Situated in Catalonia in the north east of Spain between the mountains and the sea, Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city with something to offer everyone.
As Spain's second city, Barcelona is a popular tourist destination all year round and is famed for its football team, pristine beaches such as Mar Bella and the Gaudi architecture such as the unmistakable Sagrada Familia.
Barcelona Airport (BCN) is less than 30 minutes by car from the centre of town and you can arrange to pick up your hire car at the airport. The city is also easily accessible from both Gerona (GRO) and Reus (REU) airports, which are around an hour's drive away.
Hiring a car in Barcelona will allow you to make the most of all that this city has to offer and enable you to have the time to explore the region of Catalonia. You may even wish to pick up your hire car at one airport and leave from another, giving you the freedom to plan every aspect of your trip. Barcelona car hire companies will work with you to help plan your trip.
Barcelona's roads are laid out in a grid shape, which makes them easy to navigate and allows easy access to all the sites of interest. Visit La Ramblas for some retail therapy during the day or to party in any of the many bars and clubs that are frequented by both locals and tourists alike when the sun goes down.
The city hosted the 1992 Olympic Games and the Olympic park is now open to visitors who can tour the facility and see where the action happened. The nearest metro is twenty minutes walk from the park, so car hire in Barcelona can really help to reduce the amount of time spent walking between metro stations and attractions.
A trip up Tibidabo, a 512-metre high mountain just outside of Barcelona, will reward you with breath-taking panoramic views over the city and Iberian coastline. The hill is home to the oldest amusement park in Barcelona and the Temple de Sagrat Cor.
Montjuïc overlooks the harbour and features a Spanish village and the remains of the 18th-century Castell de Montjuïc, which can be reached by cable lift. The hill is also home to the Joan Miró Foundation.
Fans of FC Barcelona can go to the Camp Nou stadium to watch the iconic team play or to visit the club's museum and store. The museum features a highly interactive exhibition and aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the club's history, values and triumphs.
Barcelona's Gothic Quarter is a place to wander through narrow streets and be transported to another era. Famous for its Cathedral, which epitomises Gothic architecture, the forecourt is used as venue for the Sardana dance on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons.
Barcelona has a lot to offer and hiring a car certainly makes it easier to get the most out of this city, which has managed to seamlessly blend history and modernity to create an unforgettable landscape of experiences.
When you've explored the city, access to a car puts the whole of Catalonia within reach. Drive south to Costa Dorada in the province of Tarragona, which is home to Spain's most popular theme park and resort, Port Aventura. The resort in Salou is a 30-minute drive from Reus Airport (REU) and is the largest in the south of Europe.
Cambrils lies next door to Salou and is a popular holiday resort for Spaniards. This small fishing village is known for its pristine coastline and excellent local cuisine.
Alternatively, head north to Costa Brava with its secluded coves and small beach-side villages before exploring the medieval town of Gerona. This walled city offers the opportunity to visit Arabian baths and one of the best preserved Jewish quarters in Europe.
A short drive away you'll find Figueres, the home town of Salvador Dali and where the Salvador Dali Museum is located. Figueres and Gerona are the most popular destinations in northern Catalonia and a day trip to this region is a wonderful way to complement your holiday in Barcelona.
Barcelona offers a central hub from which to experience parts of Spain and hiring a car is the ideal way to experience the vast array of sights, attractions and landscapes that are close to the city.
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