How to find wheels in the capital of Catalonia
The Catalans will be quick to
tell you, most of them anyway, that they are not "Spanish".
They are, they proudly proclaim, "European", with much more
in common with their blood relatives in French Catalonia,
than with the people of Seville, or Madrid.
The upshot is that they are strenuous in
providing a level of efficiency and service to rival anything
found in Northern Europe. So you can pick up a car at one
of our nine city locations and head off to experience the
delights of Catalonia, in no time at all.
Driving in Barcelona and the region
Barcelona is a raging great city, with the
worst traffic, parking and car theft in Europe. A recent report
said the European union was fitting all its cars with high
voltage booby traps when they go to Barcelona. No, we made
that up. But do as the Catalans do, hire a car for day trips
oput of the city and them spend your time in town afoot. It's
a wonderful city, with a cosmopolitan attitude, and dreamlike,
unlikely buildings by Gaudi combined with the stately Regency
look of the Ramblas.You can spend so much time rubber-necking,
it can be dangerous, so park the car, and walk a lot.
Foreign driving licenses are accepted,and
the Catalans go out of their way to be forgiving to foreigners,
but be careful where you park. They can get a bit old fashioned
if some one is obviously "Taking the Mickey". That goes for
road behaviour in general,so be careful to obey all the rules.
New drivers in Spain would be advised to cast an eye over
our page on "Driving
Regulations In Spain".