Barcelona – by car through the capital of Catalonia
Barcelona, Spain's second largest metropolis, offers city breakers a wealth of fantastic sights. These include the intricate, asymmetrical buildings of Antoni Gaudi, as well as the colourful sound-scapes and shows of street musicians and acrobats on La Rambla. To explore further afield from the city centre it is best to hire a car: you can head for the important wine-producing village of Penedes or to the famous Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat. By car you can also drive 35 kilometres north to Caldes de Montbui, famous for its Roman thermal baths, said to be the second hottest in the world. For those interested in art, a car tour to the Dali Museum in Figueres is a must. From there, it is worth taking a detour to the Lake of Banyoles for a swim or to explore the surrounding picturesque villages. Enjoy the independence that a hire car provides and book your cheap hire car for picking up in Barcelona now. Did you know that the port of Barcelona is the starting point for the crossing to Mallorca by sea? Two large ferry companies sail to the Balearic Islands up to 7 times a week. The journey time is about 7.5 hours.
The Aquarium Barcelona is located in the harbour area, just a stone’s throw away from the Columbus Monument. The aquarium houses about 35 different tanks with about 11,000 creatures. You are in for an underwater experience where you can marvel at 450 different species.
It is easy to park your cabriolet in the harbour quarter and explore the Aquarium Barcelona. A highlight of this tour is the 80-metre-long underwater sea-through tunnel under the main tank. There is also an ocean tank for sharks, rays and other large tropical fish. If you are looking for an adventure, you can even scuba dive with sharks at the Aquarium Barcelona. After a technical briefing divers enter the great oceanarium to go face-to-face with tropical fish and giant turtles.
Park Güell is located in the north of the city of Barcelona. It was built between 1900 and 1914 by the enigmatic architect Antonio Gaudí. According to the wishes of the industrialist Eusebi Güell, who commissioned the park, Park Güell was originally intended to be an English garden. The venture was supposed to be financed by the sale of 60 villas. However, the sale of the magnificent houses was so sluggish that only two lots were sold in the end. The Güell family lived in one of the houses, and Gaudí, who was commissioned with the project, in the other. Although the park was never finished in 1984 UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage Site under the Works of Antoni Gaudí. Between 1907 and 1913 a 3000 m² oval terrace was built as the centre of the park. The spectacular seating arrangement features mosaics of small ceramic tiles and crystals designed and completed by the artist Josep Maria Juiol. On your exploration of the impressive city of Barcelona in your hire car be sure to stop and visit Güell Park in the north of the city.
The Sagrada Familia is a Roman Catholic basilica built by Antonio Gaudí, the famous Catalan architect and outstanding representative of Catalan modernism. The church was designed in the neo-Catalan style and is still incomplete. The construction began in 1882 and, according to the latest projections, is to be completed in 2026.
Due to the long construction period, various architectural styles are reflected in the Sagrada Familia. From neo-gothic, Gaudí’s modernism to curvilinear Art Nouveau. Due to its spectacular appearance and associated prominence, it is today one of the main attractions of Barcelona. You can park your car in one of the side streets of the basilica. The pioneering architect Antonio Gaudí died in 1926 after being hit by a tram. He was buried in the crypt of the Sagrada Familia. The crypt houses a chapel in honour of the patron saint of Catalonia, the Virgin of Montserrat, and the tomb of Josep Maria Bocabella i Verdaguer, who masterminded the building of the Sagrada Familia.