As one of the most popular destinations for expatriates seeking better living standards for them and their families and more career opportunities, Spain has become a primary choice also for visitors and tourists worldwide. Cities like Barcelona and Madrid especially are quickly gaining ground because of their family-friendly environment, low crime rate, safe streets and their multi-cultural character which makes it easy to integrate with the local communities. If you fancy a trip to Barcelona, there are some wonderful locations that can be easily reached within driving distance from the city. Top advertised sites like Primerentcar are recommended as one of the best choices for European luxury car hire services that will provide a delightful road-trip across the best spots in Spain, all conveniently located and strategically positioned near Barcelona.
Barcelona itself boasts some of the best sights in Spain and is of course highly frequented at all time of the year. Rent a stylish Grand Voyager with all the space you need for a family vacation (7 seats), or a convertible 2+2 seats Cabrio for couples, and travel to the many beach resorts that the city is known for- thanks also to its year-round mild climate- and admire the city’s wonderful architecture designed by Antonio Gaudi and other popular architects and designers. Check out the giant Basilica ‘La Sagrada Familia’ by Antonio Gaudi, which construction began in 1882 and continues to this day. Head downtown along Las Ramblas, the most famous street in the city where you will be able to experience all the lively folklore and traditional customs and celebrations that make this city so special and an intrinsic part of Mediterranean history. Street performers, shops, restaurants, and state of the art buildings line this part of the city and give it that special artistic and cosmopolitan feel. The colourful extravagance of the Magic Fountain of Montjuic is a real spectacle at night, splendidly illuminated and worthy of its name.
Drive 100 km south and you will discover the many artistic and archaeological treasures of Terragona, one of the major centres of activity dating to the Roman occupation, once the capital of the Roman province of ‘Hispania.’ The many Roman ruins include the forum, the amphitheatre and the archaeological artefacts preserved in the city’s museum. With its splendid Medieval Cathedral and monuments It is a town that encapsulates the magic of ancient history, reflecting the best of Spain’s millennia-old Mediterranean heritage. The nearby Porta Aventura theme park and the Costa Caribe Water park- near Salou- provide an exciting opportunity for many fun activities and is a great spot to visit for families with children or water sports enthusiasts.
For wine and food lovers, Villafranca del Penedès is the place to be- as the capital of the Penedès Wine region it is filled with Bodegas and many guided tours of the wineries are available. Here, too, valuable historical monuments are present everywhere- like the great Basilica in the historic centre, dating to 1285 A.D., and the Palau Reial where you can visit the Wine Museum. Check out the curious ages-old tradition of Human tower building (castellers), and choose among the 7 major restaurants in Sant Marti Sarroca for an extraordinary gastronomic experience. For a romantic getaway, there are some lovely B&Bs around the area that are great for couples and perfect for a honeymoon retreat.
Just 90 km north of Barcelona lies Girona, a university town filled with many Medieval wonders of architecture and beautiful hill-top scenic sights, including the banks of the River Ter. As an important Jewish intellectual center in Medieval times it retains all its historical and philosophical character and a visit to the Bonastruc Jewish centre is sure to be a rewarding and educational experience for students and first-time visitors to Spain. Nearby Figueres is also the birthplace of Salvador Dalì and a visit to the Teatre-Museu Dalì is definitely a must for art historians.
Montserrat, the sacred mountain in Catalonia dedicated to the Virgin of Montserrat, is the religious centre of Catalonia and another invaluable place where you can experience the religiosity of ages gone-by that still fills the ambient with its famous Monastery and mystical natural habitat that has inspired countless legends – including the influence of the Cathars and the Templar Knights. It is renowned as a centre of religious pilgrimages and for nature-lovers; you can go hiking in the mountain or take cable-rides to the top while admiring the wonderful mystique of its panorama.