The Perfect Catalonia Road Trip

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From the sights of Barcelona to adventures on the coast, and exploring pretty mountain towns, this Catalonia road trip offers a great mix.
There’s nothing more liberating than hiring a car and heading off on a road trip. It’s one of my favourite styles of holiday. You really can spend a morning at the beach, then visit a museum in the afternoon followed by a beautiful restaurant in the middle of nowhere for dinner! Plus, you can travel at your own pace and explore spots away from the main tourist routes.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been reminiscing about an amazing road trip I went on through Catalonia in Spain. It was my first time in the region that didn’t revolve purely around Barcelona.

I absolutely loved how varied the route was. One minute I was cruising down a busy seaside promenade, and an hour later I was exploring a remote mountain village. The trip incorporated a great mix of activities, cities, villages and landscapes, all within easy reach of one another. In this post I’m going to highlight a few of my favourite spots along the route, so that you can follow in my footsteps.

My Proposals

Explore the walled city of Montblanc:

Take off along winding roads to get to the medieval city of Montblanc. Curl around mountains and overlook the small town, shrouded in morning mist with the turrets of its encircling walls poking through. With 30 towers sprinkled along the walls, this town was booming in the 13th century. To protect from invasions, these beautiful walls were maintained and kept throughout the years with watchers looking out for enemies around the clock.


Visit the monasteries

Since this is the Cistercian Route, it would be a travesty if you didn’t pop into some of the impressive monasteries that pepper the landscape. There are a few to choose from, such as, Santos Creus Monastery (1168) which is one of the largest, best preserved structures with beautiful stone work… but for those who appreciate beautiful architecture, head to the World Heritage Site, Poblet Monastery, to be WOWed by grandeur.


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Author of this story

I absolutely love travelling the world and sharing stories and memories from my trips, as well as helpful travel advice so that you can follow in my footsteps. Not sure where you fancy going? Start here or see where I am in the world over on Instagram.

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