Amongst the best places to visit in Barcelona are Park Guell, intricately designed by Gaudi to radiate with colour and life. Casa Batlló, also known as Gaudi's house, is another masterpiece by the revered Catalan architect. Some people prefer just to view the exterior of the house, but the interior is equally impressive. A walk around the inside takes a little less than an hour and audio guides are available. Take in the atmosphere of the oldest part of Barcelona on a stroll through Barrio Gótico, or the Gothic Quarter. There is also a very nice walk to the amusement park at the top of Tibidabo mountain. This is the place to get the best views of the city though it is a tough climb so driving to the top may be a good alternative. Gaudi's unfinished Sagrada Familia in the centre of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a must-see for architecture fans. The building of this Basilica is ongoing, having begun in 1882 before Gaudi took over in 1883. As the Sagrada Familia is a very popular attraction, it often sees long queues, so if you wish to go inside it is worth getting there early in the day.
There are many things to do in Barcelona and activities to suit all interests, including everything from hiking and exploring the outdoors to taking in some art and culture or sampling the local cuisine. One of the best reasons for renting a car in Barcelona is the freedom it gives you to get out of the city and into the beautiful countryside. Some of the best eateries and wineries of the region, such as the Mas Molla winery, are located in or near the Catalonian towns of Girona and Figueres. Girona is home to the very impressive Cateral de Santa María de Girona and the benedictine monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants, a popular example of Romanesque architecture. Also nearby to Barcelona, there are attractions such as Dalí's house and Monserrat park. The Salvador Dalí Theatre and Museum is located in the artist's Catalonian hometown, Figueres, which is about a two and a half hour drive from the city. Both the beautiful Dalí museum and the town itself are well worth a visit, whether you're a fan of the artist or new to his work. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy a trip to the Monserrat Natural Park, where there are spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The rocky landscape and expansive vistas provide the perfect backdrop for watching the sunset.
Barcelona has plenty to offer in terms of culture, art, architecture and gastronomy, and it is very well-located for accessing other towns and villages. It is also one of the few European cities to have a beach. There are two Barcelona airports. Flights to Barcelona generally land in Girona or El Aeropuerto de Barcelona-El Prat. The drive from Girona to the city centre takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes, while from Barcelona-El Prat, the drive is just 30 minutes. Barcelona hotels are plentiful and visitors have a great range of accommodation options to choose from. Hotel rooms can be somewhat pricey in the city centre so it is worth checking out a few options, including those perhaps a little less central. Having a rental car means you'll still be able to reach all the sights quickly and easily.
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In Spain, you drive on the right and overtake on the left. Barcelona is a bustling city with a lot of people moving about, so drivers need to take extra care on its busy streets. Be sure to look out for people on scooters, which is a particularly popular mode of transport here. Parking places in Barcelona are plentiful but just be sure to plan ahead when it comes to parking nearby to the sights and close to your accommodation.