Travel guide to Barcelona
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Barcelona is one of the most popular short break destinations in the whole of Europe, offering stunning architecture, great nightlife, and sun-kissed beaches. It is also a popular entry point into northern Spain and for people who want to explore The Pyrenees and the ideal place from which to begin a driving holiday in Europe.
You can choose from a number of different car hire companies at Barcelona El-Prat Airport. Avis, Europcar, Atesa, Sixt, and Hertz Rent a car all have desks within the arrivals hall of the terminal building just after baggage reclaim where you can collect your vehicle on arrival.
There are many things that you will want to see within the city of Barcelona itself. The famous Sagrada Familia cathedral and other buildings designed by Antonio Gaudi are considered to be “must see” attractions that no visitor should miss out on. Enjoying an early evening along La Ramblas in the city centre is a great way of getting to know the locals, while on a sunny day you will find the cooling waters of Barcelona beach to be a great escape from the heat.
Heading south from the city along the coast, you can visit the upmarket beach resort of Sitges, which is known for its exclusive hotels, golf courses, and some of the finest restaurants in Europe.
If you head inland from Barcelona towards the north, you pass through Montjuc Park, which is a great place to see some traditional Spanish wildlife in its natural habitat, and also take the cable car up from ground level to the top of the hill, from where you can enjoy stunning views back over the city and Olympic park. Generally it is better to go up Montjuc in the winter, or early morning when the air is clearer, and you get better views.
If you are travelling to Barcelona during the winter, then the opportunity to head north for a couple of hours to the Pyrenees can be tempting. Aside from their breathtaking views, the Pyrenees offer some of the best skiing in Europe, making it a popular winter sports destination.
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