Getting around by car
Barcelona is indeed an amazing city. You will be surprised with the number of places that you can visit, a weekend is not long enough to check them all out. Aside from museums and cafes, you can enjoy the breathtaking architecture that has made Barcelona one of the world’s favourite tourist destinations.
The benefits of visiting Barcelona include a great number of apartments to rent, many of them located near different tourist attractions. Public transport is hassle-free thanks to its variety that includes a bus network, a metro and three tram lines. In Barcelona, you also have the chance to rent a car and enjoy the sights and different sounds the city has to offer in a day trip.
Parking is not a problem because there are designated areas where you can leave your car without any worries at all. Street parking is restricted and must be paid for in Barcelona. There are two zones, blue and green, with prices that vary from 2-3 euros per hour, for a maximum period of two hours. Conditions usually apply from Monday to Friday, from 8am to 8pm.
The best option if you do arrive in Barcelona by car is to leave it parked in one of the many car parks found throughout the city. The price is usually from 2 to 3 euros per hour or around 30 to 35 euros per day.
Parking in one of the large car parks situated at the Forum, Estació del Nord and Parc de Recerca Biomèdica can be an economic option, they offer special prices if you leave your car for longer periods. For more information see http://www.bsmsa.cat/
However, if you are planning to visit other places around the city of Barcelona, a car is the perfect mean of transportation to avoid schedules and pre-established itineraries. Consider the following stops for an exciting road trip:
- Tarragona, just an hour away from Barcelona, is well-known for its awe-inspiring Roman ampitheater that dates back to the 2nd century. Tourists are always fascinated by the ruins and museums nearby. If you want to hit the beach, then you must go to the surrounding Costa Dorada.
- Montserrat, located 60km from Barcelona, is site of the famous mountain top monastery the Benedictine Abbe of Santa Maria de Montserrat. This place is also the home of the Black Madonna (La Moreneta) and the famous Montserrat Boys Choir.
- Valencia is Spain’s third largest city. It is filled with historic monuments, beautiful gardens, and various important museums. Here, you can experience the world’s largest annual food fight- the famous Tomatina – where residents and tourists hurl tons of tomatoes at each other. After the festivities, grab a plate of paella – Valencia’s famed seafood dish.
- Cadaques, with a spectacular view of the mountains and the sea, is a former fishing village in Costa Brava and your passport to hiking adventures and more amazing views. You can rent a boat and go scuba diving in its beaches. While you’re here, don’t forget to visit Salvador Dali’s house near Port Lligat.
If you have more time to spare, you will have endless possibilities for an amazing road trip in Catalunya or other parts of Spain.