Barcelona, the colorful city full of life.
Is Barcelona on your travel list for this year? It should be 🙂 This lively city has some crazy architecture and delicious food, so it’s definitely worth a visit.
Barcelona is calling for your attention!
Barcelona, the jewel and pride of every Catalan, is a must visit destination offering loads of fun, art, architecture, beaches and culture. The city has an excellent connection with the rest of Europe via its airport, where you’ll find connections for every pocket – from low cost flights to top quality airlines. If you’re thinking of a car hire in Barcelona – our advice is to hire one at Barcelona Airport, as it is so much easier and faster to pick it up and drop it off without wondering through the narrow streets of Barcelona.
Barcelona definitely attracts masses, and the reason is simple: It offers something for everyone. Besides from getting your share of sea and sun in Barcelona, you can immerse yourself in a number of activities, from visiting the Barcelona Aquarium, strolling the hectic streets, feeling the football spirit on the FC Barcelona Stadium to visiting museums and gallerias. Here, tourism is present throughout the whole year, with a peak season in July and August, so prepare thyself for loads of tourists!
In short, Barcelona is colourful, bustling with life and will keep you occupied as a busy bee. But let’s not forget the pleasure of sitting in one of Barcelona’s many bars – the joy of life is after all in little things.
Start your trip with a car hire in Barcelona
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, an autonomous community of the Kingdom of Spain and with more than 1.6 million inhabitants it is the second largest city in Spain. Located at the Mediterranean Sea its location is of a great strategic and merchants importance.
Once in Barcelona, you cannot avoid the touristy areas. You can park your hired car in Barcelona on one of the many narrow streets, but be aware you’ll spend some time in search for a free parking space. It is part of the experience! Start your day with a walk along the Rambla street, full of artists, musicians, and the laid-back Spanish just sitting on a chair and observing the passers-by. If you find yourself suddenly surrounded by well-dressed and elegant people, chances are you are near Passeig de Gràcia, the most fashionable street in the city. Absorb the street’s culture while there though, and don’t miss the Gaudi’s dreamy architecture of the Casa Batlló, La Pedrera and other Art Nouveau buildings.
City markets are always a great place to visit, regardless of where you are, and Market of la Boquería is definitely a place that will awaken all your senses. With a first-hand view of all the colorful ingredients of the Mediterranean cuisine you’ll suddenly realize of how the time flies, so stop for a caña and some tapas. Yum!
A true sensation is the Barcelona’s nightlife – the streets are full of life, so mingle with the locals in one of the barrios. Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter, El Born, Gracia, L’Eixample…chose your best neighborhood for night adventurers. Generally speaking, Las Ramblas is a great option for the early stages of the night, the Gothic Quarter is packed with stylish night clubs, while El Born is a laid-back district with night cafes and bars, with the Passeig del Born being the heart of the district.
If you’re looking for some jazz and Flamenco music, we highly recommend the Jazz Sí Club, located in the Raval district. There’s always a Friday night Flamenco show, but arrive early, as it fills up very quickly! The seats are improvised and you can take the stairs, from where you’ll have an even better view on the artists. A great thing in Barcelona for all night merrymakers is that Spanish love to eat outside into the late-night hours, so you’ll always be able to grab a snack along with your drink.
When in Barcelona you cannot ignore the Sagrada Familia, a church under construction since the 1882. Skip-the-line tickets are sold almost on every corner of the city, funnily though, the waiting line to enter the Sagrada Familia is still terribly long. From the outside, the church is impressive and just by having a walk around this Gaudí’s masterpiece, you’ll get the originality of the modernista movement! Have you ever seen a church decorated with oranges and water melons? Only in Barcelona!
It is for a reason that Antoni Gaudí is called the face of Catalan modernism and Park Güell is another product of imagination of this famous architect. A great place to escape the radiating sun and relax in the shades of the Sala Hipóstila. If you’re in luck and there’s a musician playing in one of the halls, the atmosphere will be just perfect with its echo sound. We definitely had a great time!
Once tired of all the art and architecture of the city, go to the Barcelona Aquarium. It is one of the richest marine centers regarding the Mediterranean fish species with a fascinating 80 meters long underwater tunnel. It is a great sensation to walk below all those fishes and sharks!
A step away from the Aquarium is Barcelona’s most famous Barceloneta Beach. A known place with a line-up of bars and clubs that serve food and drinks late into the wee hours of the morning. Barceloneta Beach is also popular during daytime and if you’d like to spend your time at a less crowdy area, drive to one of many other beaches near Barcelona.
Barcelona and its surroundings with a car hire
Barcelona is a perfect base camp for visiting its surroundings. With a car hire in Barcelona, we were able to visit the picture-perfect little towns, that are all just a short drive away. It would be a real pity not to visit at least one of the small towns. Also, if you’d like to spend your time at a less crowded area, drive to one of many other beaches near Barcelona.
Sitges is a small town by the sea, to the west of Barcelona and is perfect for a relaxed sun-bathing. You can choose everything from family and nudist to gay-friendly beaches. The town has its collection of artistic buildings, so enter the Sitges streets and spend some time wondering around.
Probably the best-known place near Barcelona is Montserrat, an impressive mountain, just an hour drive to the north from the city. Beside the beauty of the rocky peaks, Montserrat is well known for the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey dated from the 10th century and home to the black virgin.
To the northeast from Barcelona, stretches the Costa Brava, with Girona being the biggest town of the region. On your way to Girona, you’ll be passing many villages converted into big hotel resorts, like Lloret del Mar. On the contrary, Girona is a beautiful medieval town with a centre where history lingers among the narrow-cobbled streets and a walled old Quarter. Climbing on one of the watchtowers will definitely give you an amazing view of the surrounding scenery. With a number of museums ready to educate you, Girona is a great destination rich in history.
The road from Girona continues to the north and takes you to Figueres. Figueres is a roughly 1 hour drive from Girona, and is especially famous for its Theatre – Museum Dalí – a surrealistic red building with giant eggs on top. With splendid architecture and a medieval castle, Figueres and Girona make a great day trip destination, that you leave wishing you could dedicate it more time. The rest of Costa Brava is full of pretty villages and is a great retreat from the busy city of Barcelona.
With all this small day trips that you can make, a car hire in Barcelona will definitely pay off! Driving in and around Barcelona will be easy, and as the roads in Spain are modern and in good condition your road trip will turn out hassle-free and a pleasant colouring of your Barcelona experience.