Best Erasmus Barcelona trips

Short Trips, Big Discoveries: Day and Weekend Escapes!

Ever felt like you need a change? As an Erasmus student living in Barcelona, it’s normal to sometimes want a break from the city. You’re not alone in feeling this way. Many other international students join our trips to get away from the busy city life for a while. That’s why we’ve made a list of the best day and weekend trips from Barcelona for students.

Let’s start with places that are easy to get to. Further down, you’ll find trips to more faraway spots. Keep an eye on our website for updates on all trips organised by Erasmus Barcelona. We often plan trips to the places listed below. And the best part? You get lots of benefits at a good price!

1. Montserrat

The jagged mountain in combination with the monastery, make for the perfect trip from Barcelona for students.

Are you up for a challenge? Exploring the Montserrat mountain range will definitely test your limits. Its rugged peaks and unique rock formations create a breathtaking landscape. Choose one of the hiking trails to enjoy stunning views and experience the awe-inspiring nature of this mystical mountain. To fully immerse yourself in the spirit of Montserrat, don’t miss the iconic monastery that shelters the revered Virgin of the Moreneta. This pilgrimage site draws not only devout Catholics but also curious tourists like yourself every year.

2. Girona

Several places in Girona were used as a filming location for the Game of Thrones series

Another beautiful city in Catalonia is Girona. It’s smaller than Barcelona but has stunning architecture that attracts lovers of buildings. The mix of old Gothic and Baroque buildings with lush gardens makes it really pretty. The makers of Game of Thrones even filmed there because they liked it so much. You might recognize the big cathedral there. You can walk in the same places as characters from the show, like in the Jewish quarter with its cobblestone streets. Along the river, you’ll see houses painted in lots of different colors. And don’t forget to try the food – Girona has lots of tasty options to choose from!

3. Figueres

History and art enthusiasts, listen up! This is for you. If you’re eager to explore the world of Salvador Dalí, then Figueres is the place to be. As the birthplace of the pioneering surrealist, this town is home to the magnificent Teatro Museo Dalí. Once a theater, it has been transformed into the surrealistic palace that stands today. It’s definitely a must-visit, and you can’t miss it – just look for the giant eggs adorning the building. After your museum visit, relax and enjoy a drink or snack on the terrace of a nearby bar or restaurant, soaking in the fantastic atmosphere.

4. Costa Brava

A trip from Barcelona to Costa Brava is in high demand by international students who love beach hopping

You definitely shouldn’t skip this iconic coastal area, known as Europe’s beloved beach destination. With over 100 km of coastline, it’s no wonder it’s so popular. Each coastal town has its own unique charm, but they all share stunning turquoise coves nestled between cliffs and historic seaside paths. If you’re up for some beach hopping while indulging in delicious Catalan cuisine, this is the perfect spot for you. Spend a day sunbathing at one beach, then switch to snorkeling at another. It’s the good life!

5. Andorra

Andorra is the best trip if you want to experience the tax-free shopping paradise, a few hours away from Barcelona

This time, you’ll be venturing across borders. Neither part of Spain nor France, this country is a tiny state nestled in the Pyrenees mountains. In the summer, you can explore picturesque hiking trails, while in winter, the slopes are perfect for skiing. It’s the best of both worlds! Plus, you’re guaranteed to breathe in fresh mountain air, no matter when you visit. Be sure to check out the impressive glass pyramid tower of Calder, a popular tourist spot. And when you’re in Andorra, don’t leave without indulging in some tax-free shopping – you deserve a taste of this paradise!

6. Andalucia

Andalucia, a stunning rocky region in Southern Spain, is often referred to as the “Spanish Suncoast” due to its position as Europe’s sunniest spot. It boasts numerous cultural destinations, diverse architectural styles, breathtaking monuments, and a lively nightlife. With eight provinces, its capital is Seville. Cordoba, Cadiz, Malaga, and Granada are highly recommended destinations to explore. You can reach these provinces by bus, train, or plane. While flying is the most convenient option, traveling by bus or train offers the chance to enjoy scenic views along the way.

7. Vall de Lord (aka Pre Pyrenees Secrets)

When visiting Spain, you might expect beaches and palm trees, but there’s much more to explore, especially in Catalonia! Our upcoming trip to Pre Pyrenees Secrets (aka Vall de Lord) will showcase the country’s diverse landscapes. From high mountain areas to river valleys, natural springs, and cities rich in culture, you’ll experience it all in one place. We’ll begin our journey in the charming village of Sant Llorenc de Morunys, known for its historic monuments and preserved medieval structure. Don’t miss the breathtaking 14th-century Romanesque church with its stunning golden baroque altar. After exploring the village, we’ll embark on a soul-recharging route, offering Instagram-worthy views of valleys, turquoise rivers, and majestic mountain peaks.

8. The Congost de Mont-Rebei

Are you a nature enthusiast? Join us as we explore the breathtaking trails of the Oscense Pyrenees, located on the border of the provinces of Huesca and Lerida. During this hike, amidst stunning landscapes, we’ll encounter Montfalco’s Fountain, Tartera’s Cliff, a Suspension bridge, and finally, our destination: “The Congost de Mont-Rebei”. The Congost de Mont-Rebei is a trail carved into the cliff face of a river gorge. Over time, the Noguera Ribagorçana river has sculpted the Montsec mountains into Montsec d’Ares (Lerida, Catalonia) and Montsec de l’Estall (Huesca, Aragon), creating imposing walls over 500 meters high and with narrow passages as slim as 20 meters in some areas. Remarkably, Mont-Rebei remains untouched by modern infrastructure, making it the only major gorge in Catalonia free from roads or electricity lines.

9. Carcassonne (France)

Carcassonne sits within the Aude plain, at the crossroads of ancient trade routes connecting the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and the Massif Central to the Pyrénées. Its strategic significance was evident to the Romans, who controlled its hilltop position until the Western Roman Empire fell. In the fifth century, the Visigoths took charge, establishing the city. For a short period, it fell under Islamic rule before returning to other hands.

10. Valencia

Valencia, nestled on Spain’s southeastern coast, is a dynamic city blending history, architecture, and culture. From iconic landmarks like the City of Arts and Sciences to charming streets in the Old Town, Valencia offers a diverse experience. Known for its culinary delights and vibrant festivals, it’s a destination with something for everyone.


Join us on all of these trips for the best experiences, new friends, and unbeatable prices! Stay tuned and don’t miss out on the greatest adventure of your life.


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