Come summer in Barcelona and some of the best places to frequent are the beaches or the mountains. It usually doesn’t pay to own a car in the city as you can get almost everywhere via foot, metro, bus or taxi. However, if you’re looking to venture up the coast or into the Pyrenees, rent a car at one of the fairly cheap and affordable car rental shops (such as pepecar or AAV Car Rentals) and take a road trip outside of Barcelona.
Here are a few ideas for fun road trips, just a quick ride outside of the city:
1: Cadaques & Cap de Creus – Hands down, this is one of the most serene and peaceful places outside of Barcelona. Cadaques is not only home to Dali’s house, but this quaint, beach-side town is ideal for a little romantic getaway; whether it’s just for the day or a few nights, it’s definitely worth a visit, especially during summer. Lined with authentic bars and high quality restaurants along the boardwalk, Cadaques has crystal clear water, perfect for swimming snorkeling and scuba diving. Just a short 15 minute drive up the hill from Cadaques is Cap de Creus, a look out point with one local, very delicious restaurant situated on top. Be sure to make a reservation though as it’s always packed and often hard to get a table. As well, don’t wear a hat or have anything on you that’s not ‘tied down’…the winds are incredibly strong! This is an easy, fun and relaxing road trip up the Costa Brava, one in which you can incorporate several other beach stops along the way.
2: Andorra – Road trip into the smallest country in the world. Only 2.5 hours away from Barcelona, Andorra is an excellent place to visit if you like shopping, skiing and hiking. There is no tax in Andorra so if you’re in need of clothes and accessories this is definitely worth a day trip or an ‘overnighter.’ Although Andorra conjures up visions of snowy mountains and people skiing or snowboarding, come summer and the Pyrenees provides for some of the most challenging hiking trails in the tranquility of nature.
3: Sitges -Although Sitges is known as one of Europe’s ‘gayest’ cities, this picturesque town is a quick 45 minute drive outside of Barcelona and a fun road trip with scenic views. The town itself is charming with a vibrant and lively atmosphere, which intensifies during summer and of course during gay pride.