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Barcelona Driving Ideas Guide


Masterful architect Antoni Gaudi has altered the landscape of Barcelona with his undulating architecture. Whether it is the colorful mosaics of Guell park or La Sagrada Familia, the unfinished cathedral that looks straight out of a bedtime story book.

Barcelona is for culture vultures, whether you love cathedrals, museums (Including the Museu Picasso) shopping at some of its thriving design quarters or spending hours sampling local foods in the endless markets and bazaars.

The night life is active and not for sissies. Expect to begin your night at midnight and only return home when the sun comes up.

While Barcelona will enchant you with its shock of bright colours, as colourful as the locals you’ll meet while there, there are plenty of things to do just beyond the city.

Barcelona to Sitges:

45 min to Sitges (40.1 km)

Is it the beaches that have attracted you to Barcelona? Head out to the town of Sitges for another day of sun and sand. The main beaches attract large crowds, but there are some smaller beaches along the periphery of the main beaches where you’ll have some more space to yourself. There is also a nudist beach if you’re not partial to tan lines. The sea is warm and there is a promenade, but Sitges is also known for its Modernisme architecture, museums and art galleries.

Sitges is around 45 minutes from Barcelona, the last 15 minutes to Sitges will have you driving along the coast with the blue ocean preparing you for a lovely day at the beach. The price of fuel to get you there is the same as buying a ticket for the local cinema.

Barcelona to Montblanc:

1 hour 23 to Montblanc (118 km)

While you can easily reach the traditionally walled Medieval town Montblanc by train it is far better to go by car as it will allow you to visit the ‘Cistercian Route’ more thoroughly and at your own pace. The route consists of three incredible monasteries, Poblet, Vallbona de les Monges and Santes Creues. They are all as large as they are impactful, and incredibly preserved. Be sure to set off from Barcelona in the morning if you would like to spend time exploring all three, which is well worth it. The entrance fee to Poblet is 5 Euros, the same price as a coffee for two, and it includes a guided tour.

Barcelona to Tarragona:

1 hour 19 to Tarragona (98.7 km)

Don’t forget that Spain has a past that leads back to the Roman Empire, the remains of which can be found in Tarragona. The main Roman sites are found in the Museu d’Historis de Tarragona, which tends to get busy from midday, so best to explore the Ampitheatra Roma or the grand cathedral during that time and head back to the Museu d’Historis de Tarragona after a late lunch at one of the many seafood restaurants.

If you feel like staying more than a day outside Barcelona, then check out our website Cheaper Than Hotels, where you’ll find a range of accommodation in the area to suit your budget.

While the railway infrastructure is extensive around Barcelona, renting one of our rental cars allows you to choose how you spend your time according to your own schedule. Our ethos is to assist you in getting the most bang for your buck while travelling to a distant location. We supply reasonably priced vehicles, allowing you to spend the cash you save on entertainment and activities and generally just enjoying your vacation. We want you to spend less so that you can do more during your visit to Barcelona.

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