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Barcelona

Barcelona is a city of fun, football, art and especially Catalan pride. Stopping at Barcelona (Barcelona Airport has a great low budget connection with the rest of Europe) for whatever reason - business or leisure will pay off in all possible ways.

There has been great debate over the founding of Barcelona. There are two legends regarding its founding; one says that it was founded by Hamilcar Barca, the father of Hannibal, the great Carthaginian general, and the other claims Hercules, the Roman name for the Greek hero was the founder. Since the origins will forever remain in shadow, the city has a touch of mystery, making it even more alluring.

It is an enchanting and romantic city. Both proud and humble. Contemporary but deeply tied to its centuries of history. Dazzling modern, but still classical. Designed by Ildefons Cerdà i Sunyer and jazzed up by the eccentric architect Antoni Gaudi this Spain's second city has many faces and every single one will leave you intrigued and longing for more. If you're considering hiring a car in Barcelona and exploring the nearby cities, you won't have any problems.

Basic info and car hire in Barcelona

  • Location: Community of Catalonia
  • Population: 1,604,555 (2015)
  • Official language: Catalan Spanish is the official language. Castilian Spanish is also widely spoken. Learn more »
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Weather: Mediterranean climate. Summers are warm and dry with an average temperature of about 80°F / 27°C and winters are mild and humid with an average temperature of around 55°F / 13°C. Read more »
  • Holidays in Barcelona: For public holidays in Spain click here »
  • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants and cafés are mostly equipped with Wi-Fi. There is also Barcelona Wi-Fi, which is a free internet access network. Read more »
  • Road conditions: Roads are well maintained and have good connections.
  • Car hire in Barcelona: Prices for hiring a car in Barcelona are as low as 8£ / day (9€ / day) in the summer and autumn. If you want to visit Barcelona in the winter, the prices are roughly around 9£ / day (10€ / day). Spring prices for renting a car in Barcelona are around 20£ / day (22€ / day). Keep in mind that prices fluctuate frequently. To ensure you have the lowest car hire price, make a car booking from 3 to 8 weeks prior to your vehicle collection. Alternatively, it's possible to get a great last minute car hire deal also. Most people pick up their rental at El Prat Airport, some opt for locations, such as Sabadell, Sants train station and Granollers. Find the best car hire deal in Barcelona!

Driving in Barcelona

The roads are well maintained; however, extremely heavy traffic can be an issue – try to avoid driving during rush hours (from 8 to 9:30a.m., 12:30 to 2:30p.m., 3:30 to 5p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30p.m.; the quietest period is usually between 3 and 5p.m.). “Peajes” or toll roads are usually quite expensive. Since this might not be the news you wanted to hear, but on the other hand, car hire in Barcelona is a simple and affordable process. There are plenty of car hire agencies in the area, such as Sixt, Europcar, Keddy and more, and you'll definitely find your dream rental car!

If you wish to swim in the warm Mediterranean, the best time to plan your visit is in early summer (May and June) or autumn (September and October). The maximum BAC level is 0.05% for drivers of private vehicles. There is a Zero Tolerance Law for novice drivers who have held a driving licence less than two years and for young drivers under the age of 21.

  • Age limits: 21 (minimum age may vary according to car hire companies. A Young Driver fee will apply to drivers under 25 years of age. In order to hire a car, it is required that a driver has held a driving licence for a minimum of one year).
  • International Driving Permit: Yes, if you are a non-EU licence holder.
  • Additional papers: Identification (passport), a valid driving licence and a valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire company in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in Barcelona).
  • Additional requirements: Warning triangles, reflective vests and hands-free equipment with hearing aids are required while driving and talking on the phone.
  • Children in the car: All car occupants must wear a seatbelt. Children under the age of twelve or shorter than 4ft 5in (1.35 metres) can only travel in the front passenger seat if they are in a special rear-facing children’s seat.
  • Driving side of the road: Right.
  • Lights: Headlights are not turned on unless you are in a tunnel or during conditions of poor visibility.
  • General speed limits: 75 mph (120 kph) on motorways, 60 mph (100 kph) on highways, 60 to 50 mph (100 to 80 kph) outside cities and 30 mph (50 kph) in residential areas.
  • Parking suggestions: There are many underground parking garages in the city and there are metered parking spots identified with blue lines where you can usually park your rent a car for up to two hours. Parking in spaces with yellow stripes is prohibited. It is recommended not to leave any valuables in the car. Read more »

What to see in Barcelona

A great start is Ciutat Vella, which is the old city and is comprised of the most beautiful neighbourhoods this metropolis has to offer; El Born, the Gothic Quarter and the Raval, are neighbourhoods rich in sights, cafes and restaurants. If you’re not a Barcelona newcomer or if you want to experience the true essence of this city, take a stroll through the Poble SecPoblenou and Gracia neighbourhoods as well. These parts of town are perhaps best seen by foot, not by car, especially if you love taking photos, drinking coffee and getting lost in lovely areas. If this screams your name, leave your rental at your hotel and explore away!


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Hotels in Barcelona


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Drive your rental car beyond Barcelona

If you have time on your hands and if you're a wanderlust, go further! In this case, you might want to seriously consider a car hire in Barcelona, because it's the easiest and fastest way to reach all the beautiful places near and around Barcelona. And around you should go – the Catalonia region is extraordinary beautiful and diverse. This utopian landscape mesmerized artists such as DalíMiróPicasso who immortalized it in their art work. Catalonia is also famous for its wine and cava, commonly known as sparkling wine, production. In fact, more than 90% of cava is made in the region between Barcelona and Tarragona.
Begin your trip by driving about 38 mi (60 km) southwest from Barcelona to the unique and craggy peaked Montserrat mountain. There you will see the dramatic 11th century Monastery of Montserrat , which offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding land.

For a well-rounded day trip drive to the Penedes area nearby to indulge in a glass of cava or any other wine. It's well worth the effort.

You can also explore the small coastal town nested around the hills of Garraf National Park, the charming and stylish Sitges. While there, go for a swim! There’s plenty of sandy beaches in Sitges.

Get in your rental and head down the coast beyond Sitges and you will soon reach the larger fishing town called Vilanova i la Geltrú. Both Sitges and Vilanova i la Geltrú offer a relaxing day or night out.

How about the historic Tarragona with its Roman remains and buzzing nightlife?

From there you can drive to the old town of Miravet situated by the Ebro River and pointing its castle towards the sky.

Or you can tackle your journey from a different side, the north-eastern side of Barcelona. About 80 mi (130 km) up the road, situated on a hill, lies a charming medieval village Pals with cobbled streets, boutiques, cafés and a golden beach just a 10 minute drive away called Platja de Pals.

About 6 mi (10 km) away from the village you can discover the coastal region of Costa Brava. It consists of picturesque villages, amazing beaches , premium resorts and alluring nature. Needless to say this area is popular among visitors. However, if you wish to discover a more traditional side, you can get behind your wheels and head over to the artsy Cadaqués, which is close to the French border and sheltered by the magnificent Pyrenees. Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, René Magritte, Pablo Picasso and others were frequent visitors of this village.

Where to eat, drink and party in Barcelona

Catalan cuisine is famous for its impressive seafood dishes and flavoursome vegetables. Forget paella, Fideuà is what you should try! Made with noodles instead of rice and quite liberal with veggies or seafood. Catalan region is located on the coast but is still mountainous and they brought their distinctive terrain right on the plate with 'Mar Y Muntanya' ('Sea and Mountain') dish which is a mix of meat, fish and seashells. Also delicious is Pa Amb Tomaquet, a toasted bread dipped in a bit of olive oil with juicy, fresh tomatoes. Escalivada or grilled veg sometimes accompanied by anchovies is also very delicious. Their dessert called Mel I Mato is especially favoured by cheese lovers; made from soft goat cheese, honey and sometimes walnuts. Read more about food. Taste their bubbly cava or any red or white wines, and don’t forget about Vermouth!



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Major events and festivals in Barcelona


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