Barcelona Car Hire

Traffic congestion and parking are a nightmare in Barcelona so for getting around the city you're probably better off using public transport or taxis rather than a car. As far as the locals are concerned, the moped rules, but as a stranger in town you might be might be safer using the bus. If you plan to spend time exploring the many attractions on offer throughout Catalonia, a hired car is the best way to do it.

Day Trips by Car

Top of your list of excursions should be the holy mountain of Montserrat, about 40 kilometres inland from the city. The 1,000-year-old Montserrat Monastery nestles among the extraordinary rock formations which inspired the swelling outlines of Gaudi's magnificent Sagrada Familia cathedral. You can take a funicular railway ride to this sacred spot which is the home of the famous Black Madonna statue of Mary (the patron saint of Catalonia). Christopher Columbus is among the millions who have made the pilgrimage to the monastery over the centuries - he brought Indians from South America here to show them one of the holiest sites in Spain.

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The kids will no doubt be more keen on a day out at Port Aventura, one of Europe's biggest theme parks an hour's drive south of Barcelona. The Universal Studios park is packed with thrill rides and entertainment including the horrifying Dragon Khan roller coaster which dominates the skyline for miles around. It's the ultimate in white-knuckle rides with no less than eight 360-degree loop the loops.

The beaches of Sitges, on the Costa Dorada to the south of Barcelona are a good place to escape city life for a day of sun soaking. Or head north to the popular Costa Brava resorts of Calella and Blanes and the frantic party paradise of Lloret de Mar. Beyond Lloret you'll plenty of pretty sheltered coves and unspoilt fishing villages to explore.

The Salvador Dali Museum at Figueres is the most visited museum in the whole of Catalonia. It's well worth making the short trip (take the A-7 motorway north from Barcelona) to marvel at the genius of one of Spain's greatest sons.


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