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Car Hire in Barcelona

Car Hire in Barcelona

This information is correct as of July 2015.

Nothing beats being able to take control of your journey, from where you're going, what time you're going there, the time you're leaving, and the route to take. To achieve independence and flexibility when travelling to Barcelona, consider renting a car to utilise during your stay. Use Skyscanner to look up car rental agencies offering their services in Barcelona, and get a quote to make sure you are able to find the best deal.

Where to hire a car in Barcelona

Well-known car rental companies operating in Barcelona, Spain include Avis, Europcar, Sixt, Enterprise, Thrifty, and Hertz. Enterprise Rent-A-Car has an office at Plaza de los Países Catalanes; Thrifty Car Rental at Carrer de Viriat, 45; Sixt at Carrer Aragó, 54; Barcelona Car Hire at C/ Viladomat, 213; and Aav Rent A Car at Carrer Urgell, 56; among others. Common pick-up and drop-off locations within Barcelona include the airport, Barceloa Sants Train Station, the city centre, Gran Via, and many other districts.

What to expect when hiring a car from Barcelona Barcelona has some narrow streets and a road system that can be complicated at first. The city lies on three international routes: European route E15, European route E90, and European route E09. E15 follows the Mediterranean coast, E90 runs to Madrid and Lisbon, and E09 runs to Paris. Barcelona is served by a network of motorways and highways that include A-2, A-7/AP-7, C-16, C-31, and C-60. If you are driving in Barcelona for the first time, it is advisable to acquire a map and plan your route prior to setting off. Take into account that there are many one-way streets.

Parking can be expensive, especially around the major tourist destinations. Free parking spots within the city include near Moll de Sant Bertran, near Guell Park, and near Font Màgica, in Plaça Espanya.

Getting to your destination

Montserrat
Montserrat is a multi-peaked mountain known for being the site of the Benedictine Abbey Santa Maria de Montserrat, host of the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary. It contains the Virgin of Montserrat, the statue of the Virgin Mary and infant Christ. Montserrat is the most important religious retreat in Catalonia, as the black virgin is Catalonia's favourite saint. The highest point in Montserrat is Sant Jeroni, accessible via a footpath. It provides great views of almost all of Catalonia.

You can reach Montserrat via A-2, via A-2 and C-55, or via C-58.

Tarragona
Tarragona is a large seaside town in Tarragona province. Attractions here include Roman buildings such as the Roman ruins of Tarraco, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Roman Walls, the Amphitheatre, the Roman Circus, the Necropolis, and the Aurelian Way. Religious buildings in Tarragona include a cathedral that combines Romanesque and Gothic architectural elements, the church of the Capuchins, and the archiepiscopal palace. There are several notable events held in Tarragona as well, such as the Tarragona International Dixieland Festival, the Tarragona International Fireworks Displays Competition, and the Santa Tecla Festival.

From Barcelona, you can either take the route via C-32 and AP-7, or via AP-7 all the way. There are tolls in this route.

Sitges
The town of Sitges is known worldwide for the Sitges Film Festival and Carnival. Tourist attractions also include 17 beaches, nightspots, and historical sites. Sitges is considered to be one of the most gay-friendly places in the world.

Sitges can be accessed via C-32, or via Avinguda Diagonal and C-32.

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