a hill, so you can enjoy great views of the surrounding countryside.
Sant Pol de Mar
This part of the coast is one of the best for beach days. Straight off the train platform, you will find the main beach but if you walk a little bit more you will find some smaller and less populated spots. Sant Pol de Mar is a good alternative to the crowded beach of La Barceloneta. Apart from the beach, you can also enjoy a nice walk around the town.
The Penedès wine region is just an hour drive from Barcelona. Around 60 companies are located in the town of San Sadurni D’Anoia, which is considered as the epicenter of the area. The Penedès region can be reached by car, train or on a guided tour. Our advice would be to go for a guided tour and matching wine tasting with a local meal. You will be surprised by how well they go together!