21. Molins de Rei, Spain
Why Molins de Rei?
If you’re like me and just had a little too much of Barcelona, then Molins de Rei is a great way to unwind. It’s a tiny working class town that will give you a great taste of the Spanish culture. I actually found this place as it has a Holiday Inn there and the price was cheaper than staying in Barcelona :-).
Molins de Rei is located just outside of Barcelona; just under 12 miles away. South of other unfamiliar destinations such as Girona and Lloret de Mar.
How To Get Here
Take the local train from Barcelona to Molins de Rei stop.
Barcelona (BCN) is the closest airport; then you can take the train or bus over to Molins de Rei.
The following airlines has service to Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN):
Aegean Airlines (A3), Aer Lingus (EI), Aerolineas Argentinas (AR), Aeroflot (SU), Air Algerie (AH), Air Arabia Maroc (3O) , Air Canada (AC), Air China (CA), Air Europa (UX), Alitalia (AZ), Air Transat (TS), American Airlines (AA), Arkia-Israeli Airlines (IZ), Atlantic Airways (RC), Austrian Airlines (OS), Avianca (AV), Azerbaijan Airlines (J2), Belavia Belarusian Airlines (B2), British Airways (BA), Blue Air (0B), brussels airlines (SN), Bulgaria Air (FB), Cathay Pacific Airways (CX), Croatia Airlines (OU), Czech Airlines (OK), Delta Air Lines (DL), EasyJet Airlines (U2), Egyptair (MS), El Al Airlines (LY), Emirates (EK), Eurowings (EW), Finnair (AY), Germanwings (4U), Iberia Airlines (IB), Icelandair (FI), Jetairfly (TB), Jet2.com (LS), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Korean Airlines (KE), LATAM (LA), LOT Polish (LO), Lufthansa German Airlines (LH), Monarch Airlines (ZB), NIKI (HG), Norwegian Air (D8), Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY), Pakistan International Airlines (PK), Pegasus Airlines (PC), Qatar Airways (QR), Royal Air Morac (AT), Royal Jordanian (RJ), Ryanair (FR), SATA International (S4), Swiss Airlines (LX), SAS (SK), S7 Airlines (S7), Smart Wings (QS), Singapore Airlines (SQ), TAM (JJ), Tarom (RO), Transavia (HV), Tunisair (TU), Turkish Airlines (TK), Ukraine International (PS), United Airlines (UA), Ural Airlines (U6), Vueling (VY), Wind Rose Aviation (7W), Wizz Air (W6).
If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.
Where To Stay
I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express here and the only issue I had was the Wifi was slow, other than that its in a great location near a location and within easy walking distance of the center of the city and train station. There’s also an Ibis plus a local hotel called Hotel Calasanz. Check below for more on places to stay.
==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.
==>> Try Airbnb.
Where To Eat
There are many small places to eat to get a local flavor of the area. In addition, there are a few bars as well as grocery and fruit stores. Also head to the Mercat where you can get fruits and other foods.
==>> You can find a list of restaurants from TripAdvisor here.
What To Do
The reason for heading to Molins de Rei is to relax and enjoy the local scene. So there’s not much to do but just that. You have to head to Barcelona is you want something different. Walk around the city and enjoy the architecture. There’s also a market called Mercat in Catalan that is worth checking out.
==>> Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.