Catalonia is one of those destinations where there are so many things to do  and so much to see. There is quite literally something for everyone. Here are some day trip ideas — for your inspiration.

1. Market Day, Pottery and Beach Time

Visit the Sunday morning Market at Palafrugell. Enjoy the atmosphere with a glass of wine and fish lunch. Continue to Bisbal d’Emporda to shop for pottery. Relax on the exclusive and sandy beach at nearby St Marti d’Empuries.

2. Visit the Dali Triangle

The Dali Triangle is Figueres, Portlligat-Cadaques, and Pubol.  Start in the fishing village of Cadaques and see the beautiful Church of Santa Maria, then continue to Portlligat to visit the Dali Museum-House. This must be arranged beforehand. In Figueres, don’t miss Teatre-Museu Dali, Spain’s second most visited museum.  If you have children, visit the Museu del Joguet with its collection of antique toys. Head south to Pubol to see the castle Dali bought and restored for his wife.

3. A Day in Medieval Girona

Visit Girona …wind through the narrow medieval streets. The Cathedral has a rare 11th century tapestry of the Creation. Explore the Cloisters, spend time in the museum, visit the Arab baths and explore the Jewish Quarter and Museum.

4. Enjoy a Bicycle Ride

Rent bikes in Banyoles, site of 1992 Olympic crew championships. Stop for lunch at Gil’s 972 57 28 52. You must book ahead of time.

5. Visit St Pere de Rodes

St Pere de Rodes Monastery, which has spectacular views of the sea. The monastery was founded in the 8th century by Benedictine monks. Enjoy examples of Romanesque art and have lunch at La GuaGua in Platja de Canyelles (just past Roses).

6. Vines and Wines

Visit the vineyards of Miguel Torres, Codorniu, Freixenet or Jean Leon. Sample the local cuisine in a tapas bar.

7. A Day in France

Drive to France for lunch. Hunt for treasures in the market at Ceret. Spend afternoon in Collioure, where Matisse and other artists painted.

8. Cap Roig

Visit the Botanical Gardens at Cap Roig. Walk amongst all kinds of exotic Mediterranean flora where you will get to enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the coastline that stretches from Calella to the cliffs of Cap Roig. Have dinner and watch the famous Sardana dance down at the beachfront on Sunday evenings.

9. Enjoy a Balloon Ride in the City of Volcanoes

Travel in the direction of Olot, and take an early morning balloon ride. Afterwards, visit Olot, which is known as the “City of Volcanoes”. Visit the Valley of St Aniol d’Aguja, which has spectacular gorges and waterfalls. Have lunch at Mas Les Cols, and then spend the afternoon in Garrotxa Volcanic Nature Reserve.

10. Relax at the Beach

Explore the ruins of Pla de Palol, south of Palamos. Relax on the beach in La Fosca, a fine sand beach. Walk along the coast starting in S’Agaro., and on the way home, stop for tapas in Corsa.

11. Go on a Boat Trip

Take a boat trip with Paco Boats in Tamariu. Visit the cave “Cova d’en Gispert”, and enjoy tapas on the beach.

12. See the Ruins of Empuries

Empuries has spectacular Greek and Roman ruins. Try the fresh anchovies at L’Escala, a local specialty. Climb up to the Castle of Mongri at Torroella de Mongri, which has breathtaking views. Stop for tapas in old quarter of Begur- evening visit to the castle. You may also consider going to France to Ceret and Cllioure, the towns where Matisse and other artists painted.

13. Tour Historic Besalu

Take a tour of Besalu, filled with Jewish history. The fortified bridge dates to the 11th century. Serinya has pre-historic caves which are in amazing condition.

Before You Leave

Revisit the places you loved the most or to see something you missed. Reflect on all you've done and save the rest for next time. ¡Hasta pronto!