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Barcelona has everything you want from a city. Renowned for its architecture, great food, art, culture and active nightlife, the city is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. In addition to all the great sights and activities, visitors appreciate the city's sense of style and its Mediterranean attitude towards the good life.

If you’re looking for a European city that combines plenty of excitement with loads of personality then Barcelona, set on the enchanting coast of the Mediterranean, is a great choice.

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Plan your trip from Barcelona

The capital of Catalonia and second largest city in Spain is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Many consider Barcelona to be one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan hubs in the world.
Barcelona is located on the northern corner of the Iberian Peninsula, which brings the area a wonderful climate. There’s never a bad time to visit, but the city is really at its best during late spring and summer. During August the usual temperature reaches between 25 to 31 C, or 77 to 88 F.
Plaça de Catalunya (Plaza Catalonia) is the city’s main square, and it presents a lively scene throughout the day. The history of the Catalan region – or country without a state as the locals prefer to say – is illustrated in the square itself, where statues of important historical figures through the centuries are present.

Take a stroll along Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s popular boulevard and an entertaining introduction to the city. It is lined with kiosks selling everything from flowers to newspapers, and home to famous La Boqueria market, as well as performers, cafes and bars. The bottom of Las Ramblas is marked by the Christopher Columbus Monument.

Roadtrips from Barcelona

A short excursion beyond the borders of Barcelona will lead to rewarding day trips and more cultural gems.
Montserrat is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Catalonia. The site is run by Benedictine monks and locals consider it to be the cultural heart of the region. Both pilgrims and visitors are welcome to visit the monastery here and La Moreneta, a small wooded statue of the Black Virgin Mary.
Dalí Theatre and Museum
Drive out of the city and head north-east towards the E15 Motorway. This route will take you all the way to Figueres and a museum dedicated to Spain’s famous surrealist artist, Salvador Dalí.  He personally designed the museum to showcase his life’s work and is buried nearby. The museum serves as a mausoleum to one of the most artistic spirits of the 20th century.

The nearby fishing village of Cadaqués has long been a haven for intellectuals and artists. Today, Cadaqués is a laidback beach town, popular with those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Barcelona for a time and enjoy a more peaceful side to Catalonia.

Spanish road rules

Country driving laws

  • Mobile phones may not be used at all whilst driving
  • Do not use headphones when driving (except hearing aids)
  • Dipped headlights must be used in poor daylight visibility
  • Always use indicators, you will be fined for not using indicators when needed
  • Cyclists have right of way, at all times

Speed limits

All speed signs will be in km/h. For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers: Urban areas:
  • 50 km/h (31 mph)
  • Rural areas: 90 km/h (55 mph)
  • Motorways: 120km/h (74mph)

Unless indicated by road signs.

Child safety / Seatbelt laws
  • It is compulsory for the driver and all passengers to wear a seatbelt
  • Children aged under 12 and less than 135cm tall must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size
  • Children aged under 12 are not allowed to sit in the front seat

Please note - it is the child’s parent/guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.

This road rules information is for provided for general guidance only. We endeavour to keep the information up to date and accurate, but any reliance you place on this information is at your own risk.