Barcelona takes everything you thought you knew about Spain and turns it on its head. A perfect combination of city break destination and beach holiday, it appeals to everyone including sophisticated solo travellers, romantic couples and families looking for that perfect combination of sun and sea (and sangria for the grown-ups). The heart of the Catalan region has a unique identity and its own vibrant personality. It’s a city of bold hues too, from the dazzling gold of the miles of sand that make up Barceloneta and other beaches, to the stunningly decorated buildings designed by Gaudi. A Hertz car rental in Barcelona adds a splash of colour to your trip.
Barcelona is the second most populous city in Spain and the commercial centre of the Costa Brava region, the most northern Mediterranean seafront in the country. Discover medieval romance in the Gothic quarter or explore the numerous markets and boutiques. The coast is also dotted with resort towns, many of which retain their age old charm and all of them easily accessible with a Hertz car rental in Barcelona.
You will need a full driving license and must be over 21 to rent a car in Barcelona. If you are from outside the European Union you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Barcelona, take a look at our page about renting a car in Spain.
As you may expect from a Roman city that has rapidly expanded and welcomes millions of visitors all year round, both driving and parking can be somewhat of a challenge. Parking close to the sites is a rarity, with spaces likely to be filled from the early hours of the morning. Cars are often subject to being towed away for even minor parking violations.
There are public parking garages and parking lots to be found, however. It is possible to park at the Estacio del Nord, and a multi storey car park at the Place de les Glories. Expect to pay around €15 for the multi storey car parks in the city centre, but please be aware some of them are quite tight with sharp angles. If you wish to park long term, a P-8 card lets you park for 8 days for €75.
Barcelona is a stunning city to explore. The roads and streets in the new part of town are laid out in a grid system making it easy to find your way around.
Many of the buildings are designed by Gaudi, including the Sagrada Familia, the emblematic temple and a major landmark which dominates the city and to be found at Carrer de Mallorca, 401. Other buildings designed by Gaudi include Casa Batilo on Passeig de Gràcia, 43, Casa Calvet on Carrer de Casp, 48 and Casa Vicens on Carrer de les Carolines, 24. Elsewhere in Barcelona, you can find La Rambla, a tree lined pedestrian street full of shops and markets, the Gothic quarter in the centre of the Old City and the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc at Plaça de Carles Buïgas, 1.
If coming from the north, Barcelona is located just 150km from the French border, La Jonquera, while the French motorway network connects to the AP-7, N-II and C-32 Barcelona motorway. You can enter Barcelona via the ring roads or the Avinguda Meridiana which leads to the centre.
If you’re driving to Barcelona from the south, the AP-7 or C-32 approaches the city via the Avinguda Diagonal. The AP-7 is a toll motorway.