Gaze out at the Spanish countryside at Montserrat
The Montserrat mountain range looms beyond Barcelona, beckoning you to duck out of the city and take in the breathtaking Spanish countryside. You can, of course, make the 1.5 hour trip at any time of year. However, if this is on your bucket list -- and it really, really should be -- pleasant temperatures, fewer tourists, and the changing fall colors makes autumn the perfect time to make your ascent. Once you get to the town of Montserrat, you’ll jump on a cable car that will take you up the mountain to the famous abbey Santa Maria de Montserrat (prepare to gasp at the stunning views). For the fitness-inclined, there are some challenging and beautiful hikes that offer different, though no less incredible vistas.
Cost: Price of transport; the abbey is free