Hire a car at Barcelona airport and discover this fabulous fiesta of a city. Then fill the tank and head along the eastern coast to experience the rest of wonderful Catalonia. Book car hire Barcelona airport
Why hire a car at Barcelona airport?
While there are other airports in the region, Barcelona International Airport is just eight miles from the city centre. And what a city it is, with its party atmosphere and glistening stretch of beach. What's more, you can follow the sunshine further north to the lively Costa Brava or drive to Mediterranean towns and natural parks for less frenetic pleasures.
That all-important first mile:
driving out of Barcelona airport?
The city itself is a short, straightforward drive away - just follow the Autovia de Castelldefels C-246. Minutes from the airport a number of major motorways can be accessed from El Prat de Llobregat.
There are car hire desks in Terminal 1 on the first floor. You'll also find offices at both Terminal 2B and Terminal 2C, on the ground floors.
Foodie fans should make a beeline for Sibarium Delicatessen on the first floor of the Terminal 1 departures hall for a mouth-watering selection of oils, vinegars and tinned gourmet goodies. At the Chocolat Factory nearby, you can buy flowers and vases that, quite wonderfully, have been made out of chocolate.
There are ATMs situated at various points across both terminals, plus each has a bureau de change at La Caixa bank.
If you're in Terminal 1, head to the first floor of the departures hall and eat Spanish at the smart Semon restaurant. Over at Terminal 2, try Dehesa Santa María for its delicious range of tapas and local wines.
The airport's tourist information desks are first-rate, employing at least three people who are multilingual - meaning you wont' have to queue for long and fluency in Spanish isn't required. In Terminal 1 you'll find a desk by the arrivals gate, and in Terminal 2 at the front of the building by the café.
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Effortlessly chic and vibrant Barcelona is one of Europe's most fabulous cities, simply because it has everything - a beach, dazzling architecture, thriving cultural scene, roaring nightlife, great shopping and lashings of charm.
Stretching over 60 miles from Blanes right up to Portbou near the French border, the Costa Brava makes for a marvellous road trip. Take in the sea, sand and coves along this north-eastern coastline and visit the happening resorts of Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar for fun and sun.
A cultural hub with an artistic history, the town of Sitges boasts stunning buildings and excellent eateries. Its position between the sea and the mountains means you can tick all those scenery boxes.
Swap flip-flops for walking boots - this natural park to the east of Barcelona is home to a lush forest, caves, rocky outcrops and some interesting wildlife, including birds of prey and wild boar.