Near Barcelona there is a whole world of possibilities to enjoy culture, sports and nature. The metropolitan area (zone 1) is connected to the city by an extensive public transport network that facilitates access to both urban centres and other spaces of great value and interest.
The integrated ten-trip transport card (T-10) of one zone is one of the most used ATM tickets and has a maximum of 1 hour and 15 minutes per trip, time enough to reach any of the five points we recommend you visit below.
The monastery of Sant Cugat, recognized at European level
The monastery of Sant Cugat del Vallès was founded in the ninth century and is one of the greatest exponents of medieval art in Catalonia. The cloister is considered a jewel of the Romanesque and is one of the most important in Europe. Fifteen minutes from Barcelona, this monumental complex with more than 1,200 years of history offers guided tours and audio guides to showcase all its architectural and artistic details.
How to get there: FGC (S1, S2, S5 and S55) “Sant Cugat” station.
More information: https://www.visitsantcugat.cat/monestir-de-sant-cugat/
The Gaudí Crypt, World Heritage Site
The Gaudí Crypt, located within the Colonia Güell, is a treasure declared World Heritage by UNESCO and located just twenty minutes from Barcelona.
Colonia Güell is one of the most avant-garde industrial districts of the 19th century and was designed by Antoni Gaudí to accommodate the workers of the Güell textile company. Strolling through its unique buildings captivates as much as its crypt, one of the architect’s best kept secrets. The Gaudí Crypt served as a test bench for the Sagrada Familia and integrates perfectly into the surrounding forest.
How to get there: FGC (S3, S4, S8 and S9) “Colònia Güell” station.
More information: http://gaudicoloniaguell.org/
Llobregat Delta Park, biodiversity near the metropolis
With a dimension of 98 km2, the Llobregat Delta is a mosaic of landscapes where natural spaces stand out for their ecological value and where one of the most important wetlands in the country is preserved. The space we know now began to form 2,300 years ago and currently more than 400 animal species live there, some of them are even endangered, and more than 700 species of plants, too. There are marked itineraries with different levels of difficulty (suitable for all seasons) and other scheduled activities such as guided tours and bird watching.
How to get there: bus (49, 77, 94, 95, 99), metro (L9) “Les Moreres”, “Cèntric” and “Parc Nou” stations.
More information: http://www.deltallobregat.cat/
Art noveau in Sant Joan Despí
The city of Sant Joan Despí was chosen by Josep Maria Jujol, a collaborator of Antoni Gaudí, to establish his architecture testing laboratory. Some of his most suggestive works are the reform of Can Negre, a 17th-century farmhouse, and the Tower of the Cross, popularly known as “Tower of Eggs” because of the ornaments of the five cylinders that surround its perimeter.
How to get there: Rodalies (R1 and R4) “Sant Joan Despí” station.
More information: https://turisme.elbaixllobregat.cat
The Besòs river park, a recovered space
With an area of 115 hectares, the Besòs river park is a public space located along the last nine kilometres of the Besòs riverbed and recovered from the degradation caused by the growth of the surrounding cities during the sixties. The area of public use has a length of almost five kilometres, where you can walk on foot and by bicycle.
How to get there: Rodalies (R1 and R2) “Sant Adrià de Besòs” station, bus (35, 42, 43, 44), metro (L1, L2, L9 and L10) “Baró de Viver”, “Santa Coloma”, “Antigues Sant Adrià”, “Bon Pastor”, “Can Peixauet” and “Bon Pastor” bus stops, Trambesòs (T4 and T5) “Estació de Sant Adrià” and “Sant Joan Baptista” stations.
More information: https://parcs.diba.cat/web/fluvial/el-parc-fluvial