El Prat Airport, Terminal 1 and 2
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With endless culture, awe-inspiring architecture and beautiful Mediterranean coastline, Barcelona is one of Europe's most popular tourist destinations. This vibrant metropolis offers visitors an experience like no other in Spain, making it perfect for a short city break, or if you are looking to stay a bit longer too. As there is so much on offer, renting a car is the best way to make the most of your trip.
Barcelona El Prat Airport is located around seven miles to the southwest of the city’s center. We have car hire counters in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, making it easy to find us wherever you’re flying in from. Plus, with Hertz you enjoy the best price guarantee so you always know you’re getting a great deal.
Business travelers find the airport convenient for access to the Zona Franca Industrial Estate, which is just four and a half miles away and vital to Barcelona’s economy.
For curious visitors to Catalonia, Barcelona El Prat presents the chance to visit a vast selection of must-see attractions and fun destinations. The main route from the airport to the city itself is relatively simple to follow and takes around 20 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. Exit the airport from Av. De l’Aeroport onto the C-31 and follow this road to Barcelona, where it merges to become Gran Via de Les Corts Catalanes, transporting you to the very heart of the city.
To visit coastal destinations out of the city, including the Costa Brava, drivers should take the C-33 to the E-15 heading north. For the Serra de Collserola Natural Park, the best route is to head east on the B-10, before joining the B-20 which takes you through the district of Horta-Guinardó to the park beyond.
The expressways in and around Barcelona are among some of Spain’s very best, however before setting out it’s worthwhile learning a little about the rules of the road rules of the road. Spaniards drive on the right and motorbikes and scooters may be more common on the roads than you’re accustomed to at home. Tolls are charged on some routes (including most A roads) so make sure you’re carrying the right coins for them. A and E-roads are expressways or autopistas, and the national speed limit is 73 miles per hour. If you’re traveling with children, remember under 12s can only travel in the front seat if they’re in specially designed rear-facing car seats.
Vibrant and cosmopolitan, modern yet steeped in history, Barcelona is an intriguing city for a quick break or a longer stay. The capital of Catalonia, this destination has a unique character and a degree of independence from the rest of Spain. The city itself is a diverse hotspot that provides great nightlife, outstanding cultural highlights and a rich vein of heritage. Outside the city, there’s a less well-known but equally compelling world to discover.
Art and architecture
Antoni Gaudí is the name most closely associated with Barcelona and his stunning architecture, public parks, and monuments are dotted right across the city. The ultimate Gaudí experience has to be the Sagrada Família, a magnificent church that stands glorious and proud overlooking the streets below. However, Park Güell with its colorful curves and the enchanting Casa Milà are also well worth a visit.
Aside from Gaudí’s great works, Barcelona boasts a number of excellent museums and art galleries. The Museu Picasso provides a great insight into the life and work of Pablo Picasso, an artist who called the city home for some years. Meanwhile, the MNAC: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya has a far broader subject matter, stretching as it does across 1,000 years of local history.
The main beach in Barcelona is Barceloneta. In the run-up to the 1992 Olympics, the city invested heavily in the beach and its surrounding areas and it shows. Lined with chiringuitos (or beach bars) with people trying out water sports and the sight of majestic yachts sailing into the harbor, this is a bustling, urban seafront. For a quieter sand and sea experience travel to Sant Sebastia beach at the end of the peninsula, or Mar Bella beach, which is popular with local people.
Shopping, eating and exploring
Whether you’re stopping off for coffee and a bite to eat, browsing the intimate streets of the Gothic Quarter or haggling for locally-made leather goods or silver jewelry, there’s always plenty happening in Barcelona. Las Ramblas, the city’s central boulevard is a great place to begin your explorations and it’s also where you’ll find Boqueria Market, a foodie hotspot where classic Catalonian dishes are created using fresh, local produce. Packed with restaurants, shops, and friendly tapas bars, Las Ramblas’ central spine also provides access to other intriguing streets and lanes, each one leading to a new adventure.
Beyond the city center
Hiring a car from Barcelona El Prat Airport puts you at liberty to experience life beyond the bustle of Barcelona’s center. Explore the lush forests and mountains of Serra de Collserola Natural Park to the northwest of the city, a place of great biodiversity and beauty. Or take time out to discover the many smaller towns and coastal villages that satellite Barcelona, each with their own distinct personalities and packed calendars of religious and social festivities.