###Car Hire at the Airport
Barcelona Airport – also known as Aeroport del Prat – is one of the busiest airports in Europe and serves the city of Barcelona, capital of Catalonia. Though there are multiple airports serving Catalonia, Barcelona Airport is considered one of the most convenient as it is only 14km away from the city.
If you’d like to drive to the city, car rental facilities are available at Barcelona Airport itself - you’d be able to find the desks of major car hire agencies like Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and Enterprise at the ground floor of Terminal 1, past the baggage claim area.
Do note that traffic in Barcelona is right-handed. For foreigners from non-EU countries, an international driving license issued from your home country is required before you are allowed to drive in the country. Also, the license should contain a page of information written in Spanish.
Driving in Barcelona isn’t too difficult, what with the city’s well-developed network of roads. Also, the grid street plan makes navigation easy even for first-time tourists. Parking is also not too big a problem, as plenty of underground parking garages are available throughout the city.
###What to see and do
Few cities can encompass some of the best beaches, sports, shopping, entertainment and dining options in the world all at once, and Barcelona is one of them. Consistently rated amongst the best in all the above arenas, there is something in Barcelona city for just about everyone. Love art and architecture? Antonio Gaudi’s magnificent and eccentric works are scattered all around the city. Big sports fan? Barcelona FC – one of the most prominent and successful football clubs globally – is based here, and you can visit their stadium and museum. For foodies, there is no lack of gastronomic delight in this city that houses some of the best Catalan restaurants and tapas bars in the world. Shopaholic at heart? Take a stroll along the famous Las Ramblas, a lively pedestrian mall lined with merchants selling all sorts of wares, as well as street performers pretending to be statues.
You have not seen Barcelona until you see the magnificently eccentric and mildly terrifying Sagrada Familia, a stunning piece of architecture that defies words. Created by the artistic, eccentric genius Antonio Gaudí, Barcelona’s most internationally renowned and emblematic architect, the Sagrada Familia is an enormous Basilica that has, hilariously, been under construction since 1882. Because Gaudí passed away in the middle of construction, finishing the project became challenging as many of his ideas and plans were lost. Even without being complete, though, the structure already looks like something out of a dark fairy tale, with ominous tall towers, twisted columns, and extremely intricate patterns of a huge number of different geometrical forms. Scheduled for at least another decade’s worth of construction, the Sagrada Familia is already the icon of Barcelona and one of those rare objects whose magnitude and magnificence you have to see to understand.